I recently had an mri scan of my lumber spine, do to years of back problems. been sent for numerous exrays, but nothing ever showed up. i was lucky a locum doctor was in the surgery i managed to persuade him to send me for an mri scan.. well the results dont mean a lot to me. but i guess it shows the reason im suffering reocurring lower back problems.
AT L3-4 ther is a minor facet joint hypertrophy but ther is no significant disc prolapse. ther is no canal or foraminal stenosis at this level or any nerve root compression.
AT L4_5 ther is a broad posterior disc bulge with an associated annular tear. this does not cuase anysignificant canal stenosis, but the disc does just contact both trabsiting L5 nerve roots.
At L5-s1 ther is a broad posterior disc bulge and associated annular tear. again this does not cause significant canal stenosis but the disc contacts both transiting s1 nerve roots. no compression is seen however.
its all abit of a mouthful really. in short i want to know a couple of things. is disc bulge another word for herniated disc, or slipped disc. when my mum asks whats wrong with my back, i dont want to read the scan report out to her, what is wrong with my back in short.
and the other thing was has any one taken gabapentin for this sort of problem. im on day one of taking 300mg 3 times a day . i also take zapain for the pain. in the daytime. i can also take amytriptaline at night if needs be.
Ive never taken tablets for nerve pain befor. i just wounderd what peoples experiences of being on gabapentin were.
thanks sarah xx