This is my first time posting here but I am looking for some assistance. I have had a bad back for a long time. I am 39 yr old female with a long history of health problems. At age 28 I had a cervical fusion at C-5/c-6 and also was diagnosed with scoliosis and cervical cancer. I know it isnt related but thought that giving my history may help with questions I have. I also have an atrial septal aneurysm which should have nothing to do with anything on here. Anyway since the fusion I have had two MRI's. One was about 2 years ago which showed two herniated discs at t-11/12 and l-5/s-1. Well I am the type of person that does not visit the doctor unless I am dying. I finally went back to the doctor because the pain I was having was bringing me to my knees. I had a bone density done which showed that I have bone loss in my back, according to the doctor, osteopenia. Pain that hurt when I took a step, pain in my lower abdomen and on the iliac crest area. Not sciatica pain but different. Now please take into consideration that over the past few years before this recent exacerbation I have been having problems with walking/balance. When I would get up from lying I would have to hold on to the walls. Not too bad of pain, just balance wise. I also have a hard time urinating in the morning. It takes forever and it will even stop. Below I will post my most recent MRI results in hopes of helping me answer some questions. I am usure if the issues may be causing the urination problems and the balance problems. It for sure could relate to my hysterectomy. I guess scoliosis could too. Could someone please give me some layman terms please.
Findings: Loss of height desiccation and focal abnormality at t-11-12. Remainder of the discs show normal height and hydration. Vertebre show normal height, signal and alignment. No compressions or spondylolithesis is seen. Cauda equna, nonus medullaris and filum terminale are normal. Prevertebral and paraspinal soft tissues are satisfactory.
At the level of the disk spaces we note the follow:
T-11-T-12 Besides asymmetric bulge towards the left there is a small focal protrusion towards the left with mild encroachment of the intervertebral foramina. No nerve root compression is seen. No central stenosis.
L1-L2 : Minimal facet artropathy
L2-L3: Facet artropathy with free fluid in the facets
L-3-L4: Facet artropathy. No bulge or focal herniations are seen.
L4-l5: Minimal bulge facet artropathy and mild lateral recess norrowing. Severe hypertrophic changes in the ligamentum flava with free fluid in the facets.
L5-S1: Asymmetric bulge towards towards the left with mild narrowing of intervertebral foramina on the left side
Small protrusion towards the left at T11-12. Asymmetric bulge towards the left at l5-S1 with mild narroing of the intervertebral foramina
Severe facet artropathy toward the lumbar spine.