My lower back has been hurting for about 4 months since I slipped and fell back on my slipper lawn mower deck early morning from the dew on my mower deck. Ever since, I've had lower back pain, but could deal with it.
I was taking Norco 7.5/325 mg for my headaches 2-3x per day which was taking the edge off. Again, it wasn't too bad. I replaced my mattress thinking that was the problem, have stretched quite a bit nearly every day... And again, no relief but I dealt with it.
About 3 weeks ago, I have noticed it getting progressively worse, so I scheduled an MRI. The results came back as this:
MRI Results: Congenital Spinal Stenosis & Acquired Facet Arthropathy at L5-S1
Now I know what the Congenital Spinal Stenosis is (narrowing of my lower lumbar section), but unsure as to what the Acquired Facet Arthropathy at L5-S1 is. The pain was so bad, I can't stand for longer than a few minutes. If I try sweeping, I have to stop after about 2 minutes because my lower back feels like it's going to snap in half on me.
Right when the pain was getting significantly worse but before the MRI, my doctor switched me from the Norco 7.5's to Percocet 10's. I take 3 of those per day and all it does it take the edge off. I don't get "high" (Thank God), but it's not helping the pain that much.
I have a specialist appointment being setup by my PCP right now with a group of very good neurosurgeons here in Georgia.
My question is, can someone who has experience respond as to what my diagnosis really means? Doctors don't seem to take the necessary time with you to explain everything.
Thanks so much for helping! And btw, I'm 29 years old and in my landscaping business, so this needs to get fixed ASAP.