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Back and Neck Pain

ltstamplltstamp Posts: 39
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I need a little help reading my radiology report. I had a car accident almost 2 years ago and since then my doctor had done a nucleoplasty on my neck and I had temporary relief.
I was constantly telling them I had lower back pain but since my neck was worse they only wanted to work on one thing at a time.
They finally did a lumbar MRI and it showed:
L4-5: There are small bilateral broad-based neural foraminal disc herniations. No substantial ventral epidural mass effect. Intervertebral disc shows preserved height and signal.
L5-S1: T3mm broad-based contained central disc herniation in close proximity to right S1 nerve root.
The x-ray also showed mild osteoarthritic changes.
I really don't have pain in my back but I have horrible leg pain, cramping and weakness.
I have just finished PT and shots. They are saying my next option is surgery. Does it seem that my MRI results are too minor for me to consider surgery?


  • I just got my report from my cervical discogram:
    C3-4 there is a Grade III full thickness radial tear of the annulus along the right lateral aspect of the disc.
    C4-5 there is a Grade II partial tear of the inner margin of the annulus
    C5-6 there is broad full thickness Grade IV tear of the posterior central annulus with associated subligamentous disc herniation
    Destroscoliosis of the cervical spine (before they always put whiplash)

    When I read that some of you have been going through pain for 10 years or more I feel foolish asking when it has just been almost 2 years. I am lucky that I can still work but walking is becoming difficult at times.

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