Hi, I am new here to this website and I am 20 years old turning 21 next month. I just don't know what to do anymore. I honestly don't know what is wrong with me. I read the diagnosis I have I don't understand it fully..The doctor told me I just have two tears on my spine and bulge. Is it common for 20's year old to have problems with their back.. I hear it from the spine specialisit and others saying your 20 years old you shouldn't be having problems with your spine. He make it sound like is soo shocking to have problems with my lower back.. But when I read the diagnosis I feel like there is more to that.
L3-L4 : Disk desiccation is present with a right subarticular recess 4mm disk protrusion and annular tear present. Mild bilateral facet arthropathy is noted. The AP canal dimension is 8.8mm. This results in a mild central, right subarticular recess stenosis and no appreciable neural foraminal stenosis.
L4-L5: Disk desiccation and a central 5mm disk protrusion and annular tear is noted. Associated bilateral facet arthropathy is noted. The AP canal dimension is 11mm. This results in a mild ventral impression on the thecal sac without significant central, subarticular recess, or neural foraminal stenosis.
L5-S1: A mild broad-based bulge is present with bilateral fact arthropathy. No significant central canal stenosis, subarticular recess stenosis or neutral foraminal stenosis is present.
Is confusing to me. The doctor told me physical therapy won't do good for me it will just ruin my spine even more he also said surgery is not good either. He said my two best option is an epidural steroid injection or take new different medications. I hate medication I can't stand it I do not like the side-effects it gives me. I am not big fan of it. I am scared to take the epidural injection the side-effects just scares me in general. I am willing to try it .But Is it really the way to go?? Does it really help?? or will the pain will just come back. I know it heals by itself but for how long is it going to take.. I am tired feeling this pain, I want to do whatever it takes but I want to be safe in the same time.