Made quick contact with the Orthopaedic Surgeon’s office today to see if they had the results of the MRI I took almost two weeks ago and to make a follow up appointment. It was going to be a huge pain in the ass to have the report emailed to me (something about signing release forms, etc), and I wouldn’t understand what it says anyways. The only definitive thing she could tell me was that the MRI Report indicated a Disc Protrusion in my lower back. She didn’t indicate the exact location or any other details or abnormalities because she wanted the Doc to discuss all specifics and treatment options.
|Stages of Disc Herniation|
|1. Disc Degeneration: chemical changes associated with aging causes discs to weaken, but without a herniation.
2. Prolapse: the form or position of the disc changes with some slight impingement into the spinal canal. Also called a bulge or protrusion.
3. Extrusion: the gel-like nucleus pulposus breaks through the tire-like wall (annulus fibrosus) but remains within the disc.
4. Sequestration or Sequestered Disc: the nucleus pulposus breaks through the annulus fibrosus and lies outside the disc in the spinal canal (HNP).
Again, I don’t want to diagnosis myself, but let’s hope some physical therapy and good drugs can alleviate some of the pain and discomfort! I have a nerve conduction study next week and my follow up with the Doc is December 9th!
And the fun just keeps coming!! God damn I sound like an old lady…I can’t believe I’ve been discussing hip arthritis and protruding discs.
This Ironman is turning into aluminum foil!!!!!!!