Long Story - I've been dealing with chronic back pain for about 15 years. Over the past 1-2 years it's been severe enough that I started calling in to work (I haven't missed work in 10 years). I could no longer go to the grocery, clean my house, load the dishwasher, do laundry, etc. I had to pay somebody to everything.
After push from Family and Friends I finally made a doctors appointment. I've been putting it off because I just knew something was bad wrong and I didn't want to know what it was (yes I'm one of those).
The doctor did an X-Ray and MRI. X-Ray showed what they consider mild scoliosis (20 degree curve) so they ordered an MRI. My MRI results came back with a mild bulge in L5 with no nerve involvement.
Now to the pain.... I currently have chronic pain on both sides of spine and across lower back, SEVERE pain in my buttock and my legs burn like FIRE. I've also lost some sensation in my legs (from the knee up). How is this possible?!
I feel crazy, defeated and hopeless. This MRI and Xray have made a liar out of me. I've been referred to an Ortho and if he says the same I don't know what to do.
Has anybody else experienced this? I need to know what questions to ask.