I was actually fairly devastated to hear that I now have osteoarthritis of my spine. I was self-treating (exercise, stretches, etc.) what I thought was a bulging disc and it got worse. Basically my pain went from sciatica pain in my right leg to pain in my hips and lower back.
I had mentioned this to physios and asked if I should have another MRI, but they said not too. It isn't their fault I should have gone back to the specialist who diagnosed my condition. I wonder if someone could help me with a couple of questions.
I've read the site for answers but I am not too clear:
1. Is there anything i could have done about it to stop it getting worse? This is rattling round my head constantly at the moment! It may help others with bulging discs.
2. It is possible to be pain free with this condition? I understand managing the pain, but is it possible to be able to forget about the condition by keeping an active and following the advice on this site regarding exercise, diet etc.
3. I was told disc replacement surgery in contra-indicated for my condition. From what I understand because my bones are rubbing together it is simply not an option. I relative recently has disc replacement surgery with great success! I'm assuming he had some portion of the disc left?
Anyway hope someone can help a little!