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Old 04-27-2005, 02:07 PM   #1
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Disc Narrowing - my long story

About 2 years ago, I started to get pain in my lower back (left side only). The pain was isolated and I could stick my finger precisely to the spot where it hurt. The pain would come in lightning flashes that would make my legs buckle from under me. It became a running joke between all my friends that my (insert screaming) BACK hurts, since I would scream out "Ahhh my back." and then buckle to the ground.

I went to see my doctor and she ordered a bunch of tests including bloodwork and an MRI. The result of the MRI was DISC NARROWING at L4/ L5. She told me that most everyone has a little disc narrowing and to see a neurosurgeon if I wanted.

I felt dismissed.

I have been seeing a new doctor since then... We have tried relafen, naprosyn, vicodin, flexeril... etc. But the pain has gotten worse. The doctor just this month (after seeing him about a year) got the results from my MRI and suggested physical therapy. I will begin next week.

I went to a chiropractor a few weeks ago. I was frustrated with my doctor and thought maybe the chiro could help. He took x-rays and said that I had a pretty serious DISC COMPRESSION at L4/ L5 and that my body was suffering from over compensating for the pain.

About me: Im 28. I work out 5 times a week. I am 5' 10 and a muscular 145lbs. I leg press about 150 lbs, curl 45 lbs but cant bend over to touch my toes. I cant squat or dead-lift and lately I have become very skilled at the art of picking things up with my toes.

The pain: It is a dull pain all day long. 4 - 5 times a day a lightning bolt shoots through my butt and makes me shake like Ive been electocuted (just for a second).

I guess Im looking for a similiar story. Dont you think a 2 year old MRI is inadequate information? Shouldnt my diagnosis (to take to physical therapy) read more than "lower back pain."

How do you find someone who beleives the pain is as bad as you say it is?

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Old 04-27-2005, 03:05 PM   #2
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Lightbulb Re: Disc Narrowing - my long story

mya sry to hear u r haveing this is become quite apparent to me and i am sure many others on this board that lower back pain is mainly dismissed by most that dont have it unless thier out to make a buck off our pain. and it is very hard to obtain real help out there.if u pain persist i am sure u will find u must become a real fighter for ur medical needs.unless u voice louadly ur needs they will go unheard.i hope u get must be out spoken with ur docs and the ppl who u depend on for help.

Old 04-27-2005, 03:36 PM   #3
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Re: Disc Narrowing - my long story


can you post the exact wording of the MRI report here? That will help some of us alot in responding to you.


Old 04-27-2005, 06:46 PM   #4
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Re: Disc Narrowing - my long story

Hi, mya and welcome to the board. First off, and this is just my opinion, I have to say that I hope that chiro refused to work on you!! The last thing you need is to have your back manipulated. You need to see a good spine specialist and yes, you will need new tests. Any MRI more than 6 months old isn't up-to-date enough. The specialist may, after that, want more tests.

Here comes the part you aren't going to like. You need to stop doing those exercises. Right now, your spine does not need the extra work out you are giving needs rest from it. In fact, that kind of workout could be a contributing factor to your injury. I'm sorry...really, I am, and it is totally up to you, but I think most people would agree with me. It could be causing your pain to be even worse than it would be. Truthfully, I don't know how in the world you can do it. (shiver).

I wish you the best of luck and hope you find a competent dr. soon.

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Old 04-30-2005, 05:32 PM   #5
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Re: Disc Narrowing - my long story

If you have a bulg disc on that MRI, I would recommend some sort of decompression. Their are several out there.

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