Hi I'm 23 and had a car wreck 6 years ago been dealing with pain for 6 years but I woke up one day with severe pain in my back and it was traveling down my back in to my bottom, down my thighs in to both my legs and feet finally stopping right before my toes.So I went to the er the first time they told me it was muscle spasms to go home an rest my back it didn't get any better after 3 days so I went back to the er ( at this time I can bearly walk the pain is so bad and both my legs below the knees are numb now) so they order a ct scan and they told me that I have mutilayer Degenerative disc disease from extending From L2-L3 to L5-s1 with the greatest at L2-L3 with at least mild spinal stenosis and bilateral neural foraminal narrowing. They say there is mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing at L4-L5. They also say I have bilateral par interarticurler is defects they sent me to a spine specialist and he ordered a mri last week (so I've been in severe pain this whole time witch is constant pain that won't go away) I got my results back on the mri it shows every thing the ct San showed plus it shows 3 posterior bulgeing disc one is at L2-L3 with posterior disc osteophye complex and bilateral facet arthropathy and L4-L5 shows mild posterior disc bulge with associated mild bilateral facet hypertrophy producing mild to moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing . The questions I'm wanting to know am I going to need surgery , am I going to be able to go back to work I work for utilities company water and sewer I lift any were form 10 lbs to 150 lbs and run a weed Eater 8 hours a day or do I need to apply for disability and how may people have all that I have at this age I have to take pain medication just to be able to move around and finally how bad would u rate my back 1 being good and 10 being bad oh and if need surgery would it likely be spinal fusion? ? Please help I'm lost
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 apply.
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
You need to get formal medical advice from your doctor.
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