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How it began:
Flank pain started 3 months ago on lower right side. Protrusion under the skin on the lower right lumbar area, extreme pain. The pain is agonizing, it hits the lower flank, goes down my buttocks, and down my thigh reaching my knee.
No doctors believed me (I was at 5 different hospitals, 1 actually found at 13mm lesion on my left lung that kept me in for 4 days, diagnosis Valley Fever 1.5yrs of anti-fungal medication but nothing about the back), I was so frustrated I would cry each time they came in saying my CT-scan looked normal, x-ray looked normal, because I KNEW something was wrong and I knew that they thought I was a crazy woman who was just a hypochondriac.
Then finally, a Dr. cared. My PCP called in a friend of hers to examine me as well. He literally prodded and poked at my back for a few seconds before saying 'she needs and MRI stat.' I had only ever heard a Dr. say stat on damn TV shows, it was interesting and kind of alarming, but mostly I just cried in relief, someone believed me.
After all that rambling (sorry, it's been a long frustrating and hair pulling out 3 months of trying to find out what's wrong) here is what the MRI report had to say-
Finding of MRI:
Hypertrophy of the facets with foraminal narrowing L1-L4 and L5-S1
Straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis
I think I am understanding what this means but I just want other opinions who may have received this diagnosis. Is it as bad as it sounds? Oh and the kicker, I'm only 21 years old (not overweight, I stay very healthy, only water, exercising, etc. this is like a kick in the teeth from life). MRI report said the progression looks like that of a 60yr old patient.
I'm not scared per say, (this is just the hand life has dealt me, I can work on it hopefully with pain management) just p*ssed off at all the other Drs who pushed me aside when it turns out something was actually wrong.
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