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MRI scan - what does it mean

cazzanneccazzanne Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Spinal Stenosis
My husband has always know about his back problem and at last we managed to get another MRI scan which is worse than the last. Problem is we don't really understand what it means and it is almost like nobody believes him when he tells them he is in so much pain. Can anyone help explain some of this please.

Bialateral L4 spondylolysis with foraminal stenosis and probable compromise, of the right foraminal L4 root. Possible left L5 foraminal root compromise at L5/S1. Further right L5 pars defect, but intact left L5 pars. No neural compression elsewhere.

Couple with this he has a sacroiliac problem.



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Hi Cazzanne

    I would like to welcome you to spine-health you will find lots of information and support, so you have found the right place.

    I am afraid none of us are qualified to explain your husband's MRI, although you will find there are articles and posts which you should find helpful.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • SPINE HEALTH prevents me for telling you .i suggest that you google the words you don't understand and ask you consultant to explain it to you in layman terms .all i can say is don't worry its not life threatening but he will be in pain
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • thanks for that.

    Do you know to be totally honest when he goes to the doctors or the specialist they seem to imply he is making things up which is why we insisted on another scan. I cannot understand why they examine him over and over again instead of looking at the records.

    We were involved in a minor accident 12 months ago and the symptoms and pain has been so much worse since then. He said to me today, see I am not making this up I wish they would believe me!
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