Hello. I am new to this board and find it very knowledgeable. Wondering if any one can help me with this MRI diagnosis in non doctor terms. I hurt my back lifting something and I've had chronic pain for the past 3 weeks shooting down the left side of my buttocks and leg. They said there was no disc herniation but slight bulging. Does anyone know how long I'll feel like this? Here i my MRI results.
FINDINGS- Evaluation is slightly limited secondary to motion artifact. For numbering purposes it will be assumed that there are five lumbar vertebrae. The conus terminates at the T12-L1 level and is incompletely imaged. There is no fracture of bone marrow edema. There is a decrease in the AP diameter of the spinal canal suggestive of congenital central spinal stenosis. Multilevel Schmorl's nodes are identified. There is desiccation of the L5-S1 disc.
L1-L2 - There is mild disc bulging causing mild impression on the anterior thecal sac. The neural foramina are patent.
L2-L3 - There is no disc herniation. The neural foramina are patent.
L3-L4 - There is no disc herniation. The neural foramina are patent.
L4-L5 - There is mild diffuse disc bulging with suggestion of a small superimposed central disc protrusion which causes minimal impression on the anterior thecal sac. There is minimal bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
L5-S1 - There is mild diffuse disc bulging with suggestion of a small superimposed central disc protrusion which causes minimal impression on the anterior thecal sac. There is facet anthrosis bilaterally. There is severe left and moderately severe right neural foraminal narrowing.
CONCLUSION - Degenerative disc disease at L5-S1. Congenitally narrow spinal canal. Small central disc protrusions at L4-L5 and L5-S1.