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Need Help!

PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:50 pm
by abymom07
I hope you can give me some advice as my situation - I am told - is complicated.

In June 2007, I woke up one morning and my lower back was in spasm - I had done nothing to injure it as I have been chronicaly ill with lyme disease for 3+ years and the most I can do is light walking, light stretching and VERY light pilates on the reformer.
The spasms stopped, but the pain became unbearable. I could not sit without excrutiating pain and I had numbness down the left shin and upon straiing (to go to the bathroom) I would get nerve pain in the left groin and inside the left thigh area.

I had a thoracic and lumbar MRI and the findings are as follows:

IMPRESSION: Thoracic:Small right-sided protrusion of the 4-5 disk otherwise unremarkable

IMPRESSION: Lumbar:The lumbar level reveals mild physiologic bulging. ON the left at the 3-4 level, there is a more focal far lateral protrusion with narrowing of the left L3 foramen. Thereis an aberrant soft tissue mass in the left lateral recesses of L3, extending up to the 2-3 disk which is probablya small free disk fragment. The 1-2 and 12-1 levels are unremarkable. The bone marrow signal is unremarkable. The distal cord and conus are unremarkable. Mulit-level degenerative changes

Since the MRI, in July, I have been to an ortho surg, and a neuro surg. Since then (it is now 12/9/07) my leg symptoms are absent and the only thing I experience is an extreme pulling in my spine in the L2-5 area if I bend/move forward.

The surgeons are both sensitive to the lyme disease issue - including possible side effects with steroid epidurals. They both agree light PT would be good - walking being the best as well as having an epidural in the L2-3 area to see if the disc swelling will go down and not put so much pressure on the free fragment (which they belive has been there for many years). They view surgery as my last resort.

What are your thoughts? I was a fit and healthy athletic type - XC skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and more....now, I can do very little. I lay on a massage table with my legs elevated to watch TV as my couch is too soft and only sit when required. My back hurts even more from laying down I think,

Are there any exercises that would help me? Someone told me about Active Isolated Stretching a book by Aaron L. Mattes, but am afraid of making things worse and don't want the free fragment to move.

Thanks for your kindness and support.
Deb

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:01 am
by Steven
Hi abymom07,

Welcome to the group. I would like to answer your questions, but the way you've presented the problem makes it difficult. Every answer I would give you would be potentially wrong and/or would require pages upon pages of explanation.

I can only tell you what I would do. I would read through the various posts in this forum, Dean's articles on the main site, and then if all of that made sense for my situation, I would get Dean's book and just try rebuilding my back.

I hope that helps,
Steven