My name is Terri, I'm 24, and I figured that I would reintroduce myself since it's been a while since I've been on. On March 13th, it will be the 3 year anniversary of my back injury. About 6 months ago, I finally got a diagnosis. The doctors diagnosed me with:
1. L5-S1 Bulge
2. Lumbar Radiculopathy (nerve root impingement from disc)
3. Bilateral Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
4. Lumbar Facet Syndrome
Today, I received another diagnosis. I finally (for the first time) got an Epidural Steroid Injection for the bulging disc. As I was sitting in the recovery area getting ready to leave, the doctor came over to me with a bit of surprising news. He told me that he had a problem getting the needle to my disc due to bony growths coming out of the area where he needed to inject. He said that it was most likely an effect of my injury and that it is a sign that arthritis is beginning.
I researched "bony overgrowths on spine" and Spinal Stenosis was in the vast majority of results. Is that what the bony overgrowths are called? Is it relatively normal for someone my age? Are any of these diagnosis relatively normal for someone my age.
It has me a bit concerned that at only 24, this pain may be ongoing. I tried really hard to get a diagnosis when I was first injured, but Worker's Comp was a pain in the you know what, as per their norm.
I'd appreciate if anyone could answer of my questions, it would be incredibly helpful. Thanks so much everyone!