Back in 1987 I found out that I had Spina bifada occula and a disc herniation and canal stenosis. I was given a L4/5 discetomy to help ease the pain. By 1999 I needed further surgery to L3/4 with a syn cage inserted to support my ailing back.
This surgery was no where near as successful as the first so in 2005 I had the ‘IDET’ procedure at L3/4 for an annula tear. This helped a bit but I’ve been on lots of medication and have regular injections instead of any further surgery which just doesn’t seemed to have helped me.
Recently though I’ve been in a real mess with my pain which has become far worse and when I told the Physiotherapist my concerns she did a few checks and decided to not touch me but to send me straight back to my consultant as she was suspicious it could even be my hip.
I saw my consultant last night who said that on my MRI scan of 2014 it showed a moderate bulge at L3/4 but it was not compressed or trapping any nerves. After checking me over he thinks that maybe it is now pressing on the nerves and is sending me for an up to date MRI.
I was due to have my usual injections on Friday but this has been cancelled as he said he may need to give me an injection into my nerve, if this is the problem to calm it down a bit. He told me not to worry and that I could top up my medication a bit until we get the results but I will just have to wait a few weeks for the scan and then it’s results.
I guess when I think about what work I have already had done on my spine that the disc above all the work would degenerate sooner rather than later as that has to do all the work, but I do hope it’s something that can be eased a bit with a simple injection.