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Posted in: Back pain, and Herniated disc.

Understanding MRI findings

Started by MissyM on 11/28/2012 8:06pm

what does all of this mean and what are my options?
MRI Findings:
conus medullaris positioning and signal is normal. Some straightening of the upper cervical lordosis.

l5/s1, disc morphology is unremarkable. central canal, lateral recesses and formamina are patent. mild bilateral facet arthropathy.

l4/l5, disc desiccation, flattening, diffuse disc bulging with prominent ventral disc protrusion. mild bilateral facet arthropathy is present. central canal, lateral recesses and foramina are patent.

l3/l4, disc is unremarkable. central canal, lateral recesses and foramina are patent.

l2/l3, disc is unremarkable. central canal, lateral recesses and neural foramina are patent.

l1/l2, dis morphology is unremarkable. central canal, lateral recesses and foramina are patent
IMPRESSION:
DISC DEGENERATION AT l4/l5 AS DESCRIBED WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF ANY DIRECT NEURAL IMPINGEMENT

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Honestly..it doesn't sound too bad...what kind of pain are you having..? i know it says arthritis..and it seems you have a herniated disc at L4-5...and it says no nerves a pinched...you either need a neuro surgeon or orthapedic to really tell you what you need...

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I have an appt with an orth Dr. scheduled for next week. My pain is ridiculas, my left hip and toes have a consent tingling. When I lay on my left side or cross my legs, they go numb. My legs also buckle on occassioon. My lower back pain is horrific. I can't even bend slightly without major sharp pains. It's effecting my personal and professional life. I have a back brace that I wear, it helps with relieving pressure. I've done PT however, that only hurt me.

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