My dad (48 y.o) has been in severe pain for the last 3 months. Pain started mainly on the lower back (out of the blue). We tried physiotheraphy and swimming for 4-6 weeks and received nerve root block injections on L5/S1 bilaterally which helped a little.
The pain is very severe causing muscle weakness, loss of balance and also mobility in both legs. He has a burning feeling on both his knees (front of knees I think).
All surgeons we've been to has recommended a L5/S1 fusion laminectomy+decompression. We have accepted it because we need to increase quality of life for Dad.
Now, reading this MRI report on his lumbar spine has made me nervous. I'll summarise the L4/L5/S1 areas:L4-L5
: broadbased disc bulge, right para foraminal bilateral annular tear
, facet joint hypertrophy, mild foraminal neural exit narrowing bilaterally, possible irritation to L4 nerve root weight bearingL5-S!
: broadbased disc bulge
, facet joint hypertrophy. Narrowing of left neural exit foramina with probable impingement on left L5 nerve root. Mild narrowing of neural foraminal exit on left, potential impingement on L5 left nerve root weight bearing.
From what I understand, both L4/5 and L5/S1 have disc bulges but L4/5 has a annular tear (herniated disk). However, L5/S1 has more probably impingement of the L5 nerve root (left) while L4/5 only has a mild one.
Do you think L5/S1 could be the problematic disc causing the main pain in the back and burning effect on the knees, loss of mobility and energy? I purely just ask out of experience and will get proper advice, but right now I just need to see if I should be worried about it.
Thanks all, you're lifesavers (quite literally). http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/mri-reports-why-we-cant-advise
Liz spine-health moderator