I recently had a lumbar MRI. I rec'd the report and it mentioned I had 2 left sided annular tears of both the L3-4 and L4-5 and a slightly greater disc buldge on the left at L4-5.
I spoke to my GP and he said it wasn't anything. I didn't have that before and have had no sucess with doctors here.
Does anyone know about these tears?
My pain has been since 2005 and I am not getting good answers. I woke up screaming from I am imagining was a spasm. I had valium around that took care of it. I go through cycles of not feeling too bad to feeling very bad. I want to work but I think it's impossible. My husband is a mess at the same time.
I am very depressed over it all. My doctor would give me anti depressants in a second, but I think, I have legitimate problems, am I just adding to it? I feel myself getting more withdrawn but it's also b/c I have been in a lot lately. Only a week or 2 ago, I didn't feel real bad and was able to do shopping, which isn't the best thing for my back and had been for awhile, b/c my husband couldn't.
I am wondering if it's worth seeing the neurologist about my mri. I need help financially on top of it.
I am trying my best to keep my faith. It's so hard watching your loved one suffer and yourself hurting too.
The place where the spasm came from I think is the same place that hurts when I walk.
I wanted off pain meds but see it's not a reality. I am on ms contin 30mg 2x a day and one 15 instant release once a day. He has me on ultram also, which I stopped because of all the bad things I heard about it and how if I decided to take an anti depressant, it doesn't go together.
I know I said a lot and it may sound confusing. I feel afraid and sad right now.
Any ideas are welcomed.