Let me start this by saying....back pain just sucks. Can we all agree that unless you have it, you don't understand it. Mentally and physically...this sucks. Ok, my story-August 12, 2010...golfing, 5th hole teeing off. POP...all done for the day, on my back for 3 days and didn't realize my future would be unknown.....forever? I don't know. I got a CT scan a couple weeks after that, showed a slight disc herniation L5-S1 impinging on left nerve root. 6 months later having done physical therapy, i still have a stiff, weak feeling, "something is not right" back. I still get some numbing in my left big toe and slight pain down my hamstring. So I just had an MRI. Results came in the mail today. I realize this is not a site of doctors and I am not relying on someone here diagnosing the results, I just want to know if anyone has had a similar MRI reading and what they are dealing with.....are you back to normal? can you do the same activities? I am a 32 year old male. Used to be an avid golfer, hockey player...besides my family, those are my other loves in life. used to be my stress relief..
so here's the MRI:
The conus medullaris terminates at the l1-l2 level. The vertebral bodies are maintained in height and signal L1 to L4. There is minimal bulging of the L4-L5 disc. Mild hypertrophic degenerative changes in the facet joints at the L4-L5 level. The L5-S1 disc is slightly decreased in height and T2 signal. Mild left lateral protrusion of the disc, abutting left L5 nerve root. Hypertrophic degenerative changes in the facet joints at this level, more prominent on the left.
Discogenic degenerative changes at L5-S1 level, left lateral protrusion L5-S1.
I'm a pretty tough guy, but this has drastically changed my life style, thus changing "who I am". I haven't been able to play in my hockey leagues, go on am annual golf trip already. Sounds like a sob story but its deeper...I haven't seen many friends that I used to do all these activities with and feel like I am a bum because my next move is going to sap my back leaving me to battle with my back for another year.
Eh, guess I'm venting-but this just sucks.