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Pain in the bum!

Hi, I am new to the forum but have done a great deal of reading posts!


I am suffering with sciatic pain in my legs. It seems to go through my knee and the front of my leg down to my feet.

I originally hurt my back last June when I was moving a book case. I was in a lot of pain, particularly down my left leg. The dr sent me for an x ray where it was reported that something was up with the facet joints. He told me it was muscular and gave me pain meds.

I saw a physio and a chiro in the following months and managed to get to a point where I could resume training (I go the the gym) I have been suffering with lower back pain and sciatica for the year since then, the dr gave me exercises and offered me Valium. I was sure there was something else going on but he assured me it was just muscular and bones.

Over the last year I have continued to weight lift and do exercise classes, I am a fit woman of 39, I work out and do Pilates.

Last month when bending down I felt something 'go' went back to the Dr who refused and MRI and sent me for another Xray. This was the same as last years. Prescribed more meds.

I decided to get an MRI done privately as I want to know what's going on so I can work my training round it. These are the results:

The discs at l4/l5 and l5/s1 are dehydrated and there is circumferential disc prolapse at these levels. At l5/s1there is narrowing of the neural formarina but no nerve compression. At l4/l5 the neural for marina are narrowed and the disc material is in close contact with the L5 nerve roots. In the lateral recesses but they are not compressed.

What does this all mean? And is there a way of resolving it.
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  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
    edited 07/07/2014 - 3:04 AM
    Unfortunately no one on this site is qualified or allowed to interpret any MRI results. The interpretation will have to come from your Dr. You can do some google searches which may help. If you're not happy with your current Dr then it may be a good Idea to find another one. It may be difficult going back to your current Dr with MRI results that he didn't approve. It would be best to have a spine specialist evaluate the MRI but that must be done on a referral basis. I would be careful with the weight lifting until you have more answers.

    Good luck!
    LC
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • Thank you...I suppose what I want to know is is it bad :-( I have an appt with the GP next week. Should I be asking for a referral to a consultant? I'm hoping he will play ball.
  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
    edited 07/07/2014 - 3:57 AM
    You can wait and see what he has to say about it. It never hurts to ask about a referral but he may go ahead and recommend one anyway. In many cases MRI's sound much scarier than they really are. My surgeon has pointed out things on my MRI's that the radiologist missed, that's why it's good to see a spine specialist to get more accurate information. I know a week seems like a really long time to get results but I would do some searches and write down questions to ask at your upcoming appointment. We aren't doctors so we are unable to say if it's bad or not. The last thing you want is to be given wrong information and that can happen if people start trying to interpret the results.
    Progressive DDD
    Osteoarthritis
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
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