Hi , I'm in UK and found this site a huge benefit over the last few months, so thought I'd say Hi, and share the pain, as they say :-)
I,m female, 41 yrs young and active, often refusing to accept I have a back problem.
12 years as a farrier made me change career 12 yrs ago due to repeated backache which I presume all farriers get!
On/off lower back pain for past 15 yrs or so, varied in episodes but debilitating in 2003 and fully immobile for 2 days, doc said nothing to worry about, diclofenac and rest ?
Shunted in rear end car accident 2009, similar attack. Same as always. Doc gave as much diclofenac on repeat I needed, backed up with 2 months physio from insurance of other driver.
Jan12. Problem just ain't going away so back to doc, this time full bloods, X-rays , more diclofenac, diazepam at night 5mg and paracetamol.
X-ray report = Moderate degenerative changes in the intervertebral joints at L4/L/5, L5/S1 with osteophyte formation. No vertebral destruction. Normal alignment.
White blood count very high 17.3, neut 13.18
Repeated but same.
Referred to consultant. Diagnosed DDD, Osteoarthritis, he said bones misaligned ,one slightly slipped, advised physio and MRI.
MRI = Normal vertebral body height and alignment. End plate degenerative change at L4/5. The lower two disks are degenerative. Changes worse at L4/5 suggesting a transitional lumbosacral junction. For the purposes of this report the lowest fully formed in vertebral disk is designated L5/S1. Incidental haemangioma L4 vertebral body.
Axial imaging- L3/4 normal
L4/5 diffuse disk. This causes moderate central canal stenosis and very early bilateral foraminal narrowing. Facet joints at this level are well preserved.
L5/S1 small broad based posterior disk bulge indenting thecal sac but no overt canal stenosis. Early left neutral foraminal narrowing.
Nothing to suggest infection at any level.
Normal sacroiliac joints.
Conclusion= Possible transitional lumbosacral junction. Degenerative Disk Disease, particularly at L4/5.
Back to docs, advised nothing to worry about, over the counter pain meds, diazepam as before as and when needed and physio, retook bloods as still not known why high white blood count. Awaiting results.
So an hour at Physio today, hurts during and since session but will live with that, weekly sessions for next two months.
Ok, nowhere near as bad as some of you guys on here, but just needed to share the pain, no idea what all the reports mean for now but reckon they would intervene if I needed it?
Can't move much in the mornings, like rigor mortis sets in overnight, have trouble bending over, hurts when sitting or standing too long or after physical exercise. No more horse shoeing :-(
Terrified of hospitals so if surgery is ever mentioned i would have kittens !
Anyway, long intro but glad to meet you all xx
Surgery = 2 level Active L replacement discs
L4/5 L5/S1 Sept 2012, feeling great !