I was rear-ended March 5, 2014 by a drunk driver doing about 30 mph as I was at a dead stop waiting on a light. I since have healed from severe whiplash in my neck and shoulders, but my lower back and hips are causing me sooo much constant pain, which is 5 x worse during my monthly cycle. I just had a MRI completed yesterday of the lumbar region and I am waiting to see my doctor on Monday. I was able to pick up the report ahead of time. I will relay to you all what the report said:
L4-L5: Loss of disc signal. Diffuse disc bulge. There is a focal high intensity zone in the posterior. Central annulus consistent with a fissure.
IMPRESSION: L4-L5: Degenerative Disc Disease & Disc Annulus Fissure.
I am concerned because I don't believe that the DDD is something that has been occurring over time, I viewed the scan and the disc stated above is a gray color and not black like true DDD shows. I'm only 35 years old and have been extremely healthy and active. I have never had a back injury in my life, nor have I had any back pain or torn muscles. I know that this area along with my hips have been injured in the accident and I'm afraid that when I go to the docs ... I will be told otherwise. I am certain that the disc became injured during the impact causing it to bulge tear and compromising it leading to dehydration. Is there anybody that can offer any advise on DDD or even Internal Disc Disruption Syndrome? Are there any treatments or should I be anticipating surgery?
I greatly thank you for your time!