Hello all, I hope you are all doing ok. I know how difficult it has been for so many of you with chronic pain. This is my first post & looking for advice please.
Today I got results of my lumbar MRI. Basically neurosurgeon said all looked clear apart from slight scar tissue. In 2019 I had microdisectomy / decompression on L5/S1 for a extruding disc resulting in foot drop & severe impingement on nerve. The injury was very bad & I was unable to walk and in agonising pain. Surgery was successful but it took a while to regain strength in my leg. I began physio & after several months I started Pilates. All was good until pain crept back after 6 months.
In January I went back to physio due to back pain, tingling/ numbness in legs . Physio believed it to be a flare up rather than anything sinister but after ten sessions I really got no relief. Covid happened and i stopped physio. Now I’m in bad pain all the time. It is nothing as severe as the pain before surgery last year but it’s constant discomfort/ pain stiffness, sharp darts , radiating down both legs. I’m on painkillers / anti inflammatory. Had mri and today the results came back as clear. I know it’s crazy but I was devastated. I I wanted them to find something on mri so it could be fixed & pain free .i was certain something would shoe up. I feel so frustrated & don’t know how to move forward. I have 3 young kids & it’s affecting me caring for them.
Is it possible that an mri can be clear but there can be something underlying? Thanks in advance.