I am 34 years old male, 6' and 250Lbs and in average shape. Prior to the following injury the only spinal problem I had was two cervical bulging disc in my neck from a car accident two years ago.
I sustained an injury in MAY that left me with pretty significant lower back pain, burning from the waist down, numbness and weakness in my left leg and a numb spot underneath my left shoulder blade near my spine. The doctor (pain management) sent me to a chiropractor first. I then went to 3 appointments and couldn't bare the pain any longer. After the chiropractic treatment I also started having sharp pains underneath that numb spot mid back. Currently I am in physical therapy (pool) but the therapist seem a little hesitant to do anything with me due to my pain level.
My lumbar MRI showed the following:
"L5-S1 : Asymmetric broadbase disc protrusion central/left parasagittal but the left S1 nerve root with very mild retrodisplacement"
Thoracic MRI showed nothing significant.
I had the lumbar MRI prior to any treatment but since having treatment it has gotten significantly worse. The doctor ordered a bone scan to see if they could diagnose my upper back issue but I have yet to have that done. I'm becoming very aggravated that it is taking so long for treatment and that things are not feeling like they are healing. IT HAS BEEN 4 MONTHS SINCE THE INJURY. I have not had any cortisone injections yet. Frustrated beyond words........
Any advice or suggestions are appreciated or if anyone had similar issues I would really love hearing how everything worked out. Did cortisone injections help anyone here?