6 years ago i had surgery for a herniated disc at the L5-S1.
About a year previous to it, is when i started to have back problems, and during that year, the unbearable pain was from the lower back down to the back of the knee.
I had surgery as it seemed the only viable option as there was no sign of the problem easing.
So at present i am starting to feel repeat symptoms for about 5 weeks now. Though the pinch is only down to my left buttock and the pains is not all that bad. I had another MRI scan and am waiting to see my orthopedic surgeon in a few weeks.
There is normal vertebral body height, alignment and marrow signal. Disc desiccation L1/2. L5/S1. Conus lies at T12 and is of normal size and signal.
L1/2: Central disc extrusion present without evidence of canal stenosis or foraminal stenosis.
L2/3, L3/4: No evidence of disc herniation, canal stenosis or foraminal stenosis
L4/5: Mild broad based disc bulge, larger to the left of midline where it compresses the traversing left L5 nerve root in a subarticular/lateral recess. Central canal is moderately narrowed. Foramina are adequate.
L5/S1: Previous left hemilaminotomy. Mild broad based disc bulge. larger to the left of midline which together with posterior endplate osteophytes compresses the traversing left S1 nerve root in the subarticular/lateral recess. Central canal is mildly narrowed. Both formina are adequate.
The post contrast scans demonstrate no evidence of discitis, arachnoiditis or osteomyelitis and no significant scar tissue identified.
Would anybody know if this is this something i should be greatly worried about?