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Hi,
I posted the thread about my MRI showing nothing but disk degeneration, now I got the actual report and the impression basically states Disk degeneration at all levels but no herniation or central canal stenosis. The actual report body states that I have mild bulging at L-5, S1 where I think the pain is actually coming from and also at L4-5 bulging disk endplate spurring, facet arthritis and ligament hypertrophy. I know it isn't that bad but the pain did come back yesterday and just wondering how could something that sounds this minor cause so much pain? should I just keep plugging along as my dr said and tough it out? I did have 4 days relatively pain free but it is back not as extreme as I originally had it but I am wondering besides taking prednisone and Ultram and my RA meds, what other people have done and how long you wait before you go to a pain dr or someone who might give you exercises or some other form of therapy. Glad it is nothing crucial but funny when you can't get stuff done it cramps your life. My leg is still numb so I feel that even though the MRI didn't show it a nerve got pinched. Someone suggested to me in the other thread about getting a CT scan but my dr will not go for that, she didn't want the MRI done. thanks in advance for any input.
Donna70





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