Hello all, just came across this forum... Great wealth of knowledge.
I damaged my lower back from heavy lifting about 3 months ago. Exact extract from my MRI
No fracture or destructive bone lesion identified.
Lower thoracic cord and conus is intact. Degenerative disc disease seen at 1_4-5 level where tiny
central annular tear is present.
At L5-S1 disc there is a larger central and slightly left-sided disc protrusion causing some
displacement of the left Si nerve root minor encroachment on the left exit foramen at this site.
Minimal central canal stenosis noted. Psoas and iliacus muscles are normal.
Psoas and iliacus muscles are normal.
Conclusion: Small to moderate size left-sided paracentral disc protrusion at L5-S1 disc inclose
contact with the left Si nerve root at this site. Tiny central disc protrusion also seen at 1-4-5 level
with a small annular tear at this site.
I began seeing a Physio almost immediately, I also took Difene when I needed it (tried to avoid as much as possible). Physio basically told me to do some light stretches, mainly to stretch the piriformus. He told me to stop doing the McKenzies when he saw my MRI and the way my disks were bulging.
The pain began as moderate left leg sciatic pains, got progressively worse with very bad limping and not being able to sit for more than 5 minutes. This has now began to calm down. I have altered my diet, am doing a lot of walking and have stopped driving. (getting in and out of car after driving is still very sore)
However, over the past 7 days I have been waking up in the middle of the night with terrible pain down my left leg, this is only a recent thing. I used to wake up in the morning and feel slight tingling but nothing like what I get these mornings. If I wake up at 5/6 am I am pretty much up for the day now as can't stay in bed. Strange scenario seeing as this is only recent and it began happening when my pain has started to decrease during the day with virtually no limping anymore. If I take a Difene with my dinner and it can sometimes reduce the pain. I have tried different sleeping positions and nothing seems to help.
Would be interested to hear if anyone had any input or similar bedtime issues, strange it has come at this stage rather than when pain was in full swing.