Good evening everyone. I finally was able to get in to see a physiatrist for my back. My husband had to take a day off work to take me because it was a 2 hour drive each way and my back just can't handle driving for over 25 minutes. I got there and she looked at my MRI from 2010, 2011 and then realized 2011 was my last lumbar MRI. So I spent over 4 hours in the car only to be told she couldn't do much until I had another MRI to see how my spine has changed in 2 years. So fustrating. I had the MRI yesterday and I am expecting a call tomorrow to discuss the results. She was concerned because of the end plate degeneration and loss of disc height in the 8 months between my 2010 and 2011 MRIs was advancing at an alarmingly fast rate, especially since I am in my early 30s. My pain hasn't improved nor has my function since my 2011 MRI. I am really worried waiting for these results. I don't know which way I prefer it to go, that is hasn't changed and they don't know why my pain is still severe or that my spine and discs have degenerated even more and I am looking at a L5/S1 fusion. Waiting sucks!
DDD & spinal stenosis L4-S1 since 2001
30+ injections, PT, massage therapy, accupuncture, TENS unit, meds, etc but no surgical intervention
I am not a surgical candidate