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Got CT scan results, what does this mean?

I have severe sciatic pain on my left side. Unfortunately I can't get into my doctor until October 13. The CT impression says

"Mild left neural foraminal narrowing at L5-S1 due to small endplate osteophyte and disk material."

Does anyone know if this could be the cause of my severe sciatic pain? And, if this is a bone spur (based on google) what can be done, if anything, to make this pain go away?

Thank you.


  • Hello chickenofthesea (your name makes me want a tuna sandwich :) )

    We really can't give you an interpretation of your CT results. That is against forum rules. It sounds like you have done some google research, so hopefully you can find some peace with this until your appointment. October 13th is a very long time. Could have the nurse ask the doctor to look at the films and then she can call you back with his recommendations of what to do from now until your appointment?

    What are you doing now for pain? Has your doctor talked to you about strengthening exercises, learning the correct way to lift/bend, using correct posture, etc. Ice and heat are always good to try.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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