Hi everyone, my name is Thomas, I am 17 and a few months ago I had a slip and fall and have been in pain ever since and it's getting progressively worse. I've been through almost all conservative options already, except the next thing, epidural injections. None of have had any lasting help and after the first treratment, every other one just makes the pain come back even worse. I haven't really been diagnosed other than my doctor telling me the MRI I had shows I have three herniated discs at L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1. I do think I have sciatica as well as the pain in my thigh, the back of leg( feels like my hamstring) all the way down my calf and either over the top of my foot or under it, only once did it affect my entire foot. The feelings are anywhere from tingling/numbness to extreme stabbing/sharp pain.
If anyone can help me get a better idea of what this means, I'd appreciate it. Here's the observations of my MRI:
L3-L4: There is disc desiccation and a posterior bulge with a superimposed 3-4mm broad based central protrusion which indents the thecal sac and causes moderate spinal canal stenosis (AP dimension of thecal sac = 6mm). No significant neural foraminal narrowing is noted. There is fissuring of the posterior portion of the annulus. There is mild narrowing of the lateral recesses.
L4-L5: There is disc desiccation and a 7mm broad based central protrusion which causes severe spinal canal stenosis (AP dimension of thecal sac = 4 mm) and severe left greater than right narrowing of the lateral recesses. No significant neural foraminal narrowing is seen.
L5-S1: There is disc desiccation, a 4 mm broad based posterior protrusion with associated annular fissuring, and mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing. No significant spinal canal stenosis is present. The AP dimension of the thecal sac measures 10 mm.
Again, if any one can help to better understand what any of this means I'll be truly greatful. Thank you.
Also, the date of injury was 3/31/12 and this MRI was done on 4/12/12 and my pain has become at least 5 times as bad.