I saw my PCP this morning to get the results of my MRI and CT scan before I see the neurosurgeon tomorrow. I wanted time to understand what the report says so I can be a knowledgeable participant in my own care. My PCP called the N/S twice to talk about the findings and the N/S has not called back. The PA at the N/S office called me at 8:15 AM Friday and it sounded like she was in a panic. Wanted to know if my PCP's office had my films. No I have them. I had a copy of the report sent to them. I always do. If anything new happens I want them to know what is happening with my health even if another doctor is seeing me.
Anyway. I am reading the report and trying to understand a few of the terms and see if I can find potential causes. I don't like being surprised in the dr's office. This one especially right now. BTW, I am scheduled to for a second opinion on the 15th; PCP had me call and see if I could be moved up after reading the report.
Is anyone familiar with any portion or all of this? "There is cortical irregularity to the left lamina with regional osteopenia. This could indicate post laminectomy changes. Please make a note that even though the evaluation is limited by the lack of contrast, there is suggestion of a soft tissue density. This may represent scar tissue or however the possibility of infection cannot be excluded. Cortical irregularity of teh poterior lateral L5 vertebral body is seen on the left side."
The radiologist's impression was "Post surgical findings versus diskitis and osteomyelitis especially at L4-5. Correlation with patient's symptoms and clinical followup is recommended. Intervertegral disc stabillizer appears to be in satisfactory position."
I know this is very clinical and that we're not doctors. I'm hoping that somebody can help me shed a little light on this before tomorrow morning. Thanks (Sorry this was so long.)