I recently had a microdiscectomy on my L5-S1. I am 41 years old and was a marathoner. I have recently found out I have osteopenia and a very degenerated disc. The pain came on very suddenly while running and you all know what happens after that. Horrid nerve pain etc. My left leg became very weak and numb so the ortho surgeon recommended surgery. I awoke with no nerve pain. I am currently 6 weeks out and still have a very numb foot and bouts of livable nerve pain. My back can hurt pretty bad at times. Motrin does nothing and I have a stash of percocet left from surgery I take when I have to. I have begun swimming and my longest walk to date is 9 miles. That left me with pretty bad shooting pains for the weekend in my back.
I know I sound like I'm rambling so I apologize for that. My L3-L4 has a lateral recess tear and a tiny disc extrusion. It says mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing. It says the disc is making contact without evidence of impingement. Also osteophyte complex.
My L4-L5 same, osteophyte complex and tiny disc bulge. Right facet arthritis, the same narrowing etc.
I won't write all that they wrote for my L5-S1 because obv I have had surgery. It mentions severe lateral recess narrowing there(was that just the nerve impingement?) facet arthrosis etc.I am greatly summarizing what the report says.
Any how my questions are will I be at risk for these discs to blow out? I am currently living with back pain(so is everyone else) that frankly I didn't have before. i was running for years and WHAM now I can't put on my left shoe with out pain. Can someone just help me understand what all that means because the doctors aren't really explaining any of it. My 6 week follow up was good but I'm disappointed that I feel like I will never be what I was.
I appreciate all your time and answers!!