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Got my MRI/Film

misterkatamarimmisterkatamari Posts: 51
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I went up to the hospital today and got my MRI report and film to take with me to the Orthopedic surgeon on Wednesday. I plan to ask the doctor a lot of things, such as the relationship between my other back problems and my herniated disc. This is what the report actually says:

Comparison: MRI of the lumbar spine from 11/8/2007 demonstrating scoliosis, degenerative facet disease at L5 and S1 levels and L4-5 Levels. Remaining spine normal.

Impression: Since previous exam of 2007 posterior left herniation at L1-2 disc with narrowing of left foramen and impingement of left L1 root.

So, I don't know what all that means...which is why I'm going to a doctor obviously. I'm not even sure what degenerative facet disease is. My regular doctor said I had degenerative disc disease, is that the same thing, or is facet different from disc?

Hopefully I find out on Wednesday, and I really hope they look at any and all causes of pain and dysfunction so I have a better idea of how this all ties in.



  • Hey there...smart to go to the specialist.
    The General Practioner is a fantastic Advocate to have but like you notice, they can give you a general idea of what's going on and how to approach treatment decisions but the OrthoSpine Speciliast (or NS) is the one that will really explain the difference.

    Very good to jot down your questions.
    Don't hesitate to ask the doctor to repeat or further explain answers.

    DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease) is pretty common. The disc starts to wear out and I think lose hydration so it appears darker on the MRI from what I remember. The facets I think are different but I'm no doctor.

    They'll likely ask you for your symptoms. Then they'll do some tests (reflexes, strength, etc.) and then probably help you understand the MRI.

    Good luck! MRI's are fascinating...of course much more so when it isn't your own back. I still have my 3 MRI's and occassionally go back to look at them. I can't imagine life before them...they really help show so much.
  • Check out the anatomy of the spine. The disc and the facet are not the same at all. Facet is bone and disc is disc stuff. Make sure you understand all the parts before the doctor starts rattling off terms to you.

    As far as degenerative...means your getting old and wearing out!! lmao join the club
  • Kris-NY said:

    Facet is bone and disc is disc stuff.

    Make sure you understand all the parts before the doctor starts rattling off terms to you.

    Discs have disc stuff? This is a technical term right? I Googled it and couldn't find it... LOL

    After your doctor explains what disc stuff is come back and explain it to Kris.... ;-)

    I'm kidding btw.
  • Kris-NY said:
    Facet is bone and disc is disc stuff. Make sure you understand all the parts before the doctor starts rattling off terms to you.

    a much needed laugh, sorry kris, but it does read funny
    flower :))(
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