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MRI findings and chronic lower/leg pain

AnitamAAnitam Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Chronic Pain
I had an MRI done in 2008 and it stated that I have mild bulging from L-5 through S-1. T11 and T12 mild broad based annulus. Multiple Chronic Schmorl's Nodes noted. I have been falling a lot due to my right leg going numb. I have been in severe pain for a couple of years, but the pain that I have been having in the last few Months is horrible. I had a fall on 10/1/2009 and ever since then it has been hard to walk due to the numbness and tingling in my right leg. I have severe pain from the middle to the lower portion of my back. I have some swelling in my lower back right above my tailbone and I also can not urinate at times. I had another MRI on 10/7/2009 and they called my with the results today, but I am not sure I understand.

They said that I have a bone collapsed above my tailbone. Bulges starting at L-4 through S-1. Narrowing of the spine and also some fluid in my back. I am not too sure what this means. According to the Dr. this MRI and the last one that I had do not show why I am in so much pain. Does anyone know what any of this means? I am in a lot of pain and have been since 2006, I just wish I knew what was going on.

Thanks for any help that you can offer. By the way I do not have the findings with me I have to pick them up tomorrow. The information that I provided above is what the MA told me on the phone. I do appreciate all opinions that are give. Thanks again!


  • Are you consulting with a fellowship-trained spinal specialist or was it a PCP that was giving you the results of your MRI? It is important that you go to a specialist as you have some problems that need attention by an experienced spine specialist. You should be concerned particularly about the bladder problems.

    It sounds like you have damaged something, maybe when you fell, or perhaps that just jarred something that had been damaged before but had healed to some extent. It sounds like you have a spinal nerve or two that are being compressed -- this nerve compression may be caused by the bulging discs or you may have cracked the tailbone, or something....It will be interesting to see a copy of your report and to see what the doctor has to say.

    Please read through the following information. It is doubtful that you have cauda equina syndrome, but any time you have problems in the lower lumbar area, it is wise to be aware of the condition and know the symptoms:


    Please post when you get your report. Perhaps something in it will jump out.

  • Hi Anitam,

    Pain is nature's way of telling you something is wrong, so despite what the MRI/X-Rays or doctors say, in your position I'd get this checked out further and, for the time-being, limit your activities.

    The tests don't always show everything and besides which, everyone is different!

    You really need to get this checked out properly by a neurosurgeon as soon as possible.

    Bye, Val
  • Thank you so much for your post. I have not yet been seen by a spine specialist. I have been seeing a general practice Dr. for almost 2 years and he just keeps telling me that I should not be in pain. He never wants to run any kind of tests, it feels like he just blows me off most of the time. He is the only Dr. I can see at the moment due to insurance issues, but I am hoping to get Medical insurance on the 13th. I will go and pick up my MRI report tomorrow and I will post it, hopefully that will shed some light on the problem. He told me today that my MRI from 2009 did not change from the one I had in 2008, does not make sense to me. That's why I decided to post here to see if anyone had any opinions on the subject. Again thank you for taking the time to read and answer my post.

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