I saw Dr. Dave yesterday, and this is the result.
first of all the MRI:
Mild concertric disk bulging at L4-5 with bilateral facet joint hypertrophy, ligamentum flavum thickening, and grade 1 anterolisthesis resulting in mild to moderate central canal stenosis and mild narrowing of the neural foramina bilaterally AND mild multilevel degenerative disk disease without central canal or neural foraminal stenosis at any other level.
Advanced degenerative changes of the right hip with severe joint space narrowing and bone on bone appearance at the superior aspect of the right hip joint space AND severely irregular contour of the femoral head and superior aspect of the acetabulum with subchondral collapse and adjacent sclerosis, and this may be due to advanced DJD, AVN, or both.
I have an appointment with Dr. Sanjoy Sundaresan who comes here from Wichita Falls. He is a neurosurgeon who will address the back problem with shots IF I decide to do it. If anyone knows anything about this doctor, please let me know. As I have told some of you, the whole thing is frightening to me...I am a medical coward! At the present, the shots sound like the route I take IF I can determine that I have confidence in the new doctor. Dr. Dave likes him, so I suppose that will do, but I am going to consult Dr. Singh before I make any sort of decision.
Thanks to all of you for your kind thoughts and prayers.