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MRI results

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Spinal Stenosis
i've had chronic lower back pain for 14 years, i'm 34 yrs now and just got an MRI done a couple weeks ago. hoping someone will be able to translate my MRI results for me. i don't understand all the medical terms.
it reads; at the L5-S1 level, there is marked degenerative disc space narrowing with circumferential bulge. there is a mild superimposed posterior central disc protrusion which effects the anterior thecal sac. this abuts the left S1 nerve root within the lateral recess which is causing nerve root irritation. there is moderate neuroformainal narrowing at the L5-S1 level with loss of the normal fat signal around the nerve roots within the neuroforamina. Marked degenerative disc disease at the L5-S1 level with bilateral neuroforaminal stenosis.
not sure what all this means, but it doesn't sound pleasant


  • I had a similar L5-S1 herniated disc with disc material in contact with the nerve. Do you have leg and foot pain also?Only your Doctor can really give results but I found a lot of info here in the blue box top of the page and on www.chirogeek.com Take care and keep us posted on your Neurosurgeon or Orthosurgeon appt. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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