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