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Need Help Reading Lumbar Spine MRI

airickkaairickk Posts: 1
Hi guys i'm 18 years old about to be 19 in december and at the beginning of october i had some sort of pain in my lower back that lasted for about a week, the pain then went away and i started to get sciatic pain down my right leg not all the way down just my buttocks area (thigh) area. i've been doing mkenzie exercises i feel that the pain has kinda went down a little bit. I mostly feel pain at night when im laying down and start to turn. so last week i went to get an MRI of my lumbar spine because my chiropractor recommended it. i just got the results today. This is exactly what the MRI Conclusion says.


1.L4-5 posterior and pre-foraminal 6 mm disc extrusion compresses the traversing right L5 nerve root. The ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and prominent posterior epidural fat with AP sac diameter 5 mm.
2.L5-S1 posterior central 5 mm disc protrusion. No spinal or neural compression.

i understand that i have bulge disc and that its compressing my nerve root which is causing the pain, but how bad is it?? can i recover from this without surgery?

also i didnt hurt or injure myself so i don't know how i bulged my disc??

the pain isnt really bad to where i cant walk or do anything but its just really annoying!


  • I would suggest seeing an orthopedist to go over your results. Only they can tell how serious this is and what your options might be. Some disk protrusions/herniations will go away on their own but sometimes the possibility of nerve damage outweighs the risk.

    Again follow up with an orthopedist or neurologist. And make sure your chiro sees these result. He will probably not want to see you again until you are cleared by another doctor. Nerves are not something to mess around with.
  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. You are to young to being have spine issues, well not to young, but you should be out enjoying life is what I mean. I agree with Kris on seeing a spine specialist regarding what type of treatments are best. You want to make this better and not end living in chronic pain. How did it happen who knows? Does anyone in your family have spinal issues? For now I would skip and adjustments to your back and get a opinion from a specialist so your not dealing with this the rest of your life. Once nerves are damaged they never heal. However a compressed nerve is not a damaged nerve so hopefully with the proper treatment program this will be a thing of the past for you.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Keep us posted on how you get a long.
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