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Newbie ... 36 Female ... Degenerated Disc ... Bulge Disc ... Unsure what to do

drucksddrucks Posts: 14
edited 04/21/2015 - 4:52 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello. I am a new member but have been reading and educating myself on the spine. I am a female, 36 years old, and have been involved in sports since 6th grade, including collegiate sports, and active to this day.

A couple of years ago I had left glute pain that went down my hamstring. I went to my doctor and was referred to a PT, who diagnosis it has sciatic pain. PT did a great job and I did my homework and didn't have that pain anymore. However, from time to time I did experience left glute pain when working out but no longer sciatic pain from glute to hamstring. I would do a couple PT sessions and things would get better.

Later I started to experience lower back pain, tight left hip, and left glute pain. I did PT until it was better but then it would flare up later. December 2014 I took 6 weeks off from working out and still had left glute, hip, and lower back pain, especially in the morning when waking up. My back would spasm, it would hurt walking when weight is placed on left leg, I couldn't bend over, it was horrible.

I was finally referred to receive an MRI January 2015. The MRi impressions states, "Degenerative changes of the lumbar spine, as described above, with most significant involvement at the level of L5-S1 where there is spinal and neutral foraminal canal narrowing, left great than right, from disc ostephyte complex. No acute compression deformity. At the level of L4-5. tjere os a diffuse annular disc bulge present."

With MRI results I was referred to a back specialist that took 2 months to see. I met with him 15-20 minutes and he scheduled a discogram. I was made to believe the disogram was pretty simple but learned that it is not; therefore, I am meeting with specialist to find out if there are other options for me to try, as the only thing I have done is physical therapy, over the counter NSAID, ice, and heat.

As time continue to pass ... I am still dealing with stiffness when waking up, back spasms when waking up, 30 minutes - 1 hour before lower back is warmed up, then attempting to work out in the morning. I have learned to deal with the lower back pain but when it involves my left glute and hip and creates discomfort when walking/placing body on left left to walk, it because unbearable and I really do not know what else to do.

Does anyone have a similar situation? Were you required to have back surgery? Have you had a discogram and if so what was your experience like? Thanks for your help.
Lumbar Radiculopathy
L4 - L5 Diffused Annular Disc Bulge
L5 - S1 Diffuse Concentric Disc Bulge, caused neural foraminal canal narrowing bilaterally, left more significant
Sciatic pain on left left


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