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Started with muscle spasms 2 weeks ago..

bluemax01bbluemax01 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:53 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello

I have another long wait for the proper doctor... here's some notes.. What does it mean?

Well, I went to the Ortho and he requested an MRI. Waited a week for that. Got an appointment for the results. He read a few lines, and then told me it was out of his realm. He does knees, hips, etc. So I now have an appt for a different ortho that specializes in spine issues, and also now know that there is some doctors that do this. Here is some of the MRI notes...
1. There is a 4 to 5 mm lateral disc protrusion/ herniation at the L4/5 level/ There is a sevgere compromise of the right lateral recess,compression of the the right L5 root. There is evidence for a posterior annular tear with high instensity zone at this level.
2. There is loss of disc signal with a 1 to 2 mm disc bulge, mild ligatmentous thickening, moderate facet hyperroophic changes at L3/4 and L5/S1.
There is 2 more sections of Latin, but would does this all mean...

Thanks
BlueMax01
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  • BlueMax, hi saw your post this eve, welcome to Spine Health.

    Understand you are at the beginning of getting assessment for your lumbar spine and have a pending appointment with an ortho who is specialized with the spine. Also already having those MRI results and waiting for a doctor to explain and interpret is very important for sure - - I remember my first MRI with neurologist and being referred to an orthopedic sur geon and anxious to know what it all meant !

    We fellow Spineys are not able to advise or interpret your MRI diagnostic report, but please know there is much good support in not doing the walk alone in any phase of needing spine care and treatment and in dealing with stress, coping and the pain and disability that occurs with spine injuries and/or spine disorders and disease.

    This is not in no way a diagnosis, but I would offer I can share I also have lumbar spine degeneration for years, which thankfully has not progressed as aggressively as my cervical spine. And I also have disc degen & bulging going from mild to advanced on L-4/5. And thus far deal with flare-ups, stiffness and pain that has been resolved for now with epidural injections and rhizotomaties for the facet nerve joint areas.

    I would imagine you are dealing with pain with the disc bulging + herniation. What have you been experiencing and for how long?

    Have you tried any treatment remedies, electrical stim, physical therapy, aqua therapy? I got some relief for 5 yrs prior to it progressing to more advanced DDD (degen disc disease) and severe bulging.

    Hope you find the ortho spine specialist thorough and can offer you some appropriate treatment that can help. In the meantime, please get acquainted with us Spineys, who care and can understand the path of spine problems and not only seeking relief but support for the challenges that occur and can affect our life.

    Be good to hear how things unfold for you BlueMax, welcome again!

    Janelle
  • Hi Joydancer

    Thanks for the great follow up. The pain comes and goes, but thankfully no more spasms.. YET? I went to an allergist today to get the OK for any steroid treatments. My blood pressures goes up from steroids. as high as 210/170 after a 7 day pack. Since my current bp was 120/80 he said I am good to go, so I can get the steroid shots if needed. and they are ready with drugs to lower my bp if it takes off. I have the ortho Spine specialist appt tomorrow morning. Needless to say, I am anxious to get this fixed somehow.
    Honestly, the MRI report was scary. Lotza Latin and terms like, intruding, invading, anterior tears, and other unhappy words.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing and I will be on the forum often.
  • Good luck and I'll be reading your future trials and tribulations.
  • Hi BlueMax01. Getting with an ortho or neuro that specializes in the spine is a must; equal to your need to educate yourself and this is a great forum for that. May I ask if you're having associated pain? I've found a few common denominators among spine physicians and the great people on these forums and in the chat room; The belief that you treat the patient and not the MRI is as widely held as it is true and that surgery really needs to be a last resort. I'm a success story with a 4-level fusion in my lumbar area but I spent the last 30+ years avoiding surger until a horse accident made surgery the only answer. Nerves were involved and that's one of the times when surgery isn't just an option, it's the only answer. But two of my doctors, a physiatrist and an orthopaedic surgeon, both here in LA, have protruding disks in their own lower backs and because there's only sporadic high-level pain and no numbness or tingling sensation, they opted to continue on the non-invasive road. There are alot of non-surgical roads to consider before the surgery route.
  • Hi BlueMax01. Getting with an ortho or neuro that specializes in the spine is a must; equal to your need to educate yourself and this is a great forum for that. May I ask if you're having associated pain? I've found a few common denominators among spine physicians and the great people on these forums and in the chat room; The belief that you treat the patient and not the MRI is as widely held as it is true and that surgery really needs to be a last resort. I'm a success story with a 4-level fusion in my lumbar area but I spent the last 30+ years avoiding surgery until a horse accident made surgery the only answer. Nerves were involved and that's one of the times when surgery isn't just an option, it's the only answer. But two of my doctors, a physiatrist and an orthopaedic surgeon, both here in LA, have protruding disks in their own lower backs and because there's only sporadic high-level pain and no numbness or tingling sensation, they opted to continue on the non-invasive road. There are alot of non-surgical roads to consider before the surgery route.
  • Oops; sorry for the accidental double post.
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