Greetings to everyone. I'm new to the site and I have read alot of personal stories and I sincerely sympathize with all of you suffering. I had a central-left sided L5-S1 disc herniation pushing on CSF filled sac and L5 nerve root which sent me for instant surgery back in 1995.
May 22, 2012 CT Scan reveal what is going on now;
L4-L5; there is a mild circumferential disc bulge with a superimposed right foraminal broad-based disc protrusion. The disc material is effacing the perineural fat around the exiting right L4 nerve root and could be resulting in impingment. Spinal canal appears minimally narrowed.
L5-S1; There is assymetric disc space narrowing with reletively severe narrowing of the disc space to the left of midline, and minimal narrowing to the right of midline. A moderate-sized left posterolateral end plate osteophyte is seen, which is encroaching on the neural foramen and resulting in moderate left foraminal stenosis. There is effacement of the perineural fat around the exiting L5 nerve root and impingment of the nerve root cannot be excluded with this appearance. A small posterior central disc protrusion is identified which indents the ventral aspect of the thecal sac and results in minimal decrease in the AP diameter of the spinal canal. The right lateral recess and right neural foramina are widely patent. The left lateral recess is mildly narrowed.
Previous plain x rays revealed moderate disc space narrowing at both L4-L5 and L5-S1 disc spaces.
So there's my story. Been dealing with a bad back for over 17 years.