Hello! I am a new member and this is the second time I am trying to write this post!
I was recently sent for an MRI but little did know my doctor would be out of town until the 25th. I am in so much pain. I received the results of the MRI and it said I have 2 disc herniations of the protrusion type, neural foraminal narrowing, moderate spinal stenosis, and some osteophyte formation.
I know I need to wait for my doctor on the 25th, but have thos of you with the above diagnosis needed surgery? Is this the only option? I am in unbearable pain most of the time. I take 800mg IBprofin 3X per day along with Skelaxin 3 times per day and nothing works. I even tried taking one of my Norco that is for emergency relief from intersitial cystitis, and that didn't work.
I know he will need to refer me to a doctor but I am so worried about the pain in the meantime. I work a full time job and have 2 kids under 4 so this is pretty much ruining my life right now. I do hot and cold compresses-no relief.
Please, any advice you have. Will I need surgery? Will they give me some medication so I don't throw myself off of a bridge (kidding)?**********************************
No on one the Spine-Health patient forums is medically qualified to provide any advice or
or recommendations on any diagnostic test. However, the following key words can always be applied.
MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary
Liz . Spine-health moderator