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radiculopathy or discopathy?

angel1111aangel1111 Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Lower Back Pain
i had a MRI done 3 months ago and my doctor says that its not serious and just take some panadol. this is my mri results;

There is a history of possible radiculopathy or discopathy

Axial and sagittal sequences have been obtained
at L3/4 normal appearances are demonstrated.
At L4/5 there is a generalised bulging of the annalus with a broad base towards the left side compromise of the left lateral recess and exit foramen and loss of the fat signal inferiorly within the foramen. The associated nerve root appears to exit above this level but the appearances may well be of clinical significance. there are some degenerative changes of the posterior facet joints with some sclerosis and new born formation.

at L5/S1 there is again prominence of the annulus seen in relation to the origin of the left S1 nerve root and also some lipping passing laterally.
on a coronal reconstructions there is shown to be a minor scoliosis. please help me to understand this results and im always in pain when walking and standing..i live in a remote area in Australia and we have a very limited access to specialist.. thank you


  • I hope your Family Dr. can refer you to a Orthopedic or Neurosurgeon and order an EMG/nerve test for the leg that has the sciatica and pain or numbness as I had when I had a disc herniation when nerve bring impinged then the Neurologist will let you know the results.

    It really depends on your symptoms and an assessment from your Dr. if you will need surgery but they usually start with Physiotherapy to see if that helps. Keeping a pain journal on your symptoms and what makes it worse and what relieves the pain eg. ice or heat or rest will help you Dr. more. I hope you get these referrals soon from your Dr. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • What are your symptoms (pain is all it says)? We need specifics, any numbness or tingling? Any strange sensations? Sometimes the symptoms are more important than what the mri says.

  • thanks Charry, i will ask for nerve test.. my left leg is the worst i usually get tingling sensation but i guess im used to it. I also get pain at the front of my left leg when walking. i do weight exercise , and pilates and its funny that when i run on the thread mill i dont have any pain at all, but it does when im walking. My chiropractor was impressed that i can move my body without any pain at all. My physio gave me some exercise but i dont think it helps.
    My back is tolerable when i take painkiller like panadol or ibufropen but it doesnt take my pain on my legs. I've noticed that when i have my monthly period the pain on my back gets worst.
  • Hey Julie, my pain radiates from my buttock down to my left leg and its worst when im walking and standing. My back and around my hips feels like its heavy that i need to sit down. when i am lying down there is a mild burning sensation on my lower back, and i need to lie on my side. its been going on for 3 months now and i dont know what to do anymore..i thought it would go away.

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