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Herniated disc at L5-S1

Cass99CCass99 Posts: 2
edited 10/03/2014 - 8:02 PM in Lower Back Pain
I am a 42 yr female who hurt my back 8 months ago at work lifting and moving patients. My symptoms are mid/lower back pain with sharp spasms down my right leg/foot. Saw my Pmd and she ordered and X-ray and sent me to PT. No improvement, was then advised to continue with PT and finally after couple months had a MRI. MRI reads bulging disc at L5-S1. Then I was referred to pain management. Had 2 epidural shots still with no improvement and tried PT again. No improvement. Now symptoms are worst and also have spasm in buttocks and groin with tingling/numbness to right leg also. Finally referred to neurosurgeon. After examination and reviewing MRI he advised EMG. EMG was positive then he stated I will probably need a micro-disectomy. I informed him now I have spasms and pain in left leg now. He ordered another MRI. 2nd MRI he states shows the same as the 1st MRI. Then he advised I have a CT Myleogram. Now it seems like my pain in my lower/mid back is worst then my legs now. I am taking Motrin norco gabapentin baclofen and tramadol. These meds control my pain in my legs but not so much my back. I can stand for maybe 20 mins and I start to have excruciating pain. Also I noticed if I turn a certain way or even take a deep breath I get a very sharp spasm in my back that is so bad that I fall to my knees. Finally I had CT Myleogram and my results show L5-S1 mild disc bulge and endplate spur with sclerosis on the right. Mild bilateral neural foramina encroachment. Small left paramedian disc protrusion. Small anterior endplate Spurs. At level L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 with mild disc bulge at all these levels. The above is said to be due to degenerative spondylosis. Also incomplete posterior fusion level at T12, L1-L2 representing anatomic variant. Spurs ventral aspect of right and left SI joints with mild sclerosis. I don't see the surgeon for another week or so. Is my condition worst than I or the surgeon thought?
What is also very strange is the line that states incomplete posterior fusion at T12- L1/L2. I have never had surgery of any kind in my life. Any comments or advice would greatly appreciate. Thanks.


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