Hi, thanks for the question.
You have increasing back pain
and now you are having radicular symptoms. I would say YES, you should see someone about these. You have 3 children relying on you and you should get better for your sake and the sake of the children.
Once your doctor examines you and takes a history, he or she will likely want an X-ray series. Based on that and comparison to the prior films, an MRI
may be a consideration. CT is also an option with concern for fracture
. In your case, I would favor the MRI for many reasons: 1. You have a prior MR for comparison. 2. No ionizing radiation
. 3. MRI is better to evaluate for radiculopathy
. 4. If there is a fracture, MRI can help date (or age) the fracture.
See your consultant and get advice on your next best step and good luck taking care of yourself and your family.
Best wishes to better health,