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New to site and new to spine issues I'm experiencing. I'm completely lost.

Mike TMMike T Posts: 4
edited 01/21/2016 - 11:25 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello all, thanks in advance for reading my post. I'm new to all of this and am scared.

I'm a 36 year old male, height 6'1 and weight is 315lb. I'm out of shape and have a desk job as an IT administrator. Started a diet, lost approx. 15 to 20 pounds within the last 3 weeks,... hoping diet will help.

About a month ago it started with a "pain in the butt" and then 2 weeks later the bottom of my left foot and calf became numb, they still are. Long story short I went to a Neurologist who did an EMG and said my nerves are okay, then sent me for an MRI. I came back to him and he prescribed Gabapentin and said he doubts the meds will help in my situation since I'm feeling numbness and discomfort mostly. He pretty much said there is nothing more that can be done... He doesn't recommend me to do surgery nor get an epidural or pace make. He also said that physical therapy, chiropractor might help however doubts it too.

I'm completely lost. I don't know what to do. I'm hoping someone with expertise can help. I've provided my MRI results as it makes no sense to me, could someone please help me? Thank you

My MRI impression results...

1. "L5/S1 left paramedian posterior disc herniation on left ventral thecal sac, impressing, flattening and posterolatterlly displacing the left S1 nerve root, impinging it against the left facet with left lateral recess stenosis."

2. "L4/5 left posterolateral disc herniation into the left neural foramen with a radial annular tear. The left L4 nerve root is nearly abutted. Its postion is displaced posterolaterally in the foramen, however. Broad extension of the disc impresses on the ventral thecal sac."

3. "Posterior disc bulges impressing on the thecal sac at T11/12 and L1/2 through L3/4"

4. "L3/4 borderline central spinal stenosis"

5. "Upper left convexity of the lumbar curvature."

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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