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Help In simple terms Please

Started by Lisa D on 01/13/2016 7:05pm

MR LUMBAR SPINE WITHOUT CONTRAST
Comparisons:Plain films
Indications:Back pain,pars defect
Technique:Axial and sagittal MR images of the lumbar spine with out contrast.
Discussion:
L1-2:minor anterior spondy/lotic spur change, otherwise negative.
L2-3 Minor spondy/dylotic spur change, otherwise negative.
L3-4 Mild disc bulging asymmetric towards the left with no central or forminal encroachment.
L4-5 Mild disk bulging asymmetric towards the far left and mild facet degenerative change. Mild bilatral foraminal encroachments.
L5-S1: Mild disc bulging with posterior central exaggeration and minor facet degenerative change, no central or foraminal encroachment.

Please help me in laymen's terms
Thank you

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Hi Lisa,
Hope things are well with you. Laymen's terms is you have mildly bulging discs that are probably causing you some pain symptoms, but not really bad enough for surgery. Docs usually wont suggest that unless discs bulges are touching your spinal cord. However, if you are having pain,docs might suggest nerve blocks to see if they can reduce the inflammation. My MRI is almost identical to yours, from L3 down..

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