Long story short, I lifted my carpet shampooer to carry it upstairs back in July of this year, and I pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve or something. I went to the doctor numerous times, and he gave me every anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer and pain killer known to man. None of them worked except the painkillers, but it was only temporary. Had an x-ray at the end of July that showed mild degenerative disc disease between l4-l5 and l5-s1. Over the next month or so, my back got better on its own. Still sore/achy in the morning, but it improves throughout the morning with movement. About a week ago it happened again, only this time I was doing NOTHING. I stood up and wham--I had to stand there for several minutes just trying to breathe because the pain was so bad. Went back to the doctor and he finally ordered an MRI, which I had yesterday at an outpatient imaging center. Their radiologist won't be in to read it until Monday, then it'll be sent to my doctor hopefully by Wednesday. I'm at my wits end here. When I hurt my back in July, it really only hurt with certain movements (standing up, bending, sitting down, getting in and out of bed, etc. Walking was a huge relief, and so I walked for a mile or so each day. This time around, I just can NOT get comfortable no matter what I do. I've found the only way I can be pain free (or at least not miserable) is to lie on my stomach on a hard surface. I have the disc with the MRI images, and I"ve screen captured some of them. I don't think I can attach them to this post, but I'm curious of others opinions. I realize that probably few of you here are actually doctors, but I'm hoping for a second (or third or fourth!) set of eyes to confirm what I"m seeing on these two images I have. I am NOT looking for a diagnosis--just opinions. I can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'd be happy to forward the images. To the moderators, if this isn't allowed, please feel free to delete this post!!
No one is qualified or permitted to offer ANY opinion on your images from the MRI or any other medical test. Once your doctor receives the report, they will go over the findings and treatment options with you in the office.