I am posting my comments in reguards to the painful experience I've been having for a year. Last year 7/20/2011, I had an MRI that showed a new bulging disk at L4-5. I also have 3 other bulging disks at L2-3, L3-4, L5-S1. OK, so last Friday I had a new MRI 4/20/12. This MRI was done at a different facility. The new findings were a tear in L2-3disc dehydration with annular bulging and central annular tear effacing the thecal sac. L3-4. ddd with space narrowing. annular bulging with central snnular tear effacing the thecal sac. L4-5 ddd withdisc space narrowing. annular bulge with shallow protuding disc effacing the thecal sac. mild narrowing of centralcanal and neural canal. L5-S1 ddd with disc space narrowing, ddd endplatechanges and endplate spurring. some bulging of annulus with central annular tear.
So, within a year my back has gotten progressively worse. I wonder if I had the 3 tears a year ago, but was not able to be picked up on my MRI. I've read that the MRIs do not always pick up tears. I'm am greatful to have received my recent MRI to explain the increased pain in my back and leg that I have been experiencing in the past year. I hope doctor can do something surgically for me at the point as I've had tried epidurals, chiropractor, PT, aqua therapy, and all have increased the pain.
Does anyone have a similar situation that they can share with me.