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Has anyone ever had same or similar diagnosis. I had an MRI scan following 19 months of right lower back pain, at times radiating to buttocks and pain down right leg. I had cut my running back and was only running about 2 - 3 times a week, short distances. Still had problems. I was back and forward to my GP with these issues - advised to stop or curtail running, take up pilates and swimming. I was advised to see a private physio. All in all I have seen private physios, chiropractioners, osteopaths, sports massages - all to no avail. (All of them said there was nothing disc/boney wrong it was muscular - how wrong were they!) I carried out all the advice given and did my prescribed stretches etc.
Anyhow I went back to my GP and basically demanded an MRI. I have received my MRI results - still to see GP in one weeks time. The results were not good. I am 52 years old and I have facet joint degeneration at L4/L5 and L5/S1 and degenerative broad based bulge in discs at same region. But I have something a bit more uncommon - a small synovial cyst arising from the L4/L5 facet joint which is displacing the L5 nerve root. The report states this corresponds with the symptoms I have described.
I am waiting to be seen by the GP for next course of action. I have looked up the internet as to the causes of these diagnosis and its treatment. It looks like surgery is the last resort but the best outcome. Reports state conservative management is poor, as is injection of the facet joint - the cyst will still be there causing the same pressure - and may get larger. Surgery is very drastic, but what options are there.
I would be grateful if anyone can share their experience if they have the same misfortune. And did they also give up running, I expect people who have, will not be reading runners world anymoreI do not know what has caused it - I feel genetics are part of it, as is my gender and running - although I do not think I ran excessively - who knows!
I obviously am not running now, I am going to the gym and using the rowing, bike and epilator machines and swimming. I have arranged to have a programme for weights to build up core and strength and stretching. I am feeling very low in mood - I have gained well over a stone in weight since my symptoms began 19 months ago.