I introduced myself to this forum a few months back. I have, what are considered, minor herniations in my lumbar spine and cervical spine. (Info at end of this message)
I have been suffering non-stop for 9 months from chronic muscle spasms that run from my low back straight up to my neck, mostly on my right side. I also cannot sit for any length of time due to extreme pain in the my low back. (Bulge & herniation at L5/S1) This makes work a nightmare.
I tried 4.5 months with one PT, acupuncture, steroid shots, trigger point shots. I have started with a new PT and am trying an osteopath. No luck yet on that.
I have tried taking loads of magnesium & magnesium rich food to no avail, so please no magnesium advocates.
I can't get a surgeon to even see me based on my MRIs.
The only thing I haven't tried yet is chiropractic, though osteopathy is kind of close.
No one who works with me seems to really understand what is going on.
I'm seeing my PM Dr. on Friday and thinking of insisting on a sitting/standing MRI at least for my low back.
I have to take narcotic painkillers every day and am finding I have to take them earlier in the day than before and more of them just to cope with work. I think I'm actually getting worse. Depression is getting very bad.
Any suggestions out there? Why won't my muscles stop spasming? Why won't my discs heal?
Thank you so much.
L5-S1 broad disc bulge & central herniated disc. Herniated disc abuts the thecal sac & R S1 nerve root - w/o significant nerve root impingement
L3-4 small left lateral herniated disc abutting left L3 nerve root - w/o significant nerve root impingement.
C3/4 Mild broad disc ridging - does not significantly impress the CFS column or contact cord
C4/5 Mild broad disc ridging - asymmetric to R - impresses ventral aspect of CSF column - doesn't contact or deform cord
C5/6 Broad disc ridging - mildly asymmetric to R - effaces ventral aspect of CSF column - contacts cord w/o deformity
C6/7 R paracentral & R nerve foraminal disk protrusion/disk osteophyte complex - effaces ventral aspect of CSF column - contacts & mildly deforms cord. Mild central canal stenosis.