New to the site! Need help with MRI terminology
Hello, I have had lower back pain for over a year now and just trying to weigh out my options as I can't seem to be without my pain medication. I have had 4 different nurse practitioners change out through the course of the time I have been in pain. I can't belive how difficult it is to try and explain my situation and feeling like a criminal just trying to get help! So I finally got a MRI aproval and need help with what it says. I saw a nerosergon and he packed up and left also. So here goes....
L4-L5 : left side paramedian disc protrusion is present. Centeral canal dimensions remain adequate. The left neural foramen is moderately attenuated. Right neural foramen appears unremarkable.
L5-S1: Circumferential disc protrusion present. Central canal dimensions remain adequate. The left and right neural foramina demonstrate mild attenuation.
Impression: Spondylitic changes are present at the L4-5 and L5-S1 levels. This is unaccompanied by central canal stenosis.
I'm having pain in the right side lower back that shoots down my leg, to my knee then ankle and then foot. It's rare but there are cases of lumbar disk herniation with contralateral symptoms.