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My bf has a slipped disc & fibromyagia. He had an mri done of his neck & lower back!Give me opinions

tpatzottpatzo Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
*Here is his neck mri results*

The C2-3 , C3-4, C4-5 discs are unremarkable

At C5-6 there is a minimal broad-based disc buldge mildly affacing the cal sac without compromising the spinal cord. No foraminal is seen.

C6-7 is normal in height. There appears to be a tar left lateral disc protrusion present. This is likely compromising the left exiting nerve root. The right neural foramen is patent.

C7-T1 is unremarkable

This is what he was diagnosed with

Far left lateral disc protrusion at C6-7 compromising the exiting nerve root
Minimal disc space narrowing at C5-6 with mild broad-based disc buldge not compromising the neural structures.

This is his mri of his lumbar spine

At the L4-L5 level there is minimal central spinal stenosis & mild foraminal stenosis on the left secondary to facet hypertrophy & ligamentum flavum thickening.

At the L5-S1 level, there is mild foraminal stenosis on the right secondary facet hypertrophy

What would be the best thing for him to do?He is taking pain medication right now to. We know surgery is going to be our only option. Will it help is the problem?Will surgery make it worse?
My bf is a 30 year old guy. He can barely walk. I do not know what to do for him. I am out of options. Help. Thanks.
my bf is 30 years old. He weighs about 220. Back problems run in his family. The pain is very severe. It runs all the way down his legs. He can barely walk any more. He is about 5'11


  • I hope your BF has an appointment with a Spine Specialist soon to give you more information on how he will treat your BF. He's lucky to have you looking out for him. I wish you the best and hope he gets treament to help him deal with the pain issues. It's always best to get a second opinion also. We'll be here to support you through this. 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
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. This is a great site for information and support.

    I agree with Charry that your bf needs to find a spine specialist. None of us here are capable of interpreting an MRI, so you need a professional to do that and see what can be done.

    Just know that surgery isn't a given as there are many conservative methods out there, so don't freak out. Wait until you talk to a spine specialist that can tell you exactly what's happening and your options are.

    Please keep us updated.
    Take care,
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