I picked up the report the other day from my latest MRI. This report is pretty different from the one I had 3 years ago. I don't completely know what it all means (im seeing a doctor sometime next week) so...I was wondering if any of you had similar problems etc and how you are dealing with/treating them? I know about disc bulging and herniated discs but Im not so familiar with the neural foraminal encroachment stuff?
L1- L4 - There is minimal disc bulging. The disc demonstrates normal hydration. Neural foramen are intact.
L5-S1 - There is dehydration of the disc and narrowing of the disc space. Discogenic changes are seen in the adjacent vertebral body endplates. There is prominent disc bulging which results in mild inferior neural foramina encroachment on the left. There is a small subligamentous disc protrusion in the right lateral recess which results in prominent inferior neural foraminal encroachment. This encroaches upon the exiting nerve root at this level.
1. There is a small subligamentous disc protrusion in the right lateral recess at L5-S1 which encroaches upon the exiting nerve root at this level.
2. Minimal disc bulging is present at other levels.
I find myself a little concerned about the minimal disc bulging at other levels because at my MRI 3 years ago they were all fine. My L5-S1 issues started as the same. Im only 22 so....Im a little scared to think whats yet to happen. So if anyone has any adivce or experiences that you would like to share, I would really appreciate it.
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