I was struck down with excruciating pain 2 months ago, where a doctor and physio diagnosed the condition as a 'disc slip'.
I after some physio works, I feel a lot better and practically have no pain. In fact, the only pain I am currently experiencing is muscle pain on my higher back due to the exercises and physio work.
Although the physio did not recommend a MRI, I did have one.
The MRI was examined by an Orthopaedic surgeon. He just looked at it an explained that I will be fine, and must go back to physio...
The physio also examined the MRI and noted the same.
The MRI explained that I have a dehydrated (dark) and slightly narrowed disc S1 L5 with a disc bulge (not on then nerve). I had the MRI a couple of weeks after extensive physio work.
Now, when I do research in the internet, I see the MRI results are not as trivial as my doctors seem to make of it.
I get the impression that:
1) The S1 L5 disc will narrow more. (The physio told me it won't and it was caught 'early')
2) That I will eventually have more flare ups with the disc.
3) Most possibly in the future I will have surgery at S1 L5.
4) The disc bulge will not go away, (The physio told me it will)
According the rest of my back is in great shape. I feel great now, but something tells me that I will have to start to prepare for the future...