I've been lurking at this site for a few months now. I love all the information and everyone seems so supportive of one another and that is what I could really use right now because I am scared out of my mind.
So a little about me. My name is Heather, I'm 28, married with twin 6 y.o. boys. I've had back pain on and off for about 5 years and was coping up until last summer when the pain became intense, constant, relentless....My right leg started to go numb, stabbing pains in my hip and lower back, and mid back.
Had MRI Sept 08. of Lumbar.
I have a central disk protrusion at L3/L4 with mild effacment of thecal sac.
A mild disk bulge at L4/L5 with mild neural foramen narrowing and minimal effacement of the thecal sac.
Modedrate disk bulge at L5/Sl with mild effacement of thecal sac and severe neural foramen narrowing and Grade I anterolisthsis.
To make a long story short, I was unable to follow up with my Dr at the time b/c of insurance issues and finances.
Fortunately I was referred to a public health proram and I am one step away from getting all of that taken care of so I can get in to see my Dr again.
I just went to the ER the other night after two weeks of "crying my eyes out" pain. She had an Xray done and found that My Grade I spondylolithesis at L5/Sl is now at a Grade II JOY:) And I haven't even gotten the mid section (Thoratic?)of my back checked out yet.
I am just terrified. I know what herniations are. I know what stenosis is. It's just hard to wrap my brain around it. I'm 28 but I feel 82. I beat myself up because I think I shouldn't feel this bad, I shouldn't be in this much pain. I should be stronger than this....
It's been alot to take in. I don't know what lies ahead for me and of course that scares me.
I'm glad I found this place.