For years, I've had lower back pain. Sometimes frequent, sometimes intermittent. There are times where I can do a week or two without pain.
I got an MRI back in 2006 and another one the latter part of last year because the pain started to be more frequent. I've been prescribed muscle relaxers (newest scrip is Flexeril), but it doesn't do much if anything at all.
My back is at its worst when I'm doing something like getting a massage or a facial. If I'm laying down on a hard (or slightly padded surface, like a massage table) for any length of time (even if it's just 15 minutes), I literally cannot stand up straight when it's time to get up.
I have to crouch over and hold onto things just to move. It takes about 15 minutes just for me to recover where I can gingerly stand up straight. This just doesn't sound normal. I am overweight and have been all of my life and could stand to lose lose 50-60 pounds. Below are the results of my most recent MRI which is like reading a foreign language to me.
I am not imagining my pain. It plain hurts and I hate that my doctor looks at me like I'm crazy. All they do is suggest pool therapy and core exercises.
** FINDINGS **:
TECHNIQUE: Sagittal T2, sagittal T1, sagittal STIR, axial T2, and
axial T1-weighted sequences of the lumbosacral spine without
intravenous contrast at 1.5 Tesla.
There are 5 lumbar-type vertebral bodies. The last well formed
disc space is labeled L5-S1. The conus medullaris terminates at
the bottom of L1 and is normal in morphology and signal intensity.
Several small incidental T1 and T2 hyperintense meningiomas
present within the T12 and L1 vertebral bodies. The vertebral
bodies otherwise have normal height and marrow signal. No
significant focal malalignment.
Multilevel degenerative disc disease with mild disc desiccation
and height loss at L2-L3 down to L5-S1. These findings are
unchanged compared to the prior 2006 exam. Posterior annular
fissure present at L3-L4 is unchanged.
There are no paraspinous soft tissue abnormalities.
Individual axial levels as follows which are all not significantly
changed compared to the prior 2006 exam:
T12-L1: Patent spinal canal and bilateral neural foramina.
L1-L2: Minimal disc bulge. Patent spinal canal and bilateral
L2-L3: Minimal disc bulge. Patent spinal canal and bilateral
L3-L4: Eccentric left disc bulge. Mild bilateral facet
arthropathy. Mild spinal canal stenosis. Mild right neural
foraminal stenosis. Mild left neural foraminal stenosis.
L4-L5: Minimal symmetric disc bulge. Mild bilateral facet
arthropathy. Patent spinal canal. Patent bilateral neuroforamina.
Additional findings: None
** IMPRESSION **:
Multilevel lumbar spondylosis as described above without
significant change compared to 09/22/06.
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Liz ..Spine-Health moderator