I have had 3 MRI's since 2010. The reports show a worsening of situations. There is moderate disc space narrowing at the L5 and S1. Modic type 1 endplate changes are also seen in this area. Arthritis is present as well as disc degeneration. Annular tearing in the L4/L5/S1 area. L5/S1 has disc bulge and facet arthropathy is also found.
Ok, that's my medical situation. I am 48 years old, male, and I so confused on how I should proceed. I live in New Jersey, but I'm willing to visit any doctor on along the East who is experienced in resolving my medical issues. I have chronic pain walking, bending, and transitioning to a seated position. This chronic pain has absolutely effected my way of living.
I had Physical Therapy, and that didn't solve anything. I then met with a spine surgeon  determined that it would be best to cut the nerve endings in my lower back, but first he did a procedure to numb the nerves to see if that resolved my pain. It didn't.  seemed ticked off every time I asked him a question and he failed to even see me or call me after the surgery. Therefore,  is no longer a consideration of mine except for maybe an enemy or two.
I need realistic suggestions from readers on how to proceed along with doctor recommendations. Also, friends have mentioned getting an epidural shot. Does my problem sound like I should get this.  said I wouldn't benefit from the epidural. Please help me. I welcome all suggestions. Thank you, and good health to all of you.
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