After x-rays the official diagnosis is : L5-S1 disk space is narrowed with slight retrolisthesis of L5 on s1.
My doctor described it to me, and I only looked at the official paperwork after I'd left office. So, I was left with questions. He said I basically had a 'slipped disk'. But I'm confused because when I look all this stuff up a slipped disk is akin to a herniated disk, or disk bulge. I asked him if they were the same and he said no. I asked if it were possible that the disk was herniated and he said it was but that I would need an MRI to determine that and he wants to just wait and see what happens, now that we know as much as we do. He advised me to take 500 mg of naproxin a day, Norco for pain as needed (though this has been an issue of extreme discomfort, and loss of some mobility, and not a huge 'pain' issue; that said it's changing my life because I can't sit for long, I can't lean forward or bend very easily, and sometimes I feel it more than other times.) He also wants me to do strengthening exercises, ice/heat when necessary... and that's it for now. Possibly doing physical therapy in the future. Again he just wants to wait and see. A side note, which just seems odd, when I had the x-rays and blood work done, I guess they found that I have mild bladder infection, but I have not been aware of any symptoms, other than not feeling very well, but I have just been so concerned with the back issue, maybe I've not noticed. I am now on antibiotics. I only mention this in case anyone has any idea of there being a correlation between the two issues...
History: On August 6th I definitely injured something back there lifting a dog out of a doggy door. I had to lift her up repeatedly the next day after I knew/felt I'd really 'tweeked' my back, because she was sick and I was alone. Ever since then I have had these issues. I cannot sit for long without having a really hard time getting up, and there are many things I can't really do due to the discomfort. This last week I had a day of sneezing and everytime weather lying down or standing I could hardly find a proper way to brace myself before the zap of pain when the sneeze happened. It's confusing, because at times it feels like its getting better and than, like recently, it's feeling worse.
I have done some swimming, probably too much bed rest, epsom salt baths, and heating pads prior to getting the x-rays and finally a start at a diagnosis.
So... hoping anyone can shine a little more light on this... Unfortunately the written diagnosis does not have any measurements of "narrowing" of disk, or displacement of the vertebrae other than the words 'slight'.
He said this could take a year or more to heal, or it could be sooner... Kind of left me hanging and a bit dismayed...
Would love to hear any info, thanks.