I met with my neurosurgeon this morning to go over my MRI & X-ray results & make a plan from here. I am going to attempt to explain this as easily as possible, but know that I haven't fully processed & researched some of this...so here it goes...
My disc herniation storyMy L5/S1 has healed significantly since Dec 2009. YAY! As the dr. had stated before, my pain is MOST LIKELY (common words for today) not from herniations. Both my L4 & L5 herniations are small. He felt they were more mechanical when I met with him 2 weeks ago, thus why I got my X-rays of my mid-back.
My X-ray storyMy X-rays did show slight scolosis, but this is MOST LIKELY not the cause for my pain.
"Who among the gods is like you, LORD? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?" Exodus 15:11
More of my disc storyMy discs are dehydrated, making them "trouble makers" (as he called them). Dehydration is as common as crows feet & wrinkles. It is how your body ages; however, mine are a little more degenerative that most ppl my age. They have no findings of why some ppl have a faster or slower degeneration of their discs & why some ppl have pain associated with it & others don't. He said some ppl have "ugly" MRI's & have no pain & vice-versa.
There is a possibility that the vertebral facets are causing the pain in my back too. Basically he said that the bones could be rubbing more instead of the soft cartilidge allowing smooth movement. So basically this would be arthritis.
What about surgery?
It is possible that a fusion surgery would be in my future; however, he has a more reserved approach to surgery. He said that if I was older, this would probably be more of an option. He said that there would be future risk of getting more surgeries done. The fusion puts pressure on the upper discs & then eventually causes them to degenerate.
What A Pain!
"Ok God...I am strugglig today...my back hurts...give me the strength to endure my back pain... heal me... help me to glorify you through my circumstances...help me to point others to You...because you are the Almighty God who is worthy of my praise.
"Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26