Happy to find this forum. I've been dealing with lower back pain for about 3 years now. It finally came to a point that I decided to see a doctor because of the pain. I explained my symptoms and he had me do pt for a month, with no success. He then ordered a mri and the findings are:
L4-5: disc desiccation. Posterior annular tear. Shallow broad base disc bulge. No central canal or neural foraminal stenosis.
L5-s1:disc desiccation with interspace narrowing.
Discogenic degeneration at l4-5 and l5-S1
Doctor ordered another 2 weeks of pt, and said if there wasn't any progress he wanted to do a office visit to move forward.
So far I've been using ibuprofen (about 800mg) and muscle relaxers. The muscle relaxers haven't helped, and the ibuprofen helps minimally.
Normally my pain is manageable with otc meds. However, when I get a flare up (because of the nature of my work )which happens give or take 5 times a year otc meds simply don't cut it. Now is one of those times.
So my questions are:
From seeing my mri and the pain I'm experiencing would it be appropriate for me to ask for, or my doctor to prescribe narcotic pain medication during my flare ups? Im not wanting, nor do I need to be on narcotics on a daily basis.
Hopefully pt actually works this time, but assuming it doesn't what will be my next steps?
Thanks for your help!
There is nobody on the forum qualified or permitted to interpret or give advise on a MRI finding or course of treatment