Good evening to anyone that reads this and hello. I have just joined this site as I am looking for support. If you don't mind I will post what I have been given by my doctor as I don't really understand what is wrong with me and they were in a rush and didn't explain!
I have had severe back pain for a number of years but always put off going to the doctors as twice I had been told it was solely a weight issue. I only went back a couple of months ago as the weight is now gone. Here goes:
L4/5 - 'very large central disc herniation causing severe AP and sagital canal narrowing together with compression of the transversing L5 nerve roots bilaterally'
L5/S1 - 'central disc herniation which abuts the transversing S1 nerve roots bilaterally'
L3/4 - posterior annular tear with a circumferential disc bulge.
normal marrow signal and normal conus.
Im sorry for re - writing this but if anyone could explain I would be very grateful..
What is the likely way to deal with all of this? I have been referred to a neurosurgeon but that worries me that surgery is the only option.. I have tried physiotherapy before as well as heat/ice which makes no difference to the swelling that is present.
To top it off I have just found out I am 4 weeks pregnant! I have been in agonising pain for the last 3 days as i am scared to take pain killers and I am worried about the effects to myself and the baby as i get bigger. Might i add I lost a baby at 20 weeks only 6 months ago and from 13 weeks the pain was terrible, they diagnosed me with SPD but I feel it was more my back problem
So sorry for the long essay, not really how i would normally introduce myself, but i figured i would get it out in the open!