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jUST GOT AN mri AND HERE IS WHAT THEY FOUND

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Chronic Pain
iI am 41 and played football for 19yrs. Must have taken a toll. What should I do know that the MRI is done? Here are results:

1.) THORACIC SPINE(LIMITED):PROMINIENT DISC HERNIATION,EXTRUSION VARIETY,CENTRAL/RIGHT PARACENTRAL DISTRIBUTION, T-9,ABUTTING AND EFFACING CORD AS DISCUSSED ABOVE. MILD CENTRAL STENOSIS.
2.) T-11-T12 LEFT PARACENTRAL/PRE-FORAMINAL PROTRUSION EFFACES LEFTWARD VENTRAL THECAL SAC AND CONTRIBUTES TO LEFTWARD FORAMINAL NARROWING. MILD FACET ARTHROPATHY.
3.) MILD SPONDYLOSIS CERVICAL SPINE
4.) LUMBAR SPINE: L1-L2: MILD DIFFUSE DISC BULGE WITHOUT FRANK NEURAL ENCROACHMENT
5.) L3-L4: MILD DIFFUSE DISC BULGE WITH SUBTLE SUPERIMPOSED CENTRAL PROTRUSION, SOMEWHAT EQUIVOCAL
6.) SLIGHT RETROLISTHESIS. DIFFUSE DISC BULGE AND SUPERIMPOSED LEFT PARACENTRAL/PRE-FORAMINAL DISC HERNIATION, PROTRUSION OR EXTRUSION VARIETY WITH EFFACEMENT OF LEFTWARD VENTRAL THECAL SAC, CONTRIBUTING TO LEFT FORAMINAL NARROWING WITH EXTENSION INTO LEFTFORAMEN AND SLIGHT CEPHALAD EXTENSION AS WELL
7.) L5-S1: MILD FACET ARTHROPATHY, MODERATE BILATERAL FORAMINAL NARROWING. DIFFUSE DISC BULGE

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  • Welcome to spine-health,have you seen a surgeon yet?
  • I am in Sherman Texas.
  • Sounds like you should pull up a chair. You may be here a while. Did you see a doctor who specializes in Sports Medicine? Because you guys are a special breed of back patient. Or patient of any kind for that matter.
  • I have not been to anyone but a FP so far. He has referred me to speak to a ortho. So, thats my next mission in life i guess.
  • Do you have any leg pain or numbness Aroulette? Are you on any pain medication? Nice to meet you and let us know you're treatment plan if you like. We're here to give support. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Well, i dont have extremely regular back pain. Every year for the past 5 yrs I step wrong or something and my back goes into severe spasms for 4-6 weeks. 2 yrs ago my back was out for 4 months. So every year I have an event that my back goes on vactation and I have alot of pain. Its mostly all on the left side. Once I get through the intial stages, it feels like most id coming from the SI joint. As far as painn meds they give me muscle relaxers and tylenol with Codein and I cant stay on codein because I cant get out of bed
  • Hello and welcome I just wanted to mention when you see the ortho you will probably have some "conservative" treatments done unless they don't feel that could solve the problem. I don't know what they'll say everyone is different so I guess you'll know when you see him/her.

    If they recommend surgery pls make sure you have an ortho with a fellowship in spine surgery and get a second opinion for sure either from an ortho w/a fellow or a neurosurgeon.
    good luck
  • Just be sure you keep track of your pains. When they come and how long they last. Orthos ask very specific questions and want to hear specific answers. Mine didn't seem to like to hear things like well... and ahhh.... They want to hear it hurts right here and then it does this or that. So just start thinking back and write it down to take with you. I'm glad your doc is referring you to someone. Your list is pretty long. But I don't know how to read an MRI so I can't say which part is more serious than the other.
  • There is a small benign hemangioma (tumor) within T1 vertebral body

    C7-T1= Disc height is normal,hydration, and morphology. No evidence of central canal or foraminal stenosis. No significant bony abonormality.

    C6-7= Desiccation, disc osteophyte complex, bilateral facet and uncovertebral hypertrophy, moderate posterior disc bulge effacing the ventral CSF contacting and deforming both anterolateral aspects of the cord. Mild extension of the disc bulge into the formina.

    C5-6= Desiccation,right uncovertebral and facet hypertrophy with right foraminal stenosis and possible right C5 impingement, Slight deformity of the right vental margin of the cord but no cord compression,mild advanced facet degenerative changes are present prodominatly on the right, ipining the exiting right C6 nerve root.

    C4-5= Desiccation, facet changes, no impingment

    C3-4= Desiccation, tiny right uncovertebral hypertrophic spur but no impingment. Facets are mildly hypertrophic.

    C2-3= Mild desiccation w/o impingment

    L5-S1= Mild facet osteoarthropathy, right greater than left, but no impingement. Disc is normal.

    L4-5,L3-4, and L2-3= Disc is normal in height, hydration, and morphology. Noevidence of stenosis, No bony abnormality.

    L1-2= Desiccation, mild disc osteophyte complex with slight effacement of the ventral CSF and the deformity of the ventral thecal sac w/o impingement.

  • IMHO, you would do better to see a neuro-surgeon, than an orthopedic surgeon. Orthos, (at least in my area) treat broken bones and sports injurys. Neuro's treat disc problems, stenosis and cord problems. Just my opinion. You have several areas that are probbly causing you quite a bit of pain, and possibly numbness, tingeling, and weakness. You definitely need to proceed to the next step of seeing a specialist. Good luck. No more footbabll for awhile! :))(

    Maggie
  • We're just sharing the same experiences we've had and only a Doctor can read an MRI and give a diagnosis. I have impingement on my lumber sacral nerve which causes pain and numbness to my leg. I'm being treated conservatively by a pain management Dr. and the injections have been helping me with the pain. I also have arthropathy or arthritis of my faceet joints and just received my first facet block injections so hopefully that will help the pain also. I hope you let us know what your Dr. says about your MRI. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Ok, I went to a Dr and the Texas Spine Clinic and he said things arent that bad. He said if I didnt have nerve pain down my leg I shouldnt be concerned. He suggested me to go to a PT and get on a good back strengthening program. Went to PT and he is getting me started. Should I be ok with that?
  • Always get a second opinion. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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