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.