Mri confirms L4 L5 inflammation whats the next step help!

Mri confirms L4 L5 inflammation whats the next step help!

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brenda689
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Mri confirms L4 L5 inflammation whats the next step help!

hi folks was wondering if anyone can help me im currently at a loose end briefly got results for GP yesterday but as he is not a proffesional in orthopedics he is unsure what the next steps are Mri scan confirms inflammation L4 L5 what does this mean and what is the next step for me

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The next step is to find out

The next step is to find out from a spine specialist what is causing the inflammation and go from there because based on those findings we are not spine specialists our self,

If your gp cant tell you then he should of refered you to someone who can, Good luck

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Thanks for the prompt reply

Thanks for the prompt reply i was just wondering if there was anyone out there who had / is going through the same as me im currently awaiting specialist appointment then i can ask why? searching internet isnt comin up with anything.

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I dont think you will find

I dont think you will find what it realy is because spine is so complicated and many things could be the cause, I am l4l5 and already had 3 surgery and after nerve damage i am worse then before my surgery,

You could have bulging disc issue to stenosis and who knows what else,
Hopefully its not serious enough to where you need surgery, posible injections or medication for inflammation with pt and if you are lucky it might get beter,

Very hard to guess,

Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
2012 scs implant ,

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Hi Brenda

Welcome to Spine-Health.

Alex is right - nobody but the specialist will be able to tell you what's happening. What kind of specialist are you seeing? I'm hoping it's a spine surgeon/specialist, ortho or neuro, but one who is fellowship-trained and only works on spines.

I think most will agree here that waiting is one of the difficult parts of having spine problems - waiting for an MRI, waiting for results, waiting for treatment, waiting to feel better - you get the idea.

Hang in there, hopefully you'll have an answer and plan of action soon.

Please keep us posted.
Cathie

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Thanks for replies yes im

Thanks for replies yes im kinda an unpatient person this problem has went on too long a wee insight in to prob i am 40 this year but back in 2008 fell on ice landed on rear since then ive fallen a few times either through ice at winter cycling bumps i am also a active person keen runner 3x a week and a keen cyclist. running on tar and woods. pain in lower back saw Dr NHS P/T along with accupuncture but no improvement at all took time out from running and cycling for awhile and gradually returned but felt that activity was making pain worse

My job has involved lifting but since Oct 2011 i have been signed off due to lumbar pain which has travelled in to buttocks sitting or driving causes extreme pain groin stabbing pain also has happened, currently on 50mg Tramadol 3x day and 700mg Gapapentin x3 daily yip im like a zombie and on this amount off medication felt driving was a task. currently can only sit for 20min as numbness in buttocks pain is constant L4/L5 area i would say they are bulging on rubbing back swiping hand there is defo a bulge also very hot to touch and pain is constant nagging, sleeping is also very uncomfortable as i get stiff and can not turn in bed so i hold breath to turn Sad Teeth Grinding has also become a huge problem i seem to keep everyone awake but i do not know im doin it! maybe this is i think due to the amount off pain im in ? Xray Sep 2011 nothing shown up so refered to Ortho Dec 2011 examined and informed arthiritis could be cause then Ortho refered mefor Mri scan Jan 2012 informed Ortho would have result within 2 weeks a visit to GP he checked system for results due to jargon we could only make out L4/L5 inflammation still waiting for Ortho app to discuss.

been off work 3months and with rest there is still no improvement in fact the pain is getting worse pass my day waiting for the postie to see if my app has arrived

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Thanks for replies yes im

Thanks for replies yes im kinda an unpatient person this problem has went on too long a wee insight in to prob i am 40 this year but back in 2008 fell on ice landed on rear since then ive fallen a few times either through ice at winter cycling bumps i am also a active person keen runner 3x a week and a keen cyclist. running on tar and woods. pain in lower back saw Dr NHS P/T along with accupuncture but no improvement at all took time out from running and cycling for awhile and gradually returned but felt that activity was making pain worse

My job has involved lifting but since Oct 2011 i have been signed off due to lumbar pain which has travelled in to buttocks sitting or driving causes extreme pain groin stabbing pain also has happened, currently on 50mg Tramadol 3x day and 700mg Gapapentin x3 daily yip im like a zombie and on this amount off medication felt driving was a task. currently can only sit for 20min as numbness in buttocks pain is constant L4/L5 area i would say they are bulging on rubbing back swiping hand there is defo a bulge also very hot to touch and pain is constant nagging, sleeping is also very uncomfortable as i get stiff and can not turn in bed so i hold breath to turn Sad Teeth Grinding has also become a huge problem i seem to keep everyone awake but i do not know im doin it! maybe this is i think due to the amount off pain im in ? Xray Sep 2011 nothing shown up so refered to Ortho Dec 2011 examined and informed arthiritis could be cause then Ortho refered mefor Mri scan Jan 2012 informed Ortho would have result within 2 weeks a visit to GP he checked system for results due to jargon we could only make out L4/L5 inflammation still waiting for Ortho app to discuss.

been off work 3months and with rest there is still no improvement in fact the pain is getting worse pass my day waiting for the postie to see if my app has arrived

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L4/L5

Hang on in there you are on the right track going to see theOrthopaedic,I agree with posts above only they will be able to guide you,don't always take a first diagnosis,many people here get second opinions.I found the spinal unit to be very good here.

Good luck
Des

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I understand what you are

I understand what you are going through. I recently had MRI's find swelling in my L5 area as well. The pain is always there. I've been using heat pads to help alleviate the pain but will start to use cold pads/ice. My appointment to see the orthopedist isn't until the 1st. I try not to take pain meds because I don't want to become dependent on them. What upsets me is that I'm usually very active, being 28. I used to workout 4 days a week and was very active. Now, I'm constantly resting at home and it's frustrating. Hang in there. You're not alone.

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Oh thanks yip its a drag ive

Oh thanks yip its a drag ive been off work 14 wks now and on tuesday had painkillers increased to deal with pain. My original date to get results was today but they have cancelled app and ive another month to wait.treated myself to a massage as shoulders and neck is suffering it was nice but felt sore afterwards. I also tried swimming this week but find pool very cold when i come out off water and my body goes into spasm and tenses.

I do hope you get answers it worrying waiting its even hard when you have to give up sports which you adore and in my case work satutory sick pay is a joke.

Take care Smile