for years and years I've dealt with back pain and it got worse few years back. and my days at the fabrication shop where i was working got shorter and eventually couldn't go in anymore and my dr put me on disability. no major injury or car accident or fall at all im going to put the findings from newest to oldest which i just got logged back into my ucd chart and found old mri from 2005. this may be a bit long but i really need some help..
MRI CERVICAL SPINE 2022
Intervertebral discs: There is a small midline disc bulge at C4-5 but not elsewhere. No annular tear protrusion is present at any level. Epidural space: The ventral subarachnoid space is partially effaced the anterior C4-5.
MRI THORACIC SPINE 2021
FINDINGS: There is slight increased thoracic kyphosis otherwise normal alignment of thoracic vertebrae. Facet joints appear unremarkable. No acute compression fracture seen. There is 30% anterior wedging of T8 which and 20% anterior wedging of T10 and T11 that appears old. There is Schmorl's node at the superior and inferior endplates of T9 and at the inferior endplate of T10 and superior endplate of T11.There is loss of height and/or signal intensity of the discs at T6-7 through T11-12.There is minor posterior bulging disc at T7-8 on the left which is not compressing the spinal cord. See sagittal 7 and axial 15. Degenerative disc disease at T5-6 through T10-11.
CT OF LOWER BACK 2005
There is no apparent fracture identified. There is a very minimal
levoscoliosis. This may be positional in nature. Disk spaces
preserved. However, the SI joints are not well defined, especially
on the left. The right is unremarkable. If clinically indicated and
suspicious for spondyloarthropathy, a CT of the SI joints would be
beneficial. Also noted is a small sclerotic focus on the left
pedicle of L5. Although this is benign in nature, osteoid osteoma
cannot be ruled out. A CT of the SI joint would also include this
vertebral body for further evaluation. Finally, the described
compression fracture at L2 is not well visualized. No compression
fracture seen at this site.SMALL SCLEROTIC FOCUS ON LEFT PEDICLE, L5, WHICH ALTHOUGH LOOKS
BENIGN IN NATURE, CANNOT RULE OUT OSTEOID OSTEOMA OR OTHER MORE
MALIGNANT LESION.THE LEFT SI JOINT IS NOT WELL DEFINED. IF CLINICALLY INDICATED,
A CT OF THE SI JOINTS WOULD BETTER ELUCIDATE THIS FINDING AND WOULD
INCLUDE THE L5 VERTEBRAL BODY FOR FURTHER EVALUATION OF THE SCLEROTIC
recently my neck has been extremely worse and my low back has been getting worse as well shooting pain down my right hip and thigh. I've had no major injury my pain management dr pretty much just wants me to take meds I've failed out of physical therapy 3 times. every time they tell me i need more imaging and to talk with my dr to see what other options i have. the meds they prescribed i just cant deal with the side effects..i don't really know how to go forward. the exercises they tell me to do make it worse and i end up laying heat packs and ice packs unable to do anything for the rest of the day pretty much. do i have some sort of spine condition or what do i even tell my dr cause i cant keep living like this...