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What should I ask the doctor?
Male 34 years old. I was in the military for 6 years and I hurt my back many times picking up heavy objects not by choice. In the military, you are a paid slave controled by people who would march you off a cliff if they would be promoted doing so. I would go to the doc and get pain killers and the pain would last 2 to 4 days and go away. Now I am a writer, I sit most the time. I went kayaking and I think I picked up my kayak wrong. 2 days after kayaking my lower back started to hurt. A week later the pain got worse to a point it hurt to walk. I went to a chiropractor twice and after the second visit, that night I could not walk, the pain was that bad, couldn't walk for 5 days. I went to the ER and got pain killers. I have pain in my lower back and pain shooting down my right leg and I couldn't sit. I got an MRI done and the doc said she'd call me in a week to decide what is next. I still have pain in my lower back, my right leg is still numb and there is still alittle pain at my lower back and right leg. When I walk my back shifts and I can tell I am leaning more to the left then I should be. After doing some stretching exerscises a VA p. theropist told me to do my back shifts back almost straight but when I start to walk my back shifts back to the left and the pain in my right leg get worse. It has been 25 days since my back started to hurt. Hurts to sit and walk. I am waiting for the VA doc to call about the MRI results. What should I ask?
day 1 pain in lower back, day 5 pain in lower back and right leg, day 7 chiroprator, can't walk 5 days, day 13 walk in pain, day 21 alot less pain, still can't sit, day 25 still pain in lower back, hurts to walk but I can walk, hurts to sit but I can still sit, when I walk sometimes my back shift to a worse angle.
MRI print out states: Degeneration and right posterolateral disk herniation at L5/S1, just above the transitional vertebral segment, causing high-grade right lateral recess stenosis with focal nerve root impingment. There is no significant lumbar central spinal canal stenosis or formaminal stenosis. No fracture, vertebral malaligment or compression deformity.