MRI Says No Nerve Impingement?
I've ruptured L5-S1 4 times over 25 years, but went 10 years in between treatments, as I gave up hope that any thing could help me without surgery. 2 years ago I went for an MRI after rupturing the disc. The MRI showed a small herniation with "no nerve impingement", but my left leg has been numb from the knee to foot ever since. How can the apparent nerve impingement not show on the MRI? The doctor I saw said it would heal, it hasn't.
I've lived with chronic back pain for 25 years, but recently it has gotten really bad, as it always does before the disc re-herniates. So I picked out a top notch neurosurgeon and took my 2 year old MRI to him. After looking over the MRI he says, "I can't do anything with this." , and sends me for another MRI. He said the tingling in my leg could be from something else & ordered an EMG, but I know it's from the disc herniation, as it started with the injury. I'm to the point now that I want back surgery, yesterday! I can't take it anymore and I'm not going to become a pain pill addict. I'm wondering what to say to the doctor if he says the new MRI doesn't show nerve impingement. Or that surgery will not help me. I personally know that the disc is shot and needs to be removed or replaced. Any suggestions on how to handle the doctor during my upcoming visit would be greatly appreciated.
I'm going to ask the doctor to do surgery! Even if it is exploratory. I can find no other options to getting my life back.
Running out of hope.