I have been dealing with back pain for 25 yrs now. When I was 18 I broke my back in 2 places (lumbar) and it's been downhill from there. I had microdiscectomy about 15 yrs ago and felt great until about 3 yrs ago. I just recently had an MRI which showed several issues. I am scheduled to see my surgeon on march 20th and quite frankly, I am kinda worried. The MRI shows:
Discogenic Sclerosis surrounding l4-l5
A Hemangioma in the body of l4
A large recurrent right-sided herniated nucleus pulposis that fills the right lateral recess with disc material at l4-l5
Central disc bulge with annular tear at l3-l4
Small to moderate central disc bulge at l5-S1
disc dessication and foraminal stenosis at l3-l4, l4-l5, l5-S1
I am most concerned with the l4-l5 and the hemangioma. Anyone care to translate any of this or tell me what to expect? I would sure appreciate it.
I should also include a little treatment history, over the years I have had over 30 of the steroid injections,and numerous physical therapists neither of which has helped at all.
I currently manage the pain with medications and a tens unit, however I'm reaching the end of my rope and need some relief. Any and all advice will be appreciated.