Hi! Newbie here!
I'm just trying to figure out what the exact cause of my back pain could be. I have disc degeneration at L4/L5 and L5/S1 with no nerve compression according to my latest MRI. I had 4 facet joint injections last week and told by my PM doctor that all my pain would go away. But it didn't.
My question is, how do I know what is causing my pain, the discs or the facets? My pain is mostly like an extreme tightness and stiffness. I can't stand for more that about 10 minutes and when I bend over I have to go slowly and almost force my back to stretch. It's like if I could just bend really far forward and crack my spine all my pain would go away. I have trouble rolling over in bed, also.
Is this something that all of you feel? I'm just trying to figure out what it is and what else I want to do about it. If the facet joint injections didn't work, no need to do that again. I follow up with the PM on 5 days, just thought I'd join in here.
I will say I have really tight hamstrings that won't stretch no matter how much stretching I do.