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help understanding my ct

connie62cconnie62 Posts: 1
edited 10/25/2014 - 9:11 PM in Lower Back Pain
hi, I am 52 year old female, i have had a back problem for a long time but the last few months, i have been getting pain and burning in my buttock lower back numbness down the back of my leg into my foot and burning on the top of my foot, i have developed a limp and now have alot of hip pain, sometimes i wake up in the night with no felling in my leg. my doctor has referred me to the hospital, but last time i saw them , they said that they wouldnt do anything until i cant walk. some of the things that dont sound good to me on the ct scan..L2/3 mild disc annulus laxity. L3/4 mild broardbased posterior disc bulge. L4/5 same as L3/4. L5/S1 anterolisthesis secondary to bilateral pars defects. slight uncovering of the posterior disc. moderate reduction of foraminalheight loss. there is a mild to moderate right and severe left neural foraminal norrowing with probable compromise of the exiting left L5 nerve root. possibility of right L5 nerve root irritation cannot be entirely excluded. its all too confusing , but i worry the if it gets worse it might do damage. the pain is driving me mad and i have fallen a couple of times this week. any ideas. hospital wait is usual 18 months. cheers


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    There is nobody on the forum qualified or permitted to advice on an scan finding the rules state....
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  • Hi Connie. Are you in England or Canada? If you're in the USA I'd ask for a different referral (if you need one) & get a second opinion. I was told 8 years ago that surgery would only be an option when I was dragging my limp leg behind me. I wish I'd got a second opinion then.
    If surgery isn't an option what are they recommending to treat you? Have you been referred to pain management? Physical therapy? Spine injections? There's a lot you can be doing to help. Please stay away from chiropractors & stick with specialists for your care.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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