Hello, my name is Tonya. Over the last 6 months I have learned that my back is falling apart. Heres what the xrays and non-contrast MRI's say:
1. Grade II anterolisthesis of L5 on S1 with disc space narrowing and endplate degenerative change present. No significant spinal canal stenosis at this level. Mild to Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing is present.
2. Left paracentral posterior disc protrusion/extrusion at L4-L5 with associated annular disc tear. The disc extends posteriorly approx. 6 mm and inferiorly approx. 2-3 mm. There is narrowing of the left lateral recess without obvious nerve root impingement.(those are under impression, on first MRI 7/14/08).
It also says that I have modic signal changes and vacuum gas phenomenon. Hemangioma on L1. There is also mild facet hypertrophy.
Bilateral sponylolysis at the L5 level with grade II spondylolisthesis at the lumbosacral level. Advanced degenerative disc disease at the lumbosacral level.
Old mild compression fractures throughout the mid and lower thoracic spine with associated mild to moderate degenerative changes and sigmoid scoleosis. Cervical kyphosis which could be developmental or the result of muscle spasm.
MRI C-spine T-spine 10/13/08
c4-c5 right posterolateral disc bulge/protrusion. Multiple varying bilateral levels of neural foramina narrowing. Mild disc bulges at the T4-T5, T6-T7, & T8-9 levels. Tound foci of signal alteration are noted involving the T4 and L1 vertebral bodies. These foci demonstrate increased signal on both long and TR sequences and are suggestive of hemangiomas. Small eccentric to the right disc bulge at the T4-T5 level.Central annular disc bulge at the T6-7 level with mild thecal sac effacemnent Eccentric to the right disc bulge at the T8-9 level. Mild encroachment on the right exiting nerve root at this level. Mild thecal sac effacement.
I have bowel and bladder problems. Walk with a can. If I get up too fast from laying down I have an instant spinal headache. On pain meds continuously. The ortho doc I saw told me I had no restrictions other than pain tolerance and that he could fuse 2 levels of my lumbar spine and left it at that. I see a neurosurgeon on Oct. 23rd. I just don't know what some of this means. I am a mother of two and I am so concerned about being in a wheel chair or worse. I know they won't be able to fix everything. I am also wondering if anyone who has similar of even less symptoms has been eligible for disability and how much of a struggle it is.
ANY IMPUT WOULD BE A BLESSING! I am sorry this is so long but if I want input I have to set it all out. Have also wondered about Cauda Equina Syndrome as I have so many of the symptoms. Thank you so very much.