MRI Help from all you who have been down this road...
Hi! Am new to posting but have been lurking for about a month. I have had lower back pain for about 2 years that is made much worse by standing or walking, I also have pain in my left butt cheek. I am a classroom teacher and standing and walking are pretty much all I do, so I checked in with a local ortho who recommended the MRI. After, the MRI, I went to his office and he pulled up the images on the computer. He literally looked over it for a one minute "onceover" and told me I had spondylolisthesis and a bum disc and referred me to a neurosurgeon. Well, I am STILL waiting for the neurosurgeon appointment so I went and picked up my actual MRI Imaging Report from the radiologist to research while I wait.
Is this as bad as I think it is? What do you think? I'm overwhelmed with where to focus my research...so am hoping you experienced folks can point me in the right direction.
Of course, what I REALLY want to hear is that this is just a bunch of stuff that ANYONE can have on their MRI...
SO, here goes:
Findings: The lumbar vertebral body heights appear to be maintained without evidence for acute fracture. There is grade 1 anterior listhesis of L5 on S1. A subcentimeter focus of increased T1 and T2 signal within the T12 vertebral bodies may represent focal fat or perhaps a hemangioma. Moderate intervertebral disc space narrowing is noted at L5\S1. Degenerative endplate changes are also seen involving L5 and S1. Anterior endplate spondylosis is demonstrated at L3 and L4.
L1\L2: No significant central canal or neuroforaminal stenosis is identified.
L2/L3: No significant central canal or neuroforaminal stenosis is identified.
L3/L4: No significant central canal is appreciated. There are mild degenerative facet changes with mild bilateral neurooraminal stenosis.
L4/L5: Broad-based posterior disc bulge with bilateral facet arthopathy resulting in mild central canal and mild bilateral neuroforaminal stenosis.
L5/S1: Broad-based posterior disc bulge with bilateral facet arthopathy resulting in mild moderate central canal and moderate bilateral neuroforaminal stenosis.