For the last 6 months I have been through chiro, PT , Cortisone, Epidural and lots of pain meds.
I have had 2 MRI's with the following results:
L5 S1 herniated
L1 L2 L3 L4 either bulging or pertruded and also one of these is herniated per the last MRI not sure which one yet but the dr feels that is the cause of my pain.
My pain has been burning, numbness up my spine, into my buttocks and ALOT of pain in both of my dimples in my low back. NEVER DOWN MY LEGS.
The MRI shows no nerve pinching.
Across my low back sometimes feels like I got hit with a baseball bat. None of the treatments have helped with any of my pain. Although the pain meds do give me about 80% less pain I can not do anything while taking these as they give me all kinds of side effects.
My dr said that he wants to do a discography to be positive of which disc is causing the pain. He gave me 2 options after that which are:
1. Fushion surgery 2. Live with it
I have had alot of stress since than trying to determine what is best for me to do. Most of what I read here is about leg pain which I have never had so I am concerned with what is right for me.
Any advice is very much appreciated as I am almost in tears here. I don't know what to do.