Hi all, first post here, and have done some reading, and frankly got myself worked up a bit at all the horror with folks on back pain, stenosis and surgery's etc.
I'll begin my story about 15 years ago, started noticing my left leg kind of numb and tingly. I went to a chiro, he took some exrays and said I had some birth defects and some areas that were were trying or were fusing. He recommended several treatments to get my spine mobilized. After a few weeks the numbness did go away.
Over the years since, once in a while I get a little inflammation around my I would say left SI joint but with stretches it seems to quiet down. About 4 weeks ago, the irritation just seemed like it wasn't going away, in fact I was having some problems trying to get comfortable sleeping, just tossing and turning. So I went to my doctor the next day.
She gave me some mobic 15mg and muscle relaxers at night did an mri and I asked for physical therapy.
I'm in pretty decent shape as it is, not overweight.
The MRI says the following....
L1-2 through L4-5 No abnormalties.
L5-S1 There are bilateral pars defects at L5, without spondylolisthesis.Mild assymmetric left disc bulge and left facet hypertrophy result in mild left foraminal stenosis. The spinal can is patent.
Note is made of a hemangloma of the L5 vertebral body.
So what I understand of this is I think have a birth defect this pars defect deal. And some DDD that is happening at L5 and s1.
I'm just wondering what my chances of avoiding a surgery and quality of life are with this? I am working on core excercises in PT, which I'm finding crunches weren't working my correct abd like I thought. My chirco says this would be a little cleanup of bone if it's pinching the nerve. I just don't know what to think, sure appreciate the feedback and info.
I'm 40, and lead a pretty active life and don't mind changing some things up but I sure hate the thought of my quality of life tanking right now.