I posted on the intro section initially but since this section is directly related to my situation I'm posting here.
Here is a little insight on my back trouble. I have some minor tears at L3 and L4 but they don't really cause me any discomfort. I had a discogram on 9/22 and the real cuprit of my pain was found.
There is a full thickness annular tear posterocentrally and to the right of midline associated with a disc herniation with right S1 nerve root encroachment. there is mild neural foraminal encroachment bilaterally. This is causing pain and burning in the glutes, right and left thigh and knee, and also pain in the right ankle.
I have always been pretty active. I was in the Army and now in the Air Force Reserves as an MP. I spent almost a year in Iraq last year and felt pretty good physically while there. I've been pretty down lately, I miss running. I'm not a great runner by any means but it was nice to get out and enjoy the fresh air a few times a week. I have an appointment on Tues. to find out what my next step is. Right now it's difficult for me to see the glass half full. Don't really know what to think or expect. Thanks for listening.