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Disc issues S1 to TH11 , is that unusual & what next ?

Hi , I'm English , living in Switzerland and looking forward to becoming involved in this community. I'm 39, mainly work in office and travel a reasonable amount. Just over a year ago I had a bout of extreme sharp back pain. After a year of physio, although its now not debilitating, the discomfort not really gone away and now comes and goes. This month I visited an orthopedic surgeon. After an MRI and X ray he told me the following ( my words from notes I took while he was talking to me)
1. L5-S1 Very large herniated disc, spreading to both sides meaning i feel effects on left and right , not much room for nerves
2. L5-L4 & L4 - Degenerative disc disease, hyper mobility (hypertrophia?) and stenosis. Disc inflammation.
3. L1-Th12 Small but painful herniations front and back , any type of impact could be severe because of potential for effect on medula (?)
4. Th12 -Th 11 Same but less severe

There were also some notes on my X-ray about an 'ostéo chondromatrose de scheurmann' and I think some pointy bits on my thoracic vertebrae. I'm living in french speaking switzerland which means that there is both a french/german /english as well as medical language barrier : I wonder if I misunderstood the severity…..it feels quite frightening.

I was told to stop all activities with potential impact ( ski , sail , horse ride, ice skate , jog) , take paracetamol. Overall was told I don't need an operation but this news has made me very nervous about my future (I'm 39). So if anyone has any thought I'd be really grateful ….I'm wondering things like

Is it typical to have multiple issues like this? At my age?
What questions should I ask at my next appointment ?
ShalI just stick with physio and see how it goes? Or look for a second opinion to get more info ?

Many thanks for any thoughts


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