Hi! I just joined this forum today (9/9/14). I got my MRI done on 8/29, have my EMG scheduled for 9/11, and my return visit to the spine specialist on 9/24.
I am currently being treated by a chiropractor who is a disc specialist (trained and certified in the Cox technique). I began my treatments yesterday and am scheduled to see him three times a week for at least several weeks to see if this helps. Otherwise the spinal specialist recommended surgery based upon my x-rays when I first saw him--to fuse the L2 & L3 disks together. I have had 17 surgeries (non-back related) and I don't want to add another one to my list. I am willing to try alternative treatment (not steroid or drug related ones) to see if it helps with my pain. In a bit, I will explain the results of my MRI. Just bear with me please.
In 2011, I had a fall over a trailer hitch (don't ask, but let's just say I was extremely tired and forgot it was there). That landed me on my right hip and side. The next day I left for a road trip to move from Nevada to Georgia (pain, yes). It got to the point I could not lift my hips after several months and the orthopedic doctor diagnosed me as having a gluteus medius muscle injury. No x-rays were taken only a manual exam was performed. Four months of physical torture and not much relief, not to mention no more money. Fast forward, after fracturing my 3rd metatarsal on my right foot and wearing a walking boot for eight weeks, I endured another year plus of vertigo and loss of balance. Not to mention the great sensations I was feeling in my feet. I was tested for diabetic neuropathy and found nothing, I was tested by an ENT and found nothing, and finally was tested by heart doctor and found nothing. No one could answer why I was losing my balance. Late last year I jumped out of bed, forgot I had vertigo and ended up face forward in my chest of drawers. No broken bones but I had a deviated septum. Then in March of this year, I ended up tripping on some uneven surface while carrying my dog. I ended up shifting my dog to the left while taking the majority of the fall on my right side. I still endured loss of balance and almost falling if I didn't pay attention to how I was walking. I exhausted my chiropractic visits when he finally order an x-ray of my lower spine and hips. Now that brings to where I am at now. Whew!
Keep in mind I haven't had my EMG or return visit yet. My current chiropractor shared with me the MRI report. It states:
T11 &12: Disc desiccation. Disc space narrowing. Mild bulge. Moderate facet hypertrophy. Mild foraminal stenosis is noted.
T12 & L1: Mild bulge. Central canal and foramina are adequate.
L1 & 2: Minor bulge. Central canal and foramina are adequate.
L2 &3: Disc dessication. Disc space narrowing. 2 mm retrolistesis. Moderate bulge. Mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L3 & 4: Disc dessication. Minor bulge. Mild facet hypertrophy. Mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L4 & 5: Disc dessication. Moderate bulge. Probable small central extrusion. Mild facet hypertrophy. Moderate subarticular recess stenosis. Mild bilateral Foraminal stenosis.
L5 & S1: Disc dessication. Mild bulge. Moderate right and mild left facet hypertrophy. Moderate right and mild left stenosis.
Impression: 1. Bulge, small central extrusion, and mild facet hypertrophy causes moderate subarticular recess stenosis and mild foraminal stenosis at L4 &5. 2. Moderate bulge and retrolistesis at L2 &3 contributes to mild bilateral foraminal stenosis. 3. Moderate right foraminal stenosis at L5&S1 is noted. 4. Milder degenerative changes are otherwise noted.
Seriously? I'm not doctor but this sure sounds bad. I'll see what the EMG and the return visit render. It would have been nice to know there might be damage three years ago when I fell when I moved. Can someone say, my have dropped the ball here?