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MrsHumeMMrsHume Posts: 1
Hey Everyone , this is my story thus far.

So i first started getting very bad lower right sided back pain about 18 months ago after i had lost about 60kg in weight. The pain was moderate and it was from the top of my right butt cheek all the way down my right leg. I went to my DR who for 4 months or so just gave my pain killers and said it would go away with exercise, it didn't. at about the 4.5 month mark my DR finally gave me a referral for an MRI, The MRI showed mild to moderate bulging of L4 and L5 with mild degeneration of the facet joint. with these results my DR sent me to a neurosurgeon ( who must have got his degree out of a Christmas cracker! ) any way he told me these finding were not major and that with physio i would get better. ( $260 i will never see again! ) i went to physio, i went to a chrio , i did everything i though was best and just got on with the pain ( taking pain killers daily just to get me through ) i did this for a year, until it go so bad i had the weirdest pain in my right leg ( you know when you fall asleep on your arm and you wake up and its like jelly, then after hitting it around for a while it briefly goes into a slightly painful pins and needles? well like that! ) all day everyday, i also had the feeling of immense pressure in my lower back and no matter what position i try and put myself in, it hurts! again went to DR more pain killers, went back a week later and another MRI, This one showed Severe Bulging of L4, L5 and moderate facet arthropathy also show an abnormality of S1. My Dr got me the first appointment she could with a different Neurosurgeon which is tomorrow, this guy has better reviews than the last but i am worried ill be given the same rubbish as last time. This cannot go on, i have a job and household that is falling apart as i can just about get from the sofa to bed to car to chair nothing more.
Has anyone had similar? do you think he will suggest ESI? or surgery? whats the best option? Thanks in Advance :)

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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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