I have been suffering from lower back pain for most of my adult life. It got worse about 11 years ago. At times I cannot walk. I am not comfortable sitting and laying down (even with legs elevated) has excruciating pain when getting up and waiting for my back to load (I dont even know it that is actual term but that is what it feels like) My back kills me. The pain radiates into my hips and mostly down my right leg. My leg feels week and heavy and I have fire comeing out my foot. I have been seeing the pain doc for 10 years and have had so many epidurals, nerve blocks, rhyzotomys etc. Also, I am on pain meds My most recent MRI states L4/5 mild disk space narrowing with minimal disk bulging with no focul protusion. Moderate facet hypertrophy with fluid in the joint spaces bilaterally. These changes can cause mild amount of central and bilateral later recess stenosis and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis. L5-S1 Mild diffuse disk bulging without focul protrusion. Minimal facet hypertrophy. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing. No central or lateral recess stenosis.
I meet with a neuro surgeon on Friday and I think I will have a breakdown if he tells me he cannot do anything (like he has done in the past). Can anyone advise me on what to do?
BTW I have tried phyical therapy, massage therapy, all the previous injections, medicine...hell I even went to some lady that sang some voodooish song while she waived her hands around my back (I was and still am desparate).
Isn't 10 years of trying to fix this condition enough?