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5 months ago I started have low back pain spasms that are located directly on the spine bone (L5?). It is a stabbing pain, feels like it is horizontal (while standing) and happens most frequently when standing or walking. The best way to describe the onset is; While standing, relax into your hips. At that point the pain spasm strikes.
Are my symptoms unique? The doctor I am currently seeing keeps acting as if he has never heard of these symptoms before and repeatedly has me repeat my symptoms. (note: I am healthy, 63 year old male, athletic, exercise regularly. I do not take pain medication except for recently starting to take Tylenol)
I just finished an MRI with the following observation:
L5-S1: Severe disk degeneration. Negative for spinal canal stenosis.
Modic type II degenerative vertebral body marrow signal inferior L5
vertebral body. Moderate right L5-S1 foraminal stenosis from disk
degeneration and foraminal disk protrusion osteophyte complex which
contacts the undersurface of the exiting right L5 nerve root. Mild
left foraminal stenosis.
If I read this correctly, is this a bone spur that is in direct contact with my nerve root?
(I am about ready to get a second opinion from another skeletal spine doctor, but found this forum to ask questions.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.