Hi...found the forum through a google search and decided to join. A brief history on me is 'm 37 year old male from the Bahamas dealing with
2010 - First MRI. Herniated both L4/L5 and L5/S1. I had an epidural, but had a terrible reaction to it. The following day my back was swollen so much I had to have 6 injections in it to relive the spasms. I then tried every form of therapy I could out there including cupping, acupuncture, physiotherapy, tens, laser treatment, traction...You name it. Went to 4 different therapists. Started exercising and was doing well for 2 years.
A photo of my back the day after a cupping procedure.
2013 - Second MRI for something unrelated to my back (trap issue) but had my discs checked again which were now only bulged.
2014 - 3rd MRI. I stopped exercising because my wife lost her mom and I had to tend to the family. As a result, back went out of whack and I had trouble some days controlling my bladder. Was told I needed surgery, but as a last resort, change my job to something less physical and try exercising again. We tried an epidural once again to see if the last one was a fluke and an hour after getting home I couldn't breathe due to spasms so it did more harm than good. Doctor spent 20 mins trying to numb me enough to feel and and my back was so curved where he was trying to go it, it made it difficult.
2015 - 4th MRI which I had last week. Surgery now is my only option as I've been at it for 5 years and just getting worse.
I currently have:
Discogenic disease, spondylosis, diffuse posterior disc bulges and facet joint arthropathy at both L4/L5 & L5/S1.
Moderate degree of end plate osteitis @ L4/L5 secondary to chronic discovertebral trauma. L5/S1 has a central radial annular tear.
Image taken from my last MRI
These 2 show my levoscoliosis
I've had 4 opinions so far and all say surgery. I was told I would need rods at this point. We thought about just shaving the discs to get rid of the nerve pain that radiates from my butt cheek (right side) down to my toes, but it would not correct any of the other issues. I also have localized pain in my lower back which sometimes makes it way to my abdomen and affects my bladder periodically. Never wet myself, but have had close calls getting to the bathroom.
Wife is very concerned about the surgery especially with me having rods. She feels I will be worse and will be back in surgery, but trying to stay positive. Everyone is different and I'm not a health risk (very healthy, not over weight, no health issues) so just trying to let it all sink in.