I'm new here and this forum looks like a good place to exchange information about back issues.
On November 1, 2007, I had an x-ray done on my lower back and the radiologist report stated I had "mild degenerative selerosis involving the posterior elemnts at L4-5, and L5-S1".
Story short, little by little over time the pain has increased. Last Tuesday (July 21, 2009), I had an MRI of the lumbar spine done without, and with contrast. This test (MRI) was preformed by a different radiologist. This reports says "L5-S1 Mild narrowing with broad posterior bulging slightly greater on the left without neural impingement".
IMPRESSION: "Mild bulging annulus L5-S1".
Question(s) - The raiologist that provided the MRI result makes no mention of any issue of L4. Is this because the MRI didn't show any thing abnormal regarding L4?
There is no mention of degenerative disc disease in the MRI report. Is this because the MRI may not show this?
Is "mild bulging annulus L5-S1" something that I developed since the x-ray was take in November 2007?
Anyone reading this post know anything about SI joint pain? In addition to the above, I've developed a LOT of pain in my left SI joint. My doc ordered two MRI's,....(spine and SI joints/pelvis). The MRI's were done on two different appointments. As such, I received the results to the first MRI (spine) last Friday, and should receive the results to the SI joints/pelvis MRI this coming Wednesday. I have more pain coming from my left SI joint than I do with my spine which is NOT good. Having pain in just one of these aress is bad enough, but having two areas of pain will really affect your quality of life.
Thanks in advance for your comments/recommendations.