I recently visited an orthopedic surgeon to pinpoint the cause of my back pain. His diagnosis was spina bifida (which i already knew about), sciatica (which is an extremely generalized term), and a herniated disc between the L5 and S1. He hasn't taken an MRI but intends to do so in after 6 weeks of physical therapy which started yesterday. My physical therapist is having trouble locating the affected nerve roots so she can begin treatment but all of this twisting and bending is about to kill me. Do you notice anything strange? I think I see some of the discs out of place aside from the L5-S1. At first glance it didn't look too bad and I'm wondering if he just didn't get a good enough look at it. It is an x-ray so the discs are barely visible. Should I ask for an mri sooner? I've been dealing with this pain and numbness for 10 years. It's been progressively worse. I have recently (within the last year) developed what the therapist called "saddle numbness". I was given steroid injections and told to go home and take a tylenol. For once I'd like a doctor to say, "I found your problem, we're going to do everything we can to fix it."
This guy acts like I should be able to move a mountain, when I can't hardly spend 30 minutes upright followed by 3 hours of laying down with my heating pad.