Background in a nutshell. I'm in my mid 30's I've had 6 lumbar surgeries involving L3-4 to L5-S1. My most recent surgery was in Oct they removed a large sized free floating disc fragment. I was doing better until Jan. then symtoms started to return and are getting worse. After a new MRI in March Dr wanted to try Steroid injections, after much thought I have decided against it(prior failed injections). I am considering having a L4-5 fusion. Looking at my MRI results I am wondering if the other discs around the L4-5 could be causing problems also. I am seeing my Dr next week but I wanted to get some "other opinions" on this before I bring it up. MRI shows L3-4 moderate degree of disc space narrowing. L4-5 broad based posterior bulge w/ disc space narrowing, epidural contrast enhancement seen anterior to the thecal sac as well as along the lateral to right postlateral aspect of the sac. Also seen is enhancement within the right lateral to foraminal aspect of the disc. Mild to moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing as well as mild spinal canal narrowing. L5-S1 Bilobed posterior disc bulge is seen resulting in mild to moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing. Multilevel DDD is seen. The Drs. have been avoiding spinal fusion due to my age. I have to say that I have had a lot of surgeries but they have been very successful. I am normally free of pain meds and I'm able to live a fairly normal life. Current symtoms: difficultly walking both legs feel like jello, severe pain in both legs, toes feel like they are going to sleep, severe burning at times in feet, occsional shooting pain in feet. Some lower back pain but my legs are the biggest problem. Sorry this got so long!!
Sat, 05/22/2010 - 3:18pm#1
Disc space narrowing