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Hey, I am Jenn and boy do I have a lot of questions!

39 y.o. female who has had increasing sciatic left hip pain over the past 4 years. Also have severe plantar fasciitis in left foot, currently using stretching and $500 orthotics.

Had a bad pinched nerve in neck this past Winter after small MVA. Went to PT and had muscle relaxers pain meds. Neuropathy developed systemically. I have that creepy bugs on skin feeling on feet, legs, arms, hands - it's nutty.

Had Xray in early July of left hip and lumbar. Xray showed (didn't see report) to my GP that I had some arthritis and maybe a small issue with L4 and L5. So I got a non-contrast MRI on August 14.

MRI reads as follows (yes, I know no one can diagnose me or give medical advice, yadda yadda, but any direction would be nice) Side note, GP was fired by me yesterday when my left arm went completely numb, he couldn't see me because he was "booked". Went to ER and had head and neck CT to r/o stroke, et al. That was clear. ER Nurse pointed me to an excellent Internal Medicine doc with whom I have an appointment with in 3 days. My BP was 153/110. I do not have HBP usually. Related to pain?

L4-L5 there is evidence of annular tear and mild circumferential bulging of the disc. At L5-S1 there is mild circumferential bulging of the disc. Marrow signal (this was done w/o contrast) from the bones of the lumbar spine reveals some decreased fat. Findings suggest a hypercellular marrow and clinical correlation is recommended. Disc desiccation is noted at L4-L5 and L5-S1. The conus is intact.

4 major MVAs, carried a triplet pregnancy (and singleton), new to forum and scared


  • Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,702
    edited 08/17/2012 - 10:48 AM
    Welcome. I can't help you with your MRI report, as nobody here can, but I can tell you that your doctor is going to go by the imaging, not the report. Basically, the report is useless. When I got my latest MRI report, it showed all was well and when my surgeon showed me my MRI imaging, we were both flabbergasted. There was obvious missing and bulging discs, spondylolisthesis and facet joint problems (although I couldn't tell on that one).

    I can tell you that annular tears can be painful, only from what others have said here - I've never had one. The rest of what it says is totally greek to me. Please let us know what your doc says. I would also suggest that you see a spine specialist for spine problems.

    Take care,
  • Sorry you had to find us but so glad you did. I found this site after doing research for my again back and all over issues.
    Read as much as you can. The search at tops great.
    Also if you want to ever chat sign in there, often you have sit wait a bit. It's what I do as I read some great posts.
    Sounds painful, and I'm sure your new doc can find you a good spine specialist.

    I agree with Cath for sure on mri reports, it's strange how all the radiologist do the reports so different. My ortho surgeon showed me 2 different reports from my one mri just to show me he sent it 2 different.
    And neither of them found my issue.
    If your insurance or you can afford to please go to at the least 3 different opinions.
    Keep a medical journal, with copy cd of your tests, results, all your ??? and answers from all.
    I bring with me still (mines a huge novel by now)

    Please please list all your ?? and if it's good doc they will take time to answer all.
    You really need few docs opinions and find the exact issues before doing any pt or exercising, I say this due to I was trying Yoga at someones instruction and well I can't do all the poses.
    I do some water exercises (not laps) I got books at the library on water therapy.
    I hope this doc your going to see is a good fit. Don't get hopes up to high. It may take few docs.

    Again welcome and please do reading research
    keep us up to date with findings
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • I agree with the 3 opinions. Prior to my surgery june 8th, I went to three diff. Renowned spine centers. Unfortunatley they all said the same thing, but at least I felt better about my decision. I too keep a binder of my office notes, medictions and recent imaging. I keep a pain journal and an exercise log. If not to prove to my doc that I am doing SOMETHING, then to myself that I still can accomplish baby steps of progress. If surgery is ultimatley not an option, pain management centers can be great resources to try to live the best quality of life possible with back issues. I've had 4 surgeries since 2006...and its hard to stay encouraged, but we have to be our own advocate. Sadly, no one else can be!!!!
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