Re: What does all this mean in regards of my back pain?
I never knew I had a flat back, until my ortho mentioned it and showed me pictures of the way it should look. It never caused any pain. It can come with age or loss of the water in your disc. I was young and had a flat back and the pain came later with the injury. My problem was I twisted my back in one injury and fell the following year backward all the way down. Then waiting 4 years for surgery didn't do any good. My back was so unstable by then, that they had to fuse it at L/4-L/5 and L5/S1. One Neuro just starred at my MRI and laughed about how straight my spine was. I am now just starting to get a little bit of curvature back there. They are now going to go back in and take the hardware out and do a Laminectomy on the scar tissue and entrapped nerves at L5 and S1. Then I have another area with bone spurs that are encroaching on my spinal canal and nerve canals and try some procedure on it. I hope this will resolve some of my pain. I heard that some people do have pain with the flat back, but in my case it wasn't the generator of the pain. I think when you address all your questions to your specialist you are going to see it much clearer. These doctors seem to throw out these words I can't even spell, let alone know the meaning of, so I just keep asking the same question over and over until they make it clear to me. Come back and let us know what your doctor says. Hope you get to feeling better.