I have been having lower back pain for over two months. I have pain and stiffness first thing in the morning and if I am up and about too much I get so stiff and sore I can't stand up straight. I hoble around hunched over because I can not straighten my back without excruciating pain. I have some days that I am OK, and some days where I can barely get around at all. I have been unable to work as I do not know how my day is going to proceed and many days I can't stand up and walk around and have to rest frequently.
I have been doing physio for 6 weeks but am not finding that it helps, al she does is use the TENs machine and some sort of lazer on it.

Here are my results, which have multiple issues, but I am not sure of which one could be causing the pain, and if this will be a chronic problem, or one that will go away. I am 32 yrs old, female

No significant abnormality at T12-T1


L1-L2- There is mild disc space narrowing

L2-L3 There is mild to moderate left sided facet hypertrophy. There is no focal disc herniation or protrusion and no spinal or foaminal stenosis.

L3-L4 Mild to moderate bilateral facet hypertrophy is present. There is no focal disc herniation or protrusion and no spinal or foaminal stenosis.

L4-L5 Mild ligamentum flavum and facet hypertrophy is present. There is no disc protrusion or herniation. No spinal or foraminal stenosis

L5 S1: Mild to moderate disc space narrowing at this level. Broad based posterior disc bulging is present this may contact the transversing S1 nerves, however there is no evidence of nerve compression or displacement. Mild hypertrophic changes are noted at both facets. No spinal or forminal stenosis.
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replied February 13th, 2010
wat do u need help i doubt i can help big time but at least u can have someone to talk to
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replied February 13th, 2010
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hi canadiangirljs
basicly you have arthritis of the joints in the spine that give you mobility. have you seen a pain management dr. there are injections that should help. also if you can take an anti iinflammatory drug you should feel better. i have had the facet hypertrophy also and found that swimming gave me the most comfort. keep moving. keep stretching. stay loose....pete
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replied February 13th, 2010
Thanks for your advice Pete, swimming might help me. Do you think it may get better over time? Or is this going to be something I will have to deal with? I am afraid that I will never work again. I work in a nursing home and the work I do is very physical and hard..
I haven't been to a pain specialist, I don't know if they have those where I live. I live in a northern part of Ontario and am lucky to even have a family doctor. I will ask her though if a pain clinic may help.
thanks again.
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replied February 14th, 2010
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hi canadiangirljs
i know what you mean about no spine docs in ontario. we had a member here who was in the southern part and it was 8 hours to toronto. how far a trip to toronto? are you near hudson bay?
it will be a lasting battle for you with arthritis. unfortunately its the type of disease that doesnt improve with time.
try to get to a specialist as there are treatments....pete
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