6 weeks ago I injured my back picking a bowl up off the floor. The chiropractor I seen said it was L5 irritation and sent me to the hospitals er for them to do X-rays. And pain management. The doctor never ordered xrays, she told me it was a pulled muscle , gave me a muscle relaxer injection and a prescription for muscle relaxers and said I would be fine in less than a week. The pain was unbearable and felt like fireworks through my back into my legs and all my muscles in my back would tense up. I got the results of my ct scan back and my doctor was not very informative. He didn't explain everything and just said that he would see me in a month as well as gave me a prescription for pain killers and naproxen. He also said he would see me in a month and we would discuss more then and that I should be open to the idea of surgery. I have been doing exercises I found online as well as using the Dr HO pain therapy system. I am still in a lot of pain and have a hard time standing for even short periods of time, Bending hurts a lot, I only get 2-4 hours of sleep a night because I toss and turn so much trying to find a pain free position. It is really affecting my life. I am giving my ct results. Can someone tell me if this is surgical? And if it is will the surgery help the amount of pain I'm in?
CT LUMBAR SPINE RESULTS Mild scoliosis, convex left apex L4-L5. L1-L2 level is maintained.
At L2-L3 there is a mild anterior disc bulge, the l2-l3 level otherwise relatively maintained. At L3-L4 there is a mild broad-based or diffuse disc bulge. Mild prominence pf ligamentum flavum. The l3-l4 level is otherwise relatively maintained.
At L4-L5 there is mild disc space narrowing. Mild marginal osteophytosis. No definitive facet pathology of significance. Prominence of the ligamentum flavum. A mild to moderate central/ left para central disc bulge is superimposed upon a milder diffuse disc bulge and may abut the anterior thecal sac. There is no significant or foraminifera spinal stenosis.
At L5-S1 the disc height is maintained. There is spurring of the left L5-S1 facet joint. There is a mild diffuse disc bulge. No significant central or foraminal spinal stenosis.
Incidental nonfusion of the posterior elements at S1.
A subcentimeter bone island is identified within the L2 vertebral body.
Can anyone give me just a bit more I formation in what is going on with my back?