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L4/L5 and L5/S1 bulging disc

Hi my name is Ashley, I hurt my lower back since 2 years. First symptom was severe back pain but with time the pain decrease and I was still able to play football and practice other sport. However during the last past month I have started feeling acute pain on my tail bone especially when sleeping and sitting. I went to see an physician he send me to for an MRI.My report was:-

Curvature and Alignment: normal lumbar lodosis & normal vertebral alignment . Mild leconvex scoliosis.
Vertebrral Bodies: Normal in height & signal. Features of lumburization of S1.
Posterior Elements:Normal
Discs: Desiccated L4/L5 & L5/S1 discs with associated L4/L5 &L5/S1 discal bulging identing on the anterior thecal sac & narrowing mmidly the adjacent exit foraminae.
Canal: mild central lumbar canalar narrowing at L4/L5 (11 mm) & L5/S1 (10mm) with ligamentum flavum thickening & triangular thecal sac configuration.
Conus and Cauda: Normal & located at T12/L1
Para Vertebral Soft Tissue: Normal
Visible Sacroiliac Joints: Normal

When my physician check the report he recommended to avoid lifting heavy objects, avoid sudden bending, and also to stop doing sport except from walking and swimming. From time I started feeling numbness going down my leg. At night I can barely sleep on my lower back because the pain on my tailbone is too sharp. I have been taking muscle relaxant and anti inflammatory drugs but it looks like it has no effect.

I am still 23 years old, I am studying at the university, I have been practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but it seems like all these joyful moment is coming to an end because my lower back condition has worsen. Could someone please advise if there is any treatment for it or what will be the best reccomendation for me?




  • Now that your Doc has the results, ask for a referral to a back specialist. There are a lot of treatments out there for your condition. If you search on here you will find many many stories that sound just like yours.

    Most likely you will start out with physical therapy and go from there, with the last resort being surgery, which I would recommend you put off for as long as you can, and only after you have exhausted every other option.

    Read up on the many articles here and you will be much better off then I was when I started my journey.

    Good luck
    Fusion L4-S1, T8-T9 herniation.
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