I picked up my MRI report today and although I won't be talking with my surgeon until next Wednesday, it's not hard to see that I've got some issues.
Here are the cliff notes (some of these I've obviously paraphrased):
Findings: Endplate changes associated with degenerative disc disease are predominantly seen at L1-L2. Multilevel degenerative disc disease changes are most pronounced at L1-L2 as well where the changes are advance in nature.
L1-L2: Asymmetric disc osteophyte complex more prounounced to the right of midline. No compromises seen.
L2-L3: Minimal disc bulge with mild degenerative changes of the facets bilaterally. No compromises seen.
L3-L4: Mild disc bulge and mild to moderate degenerative changes involving the facets bilaterally. No compromises seen.
L4-5: Diffuse disc bulge and moderate degenerative changes involving the facets bilaterally with associated ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. Moderate to severe spinal canal and bilateral lateral recess stenosis at this level. Impingement of any of the traversing lumbosacral nerve roots is possible. There is mild narrowing of the neural foramina bilaterally without definable nerve impingement.
L5-S1: Unremarkable appearance of the posterior disc margin with mild degenerative changes involving the facets bilaterally. No significant compromises seen.
Impression: Multilevel degenerative disc disease and facet osteoarthropathy changes of the lumbar spine as described in detail above. Moderate to severe spinal canal and bilateral lateral recess stenosis at L4-L5 could impinge any of the traversing lumbosacral nerve roots at this level.
Obviously, I'm not liking these findings very much, but I know I need to wait and see what my surgeon says. I was really hoping that the word "severe" wouldn't appear in this report.
Just thought I'd post my pre-consult results.