I FINALLY got that MRI and the report back from it. It showed "moderate disk space narrowing and degenerative disk signal with mild disk bulging and small marginal osteophyte formation at L5-S1 associated with small disk anulus tear posteriorly. Minimal disk bulging at remaining lumbar levels and anteriorly, at T11-T12 and T12-L1. Mild posterior disk space narrowing at L4-L5 and Mild degenerative features and L3-L4 and L4-L5. Small bilateral perimeural nerve root sheath cysts. Mild facet degeneration at L5-S1 and mild facet joint synovitis at L4-L5 with minimal grade 1 L4 and Grade 1 L5 spondylolisthesis."
My family docs take on this - mild arthritic changes and disk bulging. Physical therapy and pain clinic if desired.
I am doing exercises as recommended at home and my back does continue to improve. It still aches by noon each day and I feel like it could give out at any time, so I am trying to "baby" it and not lift heavy things as much as possible. Not sure when I should get back on that horse, literally.
Hello everyone and thanks so much for all of your replies. It had been over five weeks now since my initial injury and I called my primary yesterday asking for that MRI referral he said he would give me. Still waiting to hear back, but I will make sure I get in ASAP.
I tend to be the type to wait a long time to seek medical care, but I can see from many other peoples' experience that that is probably not the best strategy with a back injury. I will try to get a specialist to look at the MRI. I agree, it is just too important of an issue not to. My insurance is pretty good, so I think it won't be a problem.
Riding horses is my passion. I ride dressage, which involves a lot of sitting trot and obviously puts quite a bit of stress on the spine. Not being able to ride is just not an option!
Last summer, I had a bout of what I thought was piriformis syndrome with sharp, shooting pain in my left buttock and down my left leg. I couldn't sit down without terrible pain for a month. Then, after lots of stretching and icing, it dissipated.
I can't help but wonder if my current issue, where I am having the same route of pain now add it has moved from being primarily in the lower back to the left hip, buttock, and leg, is somehow related to what happened last summer?? I also was diagnosed with costochondritis last fall on left side of my chest. Completely out of the blue. Could this all be related somehow?
Hello. I am new to this forum. 5 weeks ago I was lifting a heavy item after a long day of lifting things and I felt something pop in my lower back on the left side. The muscles in my back got tighter and tighter causing extreme pain. The next morning, I could move. Bending forward was impossible and excruciating. Doc prescribed muscle relaxant over the phone as I could not get there. A week later, I was feeling better, but still moderate pain, until I once again felt that "pop" or pull in my back and I went right back to square one. Iced, ibuprofen, naproxen, flexeril helped somewhat.
A few days later, it happened AGAIN as I was carefully trying to shave my legs. Lots of pain radiating down my left leg and in my lower left back. Went to family doc who said probably herniated disc. Xrays normal. He said let's see how you are in a week and order MRI if not better. I am doing exercises at home to strengthen core as recommended by a PT friend.
Today, for the THIRD time since my initial incident, I felt and swear I heard a pop in my back, this time the middle of the right side. Once again, it was followed by pain and my back is tightening up add I type. I am icing it and took a flexeril.
I will call doc first thing Monday and ask for that MRI. I have no doubt I have a herniated disc causing sciatic pain down my leg and in my left buttocks. My question is this - why do I keep having these other popping sensations followed by pain throughout various regions of my back?? I work full time (teacher) on my feet all day ( which is less painful than sitting) and I can't afford to miss work. Also, I ride horses and haven't been able to get on mine since the initial injury. I want to get back on my horse!!
What is going on with my back? I am only 40, very active, and this is ruining my life.