hi....Clinical history: bilateral lower extremity pain
Findings: At L5-S1 there is a slight disc desiccation. A minimal broad, shallow central protrusion just contacts the thecal sac but does not significantly compromise the central canal or it's contents. There is mild bilateral facet arthropathy.
At L4-5 there is slight concentric bulging of the annulus, slightly assymetrical to the right without focal disc extrusion or limiting stenosis. There is mild facet arthropathy.
Minimal bulging of the annulus is seen at L3-4 without focal disc extrusion, central senosis or foraminal narrowing. There is minimal bilateral facet arthropathy.
Conclusion: Lumbar spondylosis as described above.
i was on ultram for about 3 years and it did give me relief...i tried several months of PT with no relief or improvement in pain level....i eventually weaned myself off the tramadol (ultram) and that was a nightmare...i had headache from hell for a few months! it was horrible....i weaned myself because i was trying to conceive a child...i also restricted my activity which seemed to make a difference as well...at any rate, i just gave birth to my daughter last july and gained 55 pounds during the pregnancy...i didn't have any pain in my legs, and only mild stiffness and achiness in my back...i started power walking outside when she was 3 months old and lost all the excess weight over the course of 3 months...so i was back to my pre-pregnancy weight (150) i have been having the pain in both legs since mid-december and it wakes me up at night, then i can't get back to sleep because t he pain is so intense...it's a burning pain in both calves, it starts behind my knee and goes all the way down to my ankles...it's very irritating..it's interfering with the quality of my life...i am unhappy all the time because of this pain...i don't enjoy life anymore and i am currently 12 weeks pregnant so i cannot have a repeat MRI to see what's been going on since 2003...i'm guessing that carrying my 16 pound daughter around, going up and down the stairs with her in my arms is contributing to this pain...which has me very frustrated and depressed....she is going to get heavier and heavier...she's going to want to be picked up...and i am going to need to get her from point A to point B.....i am worried about my future with both her and the newborn....does anyone else here have this same condition?? what works for you?? do you have any suggestions? does this get worse over time?? are pain killers the only/best alternative in order to function?
please help...i need ideas...i need to connect with others who understand and are experiencing the same thing...thank you.