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Lower back problems

Started by Denice on 03/25/2018 7:41am

I had a MRI done about a month ago and here are the findings. I would like to find out exactly what they mean. First of all I had a MRI done back in 2013 and the findings were a 2cm tarlov cyst produces scalloping of the posterior S2 body. L4 - L5 minimal facet arthropathy and thickening of ligament flavor. A small left preforaminal protrusion produces borderline left lateral recess stenosis. L2 - L3, L3 -L4 and L5 - S1, Minimal facet arthropathy. The MRI report that I had about a month ago states a 2.6 x 2.9 Tornwaldt cyst in the right aspect of the sacral canal at the level of S2 remodeling bone and marginally entering the right S2 - S3 neural foramen. L1 - L2, L2 - L3 and L3-L4 posterior annular fissure. L3 -L4 ,L4 - L5 and L5 - S1 mild bilateral facet arthrosis. L4 -L5 small disc bulge. Large tornwaldt cyst in the right aspect of the sacral canal at the level of S2 marginally enters the right S2 - S3 nerural foramen

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Hi, Denice--thanks for your post! The best way to get all the context from your MRI results is to talk to your treating doctor. Your MRI results alone don't tell the full story: Your doctor has access to your medical history and other exams (like a physical and/or neurological exam) that--along with your MRI results--can help paint a complete picture of what's going on.

Your doctor should take the time to discuss your MRI results with you, but you can always bring your medical records to a different spine specialist for a second opinion if your treating physician isn't being responsive: ( Second Opinions: Five Things About This Patient Right ).

We hope this information helps and wish you the very best!