First off, I wasn't sure exactly where to post this, so apologies if it was better in another forum!
I've come across this forum in google and wanted to see if anybody could help me to see some light at the end of the tunnel...
Since October, I've had a pain throughout my buttocks (both sides) when sitting down. This generally escalates in intensity when sitting on harder surfaces. There was nothing in particular which I can recall which caused these symptoms.
I went to see a local chiropractor who spent months treating what he thought was an SI joint problem. When these treatments didn't work, he finally referred me for an MRI.
The MRI has flagged up some issues, which the GP believes have been causing the pain. The results showed:
There is evidence of disc degeneration at L2-3 and L4-5 with mild posterior central disc bulging. At these levels, there is abutment of the proximal traversing right L3 nerve in the right L2-3 lateral recess, and abutment of the proximal traversing L5 nerve roots bilaterally in the L4-5 lateral recesses bilaterally. No convincing neural impingement is present within the lumbar spine.
At L5-S1, there is hypertrophic facet joint arthrosis on the left with mild left L5 foraminal stenosis but no convincing neural impingement is present at this level.
I was referred to an NHS physio who seemed to agree with this and attempted one session of Laser therapy. After that, I was given a number of core strengthening exercises to do and I've been doing these religiously for the past few months.
I do feel that this has generally helped a little, but I don't think I'm anywhere near back to being pain free.
Has anybody got any advice on next steps? I don't mind paying for any treatment needed as I'm so fed up of this pain! (If so, is it better to see a chiropractor, physio or somebody else??)
Thanks in advance for your help!