Hello fellow spineys. I had a 2 level anterior cervical fusion of the c5-c6, c6-c7 in November and have a followup appointment next week. Before that appointment I got orders for a Lumber MRI due to lower back pain and sciatic pain in the right leg. Here are the MRI results. Can anyone help me to know what any of this means?
The appearances suggest the presence of a transitional vertebral level.
For the purpose of this report will consider this to represent a patency of the S1-S2 interspace.
The spinal canal dimensions appear adequate.
There is mild facet hypertrophy especially noted at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels.
The disc spaces are well-maintained in height.
There is no definite disc herniation seen at the levels of L1-L2 and L2-L3.
At L3-L4 there is a 2mm diffuse disc herniation.
At L4-L5 there is a 3mm diffuse disc herniation.
At L5-S1 there is no sizable disc herniation.
At the interspace of S1-S2 the disc is narrow but otherwise unremarkable.
1. Lumberization of S1 level assumed with patent disc space between S1 and S2.
2. 2mm Diffuse disc herniation at L3-L4.
3. 3mm diffuse disc herniation at L4-L5'
4. There is facet hypertrophy also at both of these levels noted.
This is all Greek to me so any help would be appreciated.
The pain in the arms after the neck surgery has gone but I am left with some sever headaches which I am going to mention to the Dr when I see him next week. Thanks again for any help in this as I am anxious and nervous about the prospect of back surgery.