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severe low back pain, legs go out from under me

edited 09/12/2015 - 7:58 PM in Lower Back Pain
I am suffering from sever back pain, which causes my legs to go out from under me at times, with the smallest turn , it is a sharp uncontrollable pain.I feel tingeing, numbness in my buttocks all the way down my left leg, it also is causing pain and pressure in my groaning. I injured my back and neck 15 years ago while arresting someone for grand theft.

i just had an MRI done this is what is says, could you please explain, as this reports is written differently than others I have had, it refers to Moderate to Large disc bulge, But it does not say how many mm?
Thank you for your help.

L1-2, L2-3, Mild facet degeneration
L3-4; Moderate to Large diffuse disc bulge, Narrowing of the lateral recesses, Mild spinal stenosis, Moderate to severe facet degeneration, Mild neural foramina narrowing,
l-4-5; Moderate to Large diffuse disc bulge, Narrowing of the lateral recesses, Mild spinal stenosis, Mild neural formina narrowing,
L5-S1; Mild diffuse disc bulge with small annular fissure,
Disc bulges are most prominent at L3-4 and L4-5,. The disc may have some localized mass effect on exiting nerve roots in the lateral recesses. There are no levels of significant spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.

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  • 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



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 09/12/2015 - 7:58 PM
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