Ok I am now around 3 months post op from C6/C7 disc replacement, all has gone very well and my neck is good but I got some MRI results on my lower back today. Can anyone see what they think, I wont see my surgeon for 6 weeks to discuss the results, I think I have a good idea what it all means but any thoughts appreciated, here is what the radiologists report said!!
MRI Spine Lumbar/Sacral
Shallow Scoliosis, convexs to the right
The L5/S1 disc is desiccated and degenerate and there is broad degenerate bulging of the disc into the neural foramen bilaterally causing foraminal stenosis. This may be impinging on the exiting L5 nerve root.
Facet arthropathy is demonstrated at the lower three lumbar levels
To me that says I have a small curve in the spine with a herniated disc at L5 which is dried up and worn, which has bulged on both sides into the nerve space causing a trapped nerve, it also says I have arthritis in the 3 lower levels. Is this a correct translation or have i missed something?
Im only 35 and as you can see from above I have already just had a C6/7 disc replacement but have had lower back pain now for 8 months, very sore legs, muscle pain and cramps and at times find it hard walking any distance! just wondering what this may hold for the future? Sadly im in the UK and it can take ages to see a surgeon, luckily I got hold of my MRI report.
Any advice on their findings appreciated. Cheers