Can Anyone Decipher This For Me?
Hello. My name is Faith and I'm a 35 year old wife and mother of three young children. I began having severe lower back and leg pain in February of 2009. It is now two years later and I'm still in pain. I have tried physical therapy, chiropractic care, epidural injections, arthritis medications, muscle relaxers, and I own a tens unit. Over the course of these two years, I have yet to have a doctor sit down and explain exactly what is wrong and what the MRI's mean. I am due to see an orthopedic surgeon this Friday. Can someone please help me to decipher what this MRI means?
L3-L4 There is minimal disc bulge. The spinal canal and foramina are patent.
L4-L5 There is disc dehydration and minimal disc space narrowing. There is posterior protrusion centrally and towards the left with flattening of the anterior thecal sac centrally and towards the left. There is slight interior extension of the protrusion. There is increased signal along the posterior protruding disc margin which could reflect a small annular tear. There is slight effacement of the proximal left L5 nerve root. The foramina are patent bilaterally. The spinal canal is sufficiently patent.
L5-S1 There is disc dehydration. There is posterior lateral disc bulge with mild central protrusion. There is slight asymmetry of the disc bulge towards the left posterolaterally. There is some mild to moderate inferior foraminal stenosis on the left.