After a severe bout of back pain in Nov. 06, I was diagnosed with DDD at L3-4 through L5-S1 with diffuse bulging of the annulus fibrosis and osteophyte formation at each level. There is a small amount of disc protrusion into the left neural forman at L3-4 and slightly to the left of the midline at L4-5. The combined findings are causing a mild spinal stenosis.
Neural foraminal encroachment is enough to be potentially significant on the left at L3-4 and L4-5 and is the worst on the right at L4-5 and milder but still present at L3-4 and L5-S1. Some degenerative change in the apophyseal joints of mild severity is present as well, particularly at L3-4 bilaterally. In addition there is a mild chronic compression deformity of the T12 vertebral body but no fractures are seen.
I have gone through chiropratic care, some PT, and Nerve as well as Facet Joint Injections (last one on 12/20/07 at L3 level). Since initial diagnosis pain has changed considerably due to my own stubbornness to accept I can no longer do certain things. I still have a sharp knife like burning at T12/L1, stiffness in my lower back and a dull ache at times both midlevel and lower back..
What is new however is an increase in pain at the hips in front just under the belt line which like two hooks have been stuck in and are pulling backwards. And a very frequent popping in my lower back at more than one level. Sometimes its accompanied by pain. It happens when I am usually sitting and change positions or during bowel movements even when I am not straining to move. The popping feels similar to when you pull on your finger. I feel the pop not the pulling.
Anyone else experiencing the popping? Can it or did it lead to further problems or were you able to live with it to avoid surgery.
I also have DDD in L5-S1. When I am sitting and lean forward or arch backward, I sometimes feel an intense pain, then my back pops loudly, and causes the pain to subside. When I pointed this out to my orthopedic surgeon, he called it a "catch".
I have the same pain in Lower Lumbar/Hip/Pelvic area witu loud audible popping in various positions, it sometimes causes pain, but often seems to provide momentary relief of pressure, like getting one's neck adjusted at the chiropractor. It does feel like icy hot knife or knitting needle is jabbing at it from various angles. Pain meds have provided moderate relief. I am 38 and am becoming depressed that my body is in so much pain! I can't seem to get a real diagnosis: having seen my Primary Care, a D.O., a Chiropractor... the best they will give me is "Displaced Lumbar Disk w./ Sciatica". It is becoming difficult to live, to function with this crippling pain. Is there some type of Specialist I should be seeing?
I also experience the popping noise and feeling. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to when it occurs. I don't experience any pain from it. I also have spondylosis. I just saw a doctor for the chronic pain in the lumbar area. I have been told that I could have facet arthritis. There is pain in the sacral area, too, and the sciatic nerve acts up. So, could be sacral arthritis, too. So, I suspect that the arthritis could be causing the popping noise, like when your ankle keeps clicking for a while, when you walk on it.
In my case, the arthritis could be the result of numerous injuries. I have been in 15 car accidents. Only 2 were cited as my fault. Also, back in high school, I leg pressed 750 lbs. I had positioned myself up higher on the back of the seat and thought I heard a pop when I did that. I also had a portable cement mixer roll off the back of a dump truck and land squarely in my hands. I could not tell you exactly what it weighed, but I have looked at them online and they range from 900-1500 pounds. I would guess at teh lighter weight. A few years after that, I dead lifted 1009 lbs a little off the ground. I did it improperly and strained my back a bit.
So, I don't know if that relates to anything you have; repeated injuries, arthritis. Hope it helps.