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Mild Diffuse Disc Annulus Bulges

SirReddSirSSirReddSir Posts: 1
Hi everyone...

I've always had back pain and come from a family of painful backs (as if that's something to be proud of).

About two months ago, I started having severe leg pain on my right side, starting at my lower back and going all the way into my foot. I've described it as feeling like I have a binder clip on the back of my knee.

Today, I had my MRI and got my results:
1. Mild diffuse disc annulus bulge and mild acquired central canal stenosis at L4-5.
2. Mild diffuse disc annulus bulge at L5-S1.


My doctor says this is probably the source of my pain. At the moment, walking is okay, but sitting is difficult and I'm only taking a prescription anti-inflammatory and a mild muscle relaxer at night to sleep.

Suggestions for my next step? I'm thinking a chiropractor and some PT would be the best, but am uncertain.

I'm getting married in a few months, and if my back isn't better by then and I can't dance, my wife-to-be might possibly murder me!


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Comments

  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,940
    Was it your Primary doctor who ordered the MRI?
    What did doctor say about your activities? Any limitations?

    My Primary tried to work with my pain issues about two years before referring me to Pain Management doctor.
    Best thing for me!
    He did different testing. The EMG nerve conduction test was most revealing. It showed him areas of my spine effected that I had not give voice to.

    PM doctor had different ways of trying to relieve my pain. It was a little trial and try again..but well, worth it .
    I'm now stable with the edge off the pain and no longer going to ER for out of control pain.

    I wish you the very best! Please keep us posted on how you're doing!
    And congratulations on your upcoming marriage!

    Sue
    Spine-Health Moderator
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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