Got my ct scan results:
No significant abnormality identified.
There is a mild circumferential disc bulge with a superimposed right foraminal broad based disc protrusion. The disc material is effacing the perineural fat around the exiting right L4 nerve root and could be resulting in impingment. The left neural foramen is minimally narrowed with no evidence of impingment. The spinal canal appears to be minimally narrowed, especially to the right of midline.
There is asymmetric disc space narrowing with relativly severe narrowing of the disc space to the left of midline, and minimal narrowing to the right of midline. A moderate-sized left posterolateral end plate osteophite is seen, which is encroaching on the neural foramen and resulting in moderate left foraminal stenosis. There is effacment of the perineural fat around the exiting left L5 nerve root and impingment of the nerve root cannot be excluded with this appearance. Clinical corelation is required. A small posterior central disc protrusion is identified, which indents the ventral aspect of the thecal sac and results in a minimal decrease in the AP diameter of the spinal canal. The right lateral recess and right neural foramina are widely patent. The left lateral recess is mildly narrowed.
I believe this is all resulting from an injury in 1993 which led me to a L5-S1 discectomy for a central left sided disc herniation pushing on the thecal sac and L5 left nerve root. Had an anterior L4-L5 disc protrusion with no symptoms until recently. I have been lefting heavy all my life starting when I was 13 years old and working as a part time butcher. It is remarkable how many pounds a person can lift and manipulate in a day. I am a very fit and very active man and I am now 47 and I am wondering if I have to go for surgery, which procedure would give the best results. Any tips would be much appreciated.
I have been reading mutiple stories here and can so Identify with you all. And from experience it is much better to be well informed about your spine condition. Information is our best defense against fear of the unknown.