Can a herniated disc get worse?
Hello; In July/08 my MRI showed a 'slightly' to 'Mild' herniated disc at L5/S1. However, a few months after the MRI my symptoms started to become much worse. For example the lumbar symptoms went from bothering me about 40% of the time to bothering me about 80% ... for lack of a better example or words at this time. quite frankly i'm not too fond of the 1 - 10 scale. however, i suppose - pain wize in regard to just my low back the pain before july i would say was prob like a ... uuuhg, um 4/5 but the months following to current the pain can get to a 8/9 and even 10 esp. w/out meds. Soooo, i'm wondering if anyone knows if a herniated disc can become worse ... uh, more herniated? or can it slip out more? i've tried to google it and have tried webmd to no avail and i cannot seem to get a straight answer from my gp.
i went through a period where my back would "go out" and i was told this may have been caused by my muscles have'n become weakend. however, i do exercise and stretch out on a daily basis. some days i'm able to exercise more than others but at least each day i do something to stay active. granted i'm not able to use free weights any more. but i do squats but maybe this isn't enough to keep my back in shape. i wonder if maybe an other MRI may be in order.
i have been looking forward to a spineal implant. yet i wonder if it's still a good idea. if it's placed in my back w/out a recent picture and it stops pain - which is our bodies sign something is wrong - then i'm a bit concerned the implant may cover up a progressive problem. suppose i'm worried bout permanent damage. mostly because i have had loss of bladder control at night while sleeping twice in the last six weeks - give or take. not to mention 3 of the last six injections i received made my bladder let go in the middle of the night.
any ideas or thought would be greatly appreciated. i just want so much to get better - to feel better and to just get back to my life. thank you for your time. be well. thank you, kara