Hello, I am fairly new to the boards, been posting and reading the last couple weeks. I had a discogram done at 3 levels with concordant pain at L4/L5 and L5/S1 but the doctor doesn't trust the L5/S1 results because he thinks I was still in pain for the L4/L5 and could not tell the difference (I say it was concordant and I was NOT confused).
Anyway, my symptoms are burning pain at the top of the pants or let's say the belt line area. This radiates on both sides, like back of hips. It starts to burn worse towards the tailbone after sitting in an office chair for 15 min. In my recliner it starts around 20 minutes and feels like it is in my buttocks and tailbone. Again, it is a burning pain and if I feel back there, the skin is numb or tingling. I do not have leg pain but gluteus weakness like I have a hard time standing from a sitting position and the pain is temporarily worse in my tailbone area when moving from a sitting to standing position. Currently I walk with a cane and after 15 min I start walking funny due to back of hip groin pain.
The MRI for the L5/S1 area just says 1-2 mm bulge with Sclerosis noted about the articulate facets. See signature below for complete diagnosis. Mainly I am interested in others description of their SI joint pain. I also might mention that I have not been checked for SI joint pain, I have not had diagnostic injections to this area. Do you think they can do the injection without the steroids? I'm done with those!
Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.