Great information on this site,
I am a 42 year old Australian male,
I have had a 22 year experience of lower back pain
15 years ago I had evidence of this on an MRI that shows the lowest two discs were desiccated , with a bit of disc bulging
the main area is pain in the lower back and around to hip, this is usually dull pain that prevents me from sitting for long, bending or crouching
I sleep with a tens machine and heat-packs
Occasionally this would flair up, so I would need some bed-rest and painkillers , Often I would be immobile for a few days difficulties in walking /standing / bending for a few weeks
I have attempted to improve core muscles, so my routine involves walking ,pilates and a bit of swimming .
I went to a specialist five years ago and he said because i didn't have sciatica i didnt have a nerve problem (so im confused as to the pain in the hip)
6 weeks ago I had a flair up, after 3-4 days of immobility i was gradually on the mend , only to re-injure myself by over exerting myself, this happened twice
3 weeks ago i woke with pain in my leg and couldn't stand or walk for long, im now taking codine and find that in the morning the pain is worse but still im not standing or walking much, pain is much reduced by lying down
Anyway, latest MRI shows much worse L4/5 bulging and a detached 2 cm disc fragment causing significant compression of thecal sac and right nerve root,
I have only experienced sciatic leg pain for three weeks, I have not had much in the way of numbness.
Im booked in to see a neurosurgeon in two weeks,
I assume that a procedure like a discectomy could be used to get the sequestrated disc part out,
Apparently over time the body can break down this fragment.......but im not enjoying the pain / incapacity im in right now and dont want to do nerve damage,