I'm from the UK and new to the forums. I have been suffering with low back pains and spasms on and off for almost a year now resulting in a total of 6-8 weeks off work. I am an engineer that requires lots of heavy lifting and leaning forwards with the weight out in front of me to load into cnc machines.
As of this week I have had an mri scan with the results:
mri spine Lumber/sacral: No abnormal bone signal. No malignant. No disk degeneration at L4/5 level, other lumber disks well preserved. Conus ends at L1/2 appears unremarkable.
At L3/4 no traversing or exiting root compression.
At L4/5 broad based disk bulge which indents the thecal sac, but no traversing root displacement or compression. Exiting roots unremarkable. Mild facet flaval hypertrophy.
At L5/s1 no traversing or exiting root compression.
I have been informed that physical therapy is needed and to see how things pan out..
I am on 2week sick at the moment from work with sick note stating amended duties, boss unable to let me work! I am in no real pain now but feel very uncomfortable with dull aches and stiffness in the left side of my lower back and bottom, and at times my left thigh. Also I feel very unsure of myself.
I feel that my job has put me in this situation and I do not know what I should do about it. I do not feel that I can do that job as is, but I feel I can work whilst on the move, ie: walking.
I feel like I'm in a sticky situation as this could last some time and my back will always be weak, more so doing that job as is!
Can anybody give me some pointers and maybe put my mind at rest. I am a nervous wreak right now as all I can think about is how am I going to pay the mortgage?.
Thanks in advance and sorry if any of what's said is off topic.
its not the end of the world. basically you only have one bad disc and a little arthritis in the back joint [facet]....the physical therapy will hopefully help. try walking a lot. a steroid injection may help. the key is to get that disc back under the vertebrae where it belongs. i would try one of those back braces that wraps tightly around your waste.
if at all possible avoid lifting and if you do lift get good instruction on how to lift with your legs. this may resolve itself with good effort from you.....pete
Thanks for the reply. I seem to be doing a lot better lately if being able to get out jogging is anything to go by. I am in the process of joining up to the TA and hopefully get out of engineering. I have been walking a lot, stretching, and jogging.
I think being stuck in doors doing nothing but resting has prolonged things a little, so now its all out to get fit again also get out on my mountain bike to blow off some steam.. Anyway thanks again koogi.
sounds good....i hope that disc gets back where it belongs. walking might be a bit better than the running because its less jarring. all in all there are backs much worse than yours. statistics say that 90% of disc problems do get better.....pete
Hello again, Just a quick update on my current situation. I am feeling much better now taking pete's advice and sticking with lots of walking.. It would seem after looking at my mri again I do have degeneration at L4/5 disk, but I am feeling good,, no pain.. At times activity feels awkward but I do try to push on..
I have an appointment with a specialist in a few weeks, kind of worried in what he/she may say.
One question I do keep asking myself is, Will I be able to go back to my current job, or am I looking at a career change to safe guard my back?
Forgot to mention,, the TA don't want me with this injury