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Sheboygan 2012SSheboygan 2012 Posts: 1
edited 10/12/2015 - 7:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
I am wondering if I am doing irreversible nerve damage by continuing to work and push myself, when I should stop working and concentrate on minimizing the degeneration of my lumbar region.

1. Moderate anterior and left lateral height loss of L2 vertebral body.
Associated mild focal kyphosis as well as moderate dextroscoliotic curvature
related to L2 level. No current bone marrow edema. The finding likely reflects a
combination of old compression deformity and underlying scoliosis. L2 vertebral
body is retropulsed by approximately 4 mm.
2. Multilevel degenerative changes, as described in detail above. There is
moderate central canal stenosis at L1-L2 level and L2-L3 level.
3. At L2-L3 level, there is moderate to severe left neural foraminal narrowing.
4. At L5-S1 level, there is a broad-based right neural foraminal disc
protrusion, which abuts the forming right S1 nerve roots and results in moderate
right neural foraminal narrowing.
5. At T11-T12 level, there is a moderate right lateral recess disc protrusion.
This results in moderate central canal stenosis and mild right neural foraminal

I have had back pain since I was very young and injured in a car wreck. But over the last 2 years it is getting increasingly worse.

Anyones thoughts??

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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

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 10/12/2015 - 7:35 PM
    Are you seeing a pain management doctor?
    My primary worked with me and my pain for couple years then referred me to pain management.
    Best thing for me! He did further testing. EMG was most revealing for me of spinal issues not previously noted.

    My pain management doctor gives me my limitations and restrictions.
    And also my body. It screams at me if I've done too much and then forces me to bed rest for a day or two.
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