I've had the sciatica symptoms for 12 months as it started a year ago and have been dealing with chronic pain mostly the tingling in my left foot. I had an MRI done in July of 2013 and October 2013. This is the latest one from October 2013. Initially my pain was radiating from my back down my leg. After using a variety of conservative treatments, the pain is mostly in my left foot and toes. I had an EMG test done and it showed some nerve activation mostly on my left side. I've tried physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and epidurals to try to eliminate the pain. The pain still exists today and although it's not daily, it's most days and depending on my activity level. I've had to give up all hobbies I enjoy and have even had to sell a Lawn Maintenance since I can't do any of the work without feeling the tingling. I've been to 2 orthedepics and both feel that I'm not a candidate for surgery.The Neurologist said that surgery could be an option but she had suggested that I speak to the actual surgeon to see if surgery may be an option and if so would it help my symptoms. I do take Gabapentin for the nerve pain. I'm thinking the pain could also be coming from the facet joint so I may have the doctor test for this. I have done spinal decompression and it does seem to help but I don't think that I've used it long enough as from what I hear must use over a period of a few months to have good effect. Sorry, I'm rambling on but this condition has really put a strain on my marriage and quality of well being.
L5S1 There's disc desciccation and disc bulging. There's moderate facet arthrosis. Disc Osteophyte complex formtation is present with mild spinal canal stenosis. There's mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
L4-L5: There's disc bulging and disc desiccation. There's moderate facet arthrosis. There's focal left lateral recess disc protrusion with an anuular tear causing mild spinal stenosis. The neural foramina are mildly narrowed due to disc bulging and facet arthrosis.
All other discs are healthy with no disc protrusions and spinal canal and neural foramina are patent.