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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi,I've known about my spondylolisthesis since I was in the first grade. My first grade teacher and I wore the same back brace! (She was 70!) I studied Shotokan karate from then until I was 19. Back pain is not new to me, but I always managed to keep a strong core and managed to keep any pain associated at a very low to moderate level.

I was playing golf 10 days ago. After a huge slice from the #8 tee box, I felt a much more intense pain in the lumbar region than I ever have. I am 35 now, and just received results of my very first MRI.

Radiologist impression:
L3-4 - Mild facet disease
L4-5 - 3mm central protrusion w/annular tear and moderate facet disease. Mild neuroforaminal narrowing
L5-S1 - 3mm broad disc bulge w/central and right paracentral annular tear. Moderate facet arthropathy and moderate bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing.

I just got the results today and am very scared because of the pain that I'm in. I haven't scheduled an appointment w/an ortho or neuro yet, but will Monday morning. I've learned alot tonight while doing research and look forward to spending time on this site to learn more about treating this.



  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to o ffer you suppport and answer what questions we can. getting your doctor to read your MRI is the best idea yet!! =D> i am sorry you are having pain.. try and relax and don't jump ahead of yourself. :D good luck and i know you will feel better soon. a diagnosis is the first step on the road to recovery.. :D stop by anytime! Jenny :)
  • Hi I hope you can get a referral soon because the wait time may be awhile and you want to see what the Ortho or Neuro says for the treatment and whether they can refer you to PT or Pain Management Dr. or other treatment. 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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