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Help with diagnosis
Apr 17, 2013
I have been struggling with sharp intermittent pain in my tailbone area and less intense constant pain in the same area for 6 years. Acute episodes have become more frequent, more severe and last longer. I have ceased all activity except walking and have tried the following therapies: PT, Chiropractic, yoga, pilates, stretching exercises, wearing an SI belt, wearing a corset type belt, Dr. Ho's decompression belt (as seen on TV), acupuncture with 2 diff chiropractors and a specialized licensed acupuncturist, anti-inflammatory supplements, anti-inflammatory prescriptions, steroid injections (two in diff places), & RFA. The only thing that gives me any relief is ice and now the anti-inflammatory prescription is helping. No one can give me a diagnosis as to what is causing the chronic inflammation and pain. I have given up hope of ever having the active lifestyle I use to and would settle to just be rid of pain at this point. I am considering stem cell injection therapy. I have done some reading on anular tears and am wondering if this could be what is causing the inflammation and pain. I think the pain is nerve pain since it is very intense to the point it takes my breath away and I scream outloud. Following are excerpts from the 3 MRI's I have had.

MRI report states:
Mild disc desiccation at L4-L5 and L5-S1. At L4-L5 level there is right lateral small disc protrusion which abuts the right L4 nerve root and mildly narrows the right neural foramina. At the L5-S1 level there is a small central disc extrusion with mild effacement of the thecal sac.

Mild degenerative disk disease at both L4-5 and L5-S1. Very small anular tears at L4-5 laterally on the right and at L5-S1 just to the right of the midline.

Mild desiccation at L4-5 and L5-S1. L4-5: Right foraminal anular fissure and small right foraminal protrusion. Protrusion contacts without significantly impinging right L4 nerve root. L5-S1: central anular fissure and minimal central protrusion.

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