New here, so quick background..low back pain for 7 years before a Dr listened and did MRI. Found one torn bulging disc L4/5. Started conservative treatment then lost insurance: ( 9 months later started square one again.,after not responding to treatment sent to ortho that said i now have too much damage for surgery?!? Ordered Discogram while I also scheduled 2nd opinion w neuro next week.
Now..last wed I had the disco and ct. Since the disco I have very severe and new back and leg pain. Also having urinary retention. Called pain Dr and sent to er..MRI said no cauda..now today Monday, pain is still 9\10. Called pain Dr got no call back. So my dh went to pick up my copy of ct results..
L2-3(control disc) contrast extends to the middle third of annulous consistent with grade 2 tear, minimal disc bulge.
L3-4 central disc protrusion which causes mod. ventral thecal sac eff. Midline annular tear, grade 3.
L4\5. There is a Severe diffuse disc bulge w a central and right paracentral disc protrusion. Grade 4 annular tear present paracentral rightward. Moderate the cal sac eff. bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
L5\1. Mild diffuse disc bulge w contrast extending to outer third of the annulous w a c OK ncentric morphology consistent w grade 4 tear. Partial sacralization of left aspect w pseudoarthrosis.(a congenital deformation)
Am I right to feel that I will only continue to hear no's from surgeons because there's too much wrong? I'm a 30yo mom of three who is all but absent from a large part of my kids lives due to pain and weakness! Anyone have so mular damage with a positive outcome? I just feel like I was run over by the "you're screwed" train.