I had my upright MRI on Wednesday and finally got a copy of the report yesterday. I have had several regular lay down type MRS'S over the last 2 years which have shown some minor disc bulging at L5-S1,L4-L5, and some foraminal narrowing, but my neuro says these shouldn't be causing all my butt/leg pain. Since most of my pain is when I am up and not when I'm laying down my PT suggested I should have an upright MRI to see what is going on in my spine while it's under a load. My neuro wouldn't write me a script for this but my PCP did.
The upright MRI report shows the following:
1. Prior left L5 partial laminectomy.
2. Dextroconvex scoliosis.
3. L2-L3 disc hydration loss with posterior disc bulging.
4. L3-L4 posterior disc bulge on the left to narrow left anteroinferior foramina.
5. L4-L5 posterior disc herniation to the left with abutment of the exiting nerve root.
6. L5-S1 diminished disc space height and disc hydration loss with posterior disc herniation and poterior osseous ridging with facet and ligamentum flavum hypertropic change and narrowing of the right with impression on the exiting root.
I haven't heard from neuro yet concerning this report but my PT did call me and said now we know what is causing my pain. If I hadn't had this upright MRI done I might not have found out what was going on in my spine while under a load. If anyone is having problems and no reason is found with a regular lay down type MRI, it might be worth it to get an upright one done. Now I just have to wait to see what my neuro will have to say. Dava