I had been experiencing some numbness in my left foot, buttock, and part of the leg (welcome to siatica..lol) I had a CT scan (2005) done which showed L3/4 unremarkable, L4/5 focal disc protrusion without causing spinal or neural foraminal stenosis, L5/S1 unremarkable. So this was good. Did a lot of IMS treatments which helped. Over the next couple of years the pain gradually became more prominent, and numbness spread to across the buttocks, groin, both legs and feet. Had an MRI done (2009) and the results i'll post below. I know that the results are mild compared to most of the members here, but what concerns me is the difference between the two tests without additional injury. What is causing the degeneration? Will it continue to worsen? What are some options I should be looking into?
Any answers are welcomed, thanks for your time in advance
I guess I should mention I am a 27 year old Female in otherwise good health.
L3/4: Early lateral recess stenosis is suspected on the left by posterior facetal spur formation.
L4/5: Disc Height and signal is reduced with diffuse disc bulge and small area of central annular tear. Exit foraminal caliber on the left is mildly reduced by posterior facetal spur formation. Early lateral recess stenosis on each side is suspected.
L5/S1: Disc height and signal is normal. There is a mild diffuse disc bulge. No foraminal stenosis nor significant lateral recess stenosis.