I'm new to spinal forums and was wondering how many others there are out there like me who are suffering to a greater extent than their MRI results would suggest?
My first MRI results returned the following impression.
MRI CERVICAL SPINE
Protocol: Sagittal T1, T2, axial T2, T2* gradient echo sequences.
Findings: Satisfactory alignment of cervical and upper thoracic vertebrae with no
Craniocervical junction is normal in position and morphology.
Cervical and upper thoracic spinal cord has a uniform calibre and signal intensity
with no findings to indicate mass lesion or demyelination.
No focal compressive cervical disc protrusion is identified resulting in canal or
lateral recess stenosis.
Mild degenerative facet joint disease is represent contributing to foraminal
narrowing as follows;
mild right C3/4, mild-moderate bilateral C4/5, moderate right C5/6, mild left C5/6,
mild left C6/7.
Pre- and paravertebral soft tissues appear unremarkable with no cervical
· No cervical disc protrusions are identified.
· Mild multilevel cervical degenerative facet and uncovertebral joint
disease contributing to foraminal narrowings as described.
MRI LUMBAR SPINE
Protocol: Axial and sagittal T1 and T2-weighted sequences.
Findings: Satisfactory alignment of lumbar vertebrae with no fracture or pars
The conus is normal in position (L1 level) and morphology.
T2 hypointense disc desiccation changes are present at L5/S1 level.
There is a left paracentral disc protrusion with T2 hyperintense peripheral linear
annular tear present.
This contacts and potentially irritates the left S1 nerve root within the lateral
recess (series 10 image 16).
Mild degenerative facet joint disease is present at L5/S1 level not resulting in
Remaining lumbar intervertebral discs have an unremarkable appearance with no
further disc bulge or protrusions identified.
Remaining lumbar facet joints appear unremarkable with no bony foraminal
Paravertebral soft tissues are normal.
· Left paracentral L5/S1 disc protrusion with possible compromise
upon left S1 nerve root.
I have also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (which I'm guessing is contributing to my back pain?)
Based on these findings I don't think my specialist will consider surgery a necessary option (which I am happy about - but I am disillusioned as this means I can't expect much in the way of relief now)
My burning question is how many back pain sufferers are in agony a lot of the time with only minor findings to support their condition? (on that note I really feel for all of you who have much worse findings - your pain must be impossible to bear - you are all amazing!)