Confusimg Lower Back MRI results
I've been having problems for years and it just got so bad that I had see a specialist when I couldn't sit or stand on both legs. My local hick doctor misdiagnosed me and said I had a hernia and told me to see a surgon, thus the specialist. The MRI report seems very confusing to me and I dont know if all these conditions are problerms or just normal wear and tear. I had thought the radiologist was just nit picking on every little thing on the 2 page report but my specialist says there are a lot of problems. Before I had the MRI, he did 2 steroid injections which worked great for a few weeks and then the pain started coming back, but nowhere near the original level and the leg pain or numbess hasn't returned. I'm now on pain pills 3-4 times a day and they really helpy, but want to avoid using meds long term unless absolutely necessary. The specialist says there is a lot wrong, a long list, and wants to "see what happens over the next few weeks".
I've done a lot of research on the radiologiost's findings and it seems like most conditions I have are degenerative and caused by abuse over the years. I'm only 53 and a little guy (5'-7") and the kind of person that would never ask for help moving that fridge or furnature around. Is everyone over-reacting to my conditions or are they serious?.
Here's a brief description. I know what most of this stuff means now after doing some research
L1-L2. small,left paracentral/left protrosion combined with facet/ligmentum flavum hytertrophy
mild foraminal narrowing on the left and mild lateral recess narrowing on the left with at least crowding of the cauda equna in the ventral left aspect of the thecal sac.
L2-l3 mild foraminal narrowing due to eccentric disc bulge, mild facet hypertropy. small distal right foraminal protrosion/extraforaminal protrusion causing mild foraminal narrowing on the right
L3-L4 mild bilateral foraminal narrowing due to broad based disc bulge with mild hypertropy
L4-L5 mild foraminal narrowing on the right with moderate foraminal narrowing on the left. mild bilateral latera; recess narrowing due to eccentric disc bulge, endplate osteophyte and facet/ligamentum flavum hypertropy
L5-S1 mild bilateral foraminal narrowing on the left due to eccentric disc bulge and mild facet hypertropy
The list of "IMPRESSIONS" from the radiologist is equally long. words like "Multilevel degerative spondylosis"
Is this just normal wear and tear. everything says mild and nothing marked as "severe", but there sure seems to be a bunch of "stuff" here...that's why I'm thinking the radiologist is maybe exagerrating and never finds a normal back condition.....or should I say "grossly unremarkable"