Here's my MRI results. No free floating material.
L1 to L2/3 no abnormality
L3/4 There is persistence of a right paracentral disc protrusion overall there is no evidence of significant stenotic disease or displacement. No foci of abnormal enhancement are identified to suggest a residual disc fragment.
L4/5 There has been a left hemilaminotomy and leftward discectomy. And no definate foci of nonehancement identified to suggest a residual disc fragment. Some mild epidural enhancement is identified consistent with fibrosis. Previously identified left lateral recess narrowing is slightly improved. NO definite evidence of significant stenotic disease or displacement identified.
Impression: Disc disease at L3/4 and L4/5 with possibility of small recurrent/residual disc still present at these levels.
It really don't go into as much detail about the DDD as before because it is unchanged and this MRI is a comparison.
So what do you think. Could all of my hip and leg problems be from referred pain due to DDD. One of my problems is the way I walk because I have had mutiple surgeries on my hips, I walk with my entire leg exterally rotated. You know that probably causes more mechanical problems with your back. I am now worried that this means there is new issues with my hip. Which that means probably hip replacement for me. I don't know. I had 2 NP's read my films. They both said there is nothing I should do surgically at this point. They both told me that the NS would probably recommend a fusion but I shouldn't do that. They also said I have a disc herniation at 5/1 which the report didn't show and they said I have quite a bit of stenosis at the left 4/5 level still which the report don't show and disc bulging with scar tissue. They also said that I have alot of facet arthritis. This is 2 different NP's reading it at 2 different times. I hate to say this but I trust them more than I do the radiologist. They sat down and looked through it and took there time.
I don't know which one is worse my stupid hip going out and needing replaced or this back pain and leg pain.
If its not really coming all from my back then whats the point of going to Duke. I go back and see my NS on monday to review the results. I guess we will see what he says. Who knows.
Today at work was a very bad day. My hip and the back of my leg was hurting so bad and we were so busy and short handed. Then I got the report of my MRI and still no answers. Now more concerns that I have maybe 2 totally different problems going on at the same time. My poor mom met me on my lunch break. I tried to be so strong but I just busted out in tears. One of my friends at work came in to just talk to me today and I busted out in tears to her too. I went and appologised to her but she told me we can't always be strong and sometime its help to just let it go. She made me feel good. She told me she respected me for even trying to work. Most people give up and don't work and here I am crying because I can't do it. I am frustrated. I just want a break. I keep thinking why does crappy things have to happen to me. 26 years old and I have spent the last 15 years of my life in and out of MRI, Bone Scans, X-rays, 6 surgeries, and mutiple night stays in the hospital. I feel like I am selfish for thinking about me all of the time. I just can't help. I want to be strong but its getting so hard to just not sit down and cry because you are tired of hurting and going through all of this stuff. I know if my MRI was unchanged I should have been happy that nothing is worse from 4 months ago but all I can think of is now that means that my hips are an issue too.
Sorry the long post. I really appreciate your responses.