As the title states I have been diagnosed through an MRI with the following;-
- At L4-5, there is dehydration, height loss & a broad-based central protrusion of the disc with an annular tear indenting the dural sac without nerve root compression
- At L5-S1, the disc is dehydrated an reduced in height. There is a broad based right central disc protrusion impinging upon the right S1 nerve root at it exits the dural sac and only touching the left S1 nerve root.
I am due to see a spinal surgeon on Friday so would greatly appreciate any thought/help/advice/input etc
A little bit of background info,
28 y o male
Excruciating lower back pain since December, which has got worse over time. Think I have had a weakness there for a couple of years as i suffered from what i would now describe as mild back pain previously in the same area that just went away before after a few days.
Use to work in a physically demanding role and moved into an office job last January 2013 so sitting all day. Lost over 3 stones in weight last year, think the weakness i had was from job i used to do but may have been brought out by spinning (cycling) which i would do for up to an hour a day until i stopped because my back started to hurt. That in combination with then sitting all day and the pressure on the area? Am still considered to be overweight though at 15 stone + currently
Daily i take
anti - Inflam 8 a day
Codeine x 10 tabs a day
Diazepam 15 - 20 mg a day
Morphine slow release tabs 30 mg twice a day
Oramorph as needed but up to 40 mg sometimes due to pain
Have seen GP 20 times + in this time who has been brilliant but had to fight to get an MRI from orthopaedics which i eventually got, getting worse daily and dosed up on the meds, sick of being told that things should improve, have been signed off work since mid January just want to get back to a normal life. Am an emotional wreck as the pain is just too much, finding my current lifeless existence very difficult.
Can anyone help and what do you think this surgeon will say to me on Friday as when I spoke over the phone with orthopaedics before they were quite dismissive about ‘my localised back pain that millions suffer from‘ (before MRI) and told me that I was either not doing my stretches/exercises that physio had set or that my physio program needed to be revaluated. Physio program hasn’t help one bit I can barely do the movements anyway although I am best walking around but get achy very quickly, but I have religioulsy done everythign I have been advised to a tee. I have used multiple hot and cold compression etc as well since December, as well as tens machine and all that doesn’t do a thing.
Facts are the MRI results, and the progression from a slight back pain in December to where I am now in extreme pain - even and on all these medications it is getting worse all the time and I am scared I am going to be fobbed off and told to wait or nothing will happen, surelly they have got to do something with me in the circumstances?
Please can some in the know or with some expereince help me - I feel very lost and lonely in my current position and the internet is just filled with so much stuff that means nothing to me.
What do you think are my options based on diagnosis?
Thank you all so much in advance I would greatly appreciate any input.