This is my first time on this site and I am glad to see there is somewhere where I can ask some questions. Thought I would let you know what my diagnosis is.
L4-5 DDD near complete loss of disc space Bulging disc osteophyte complex is present to a moderate degree with some narrowing og the right lateral recess. Facet joint osteoarthritis is present to a moderate degree. Right lateral recess the traversing nerve however may be in contact with bulging disc osteophyte complex.
L2-3 bulging disc material is present to a mild degree. Mild facet joint hypertrophy.
L3-4 bulging disc material is present to a mild degree. Bilateral moderate facet joint hypertrophy is present Disc height is mildly reduced. No foraminal stenosis or central canal narrowing No nerve root compression visualized.
I have had 2 steroid injections 1st one I got about 2 or 3 days relief and the second one gave me no relief. They mentioned doing a Rhizotmy but they may want to do another injection to see if I get some relief . If I don't then they may not do the Rhizotmy but now I am thinking what will happen next if I cant have that done. I have been suffering with this for about 40 yrs and am on 4 different meds.
Could anyone give me some ideas about what to expect or if you are suffering from similar symptoms could you let me know how you deal with this. I am about at the end of my rope.