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mild diffuse disc bulge at L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels

I am a 24 yr old boy. There has been pain in my lower back for past 1 month.
My MRI report says this:

MRI reveals straightening of lumar spine - suggesting muscular spasm with mild diffuse disc bulge at L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels with no significant compressive changes.

Please tell me how severe the problem is. Also, what all precautions do I need to take?
Will I be ever be able to recover? If yes, how long will it take to recover completely?
Any help would be appreciated.


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many others with lumbar issues. As far as your MRI goes there are no doctors here we are all just patients ourselves so there is no way we could read those reports. Your doctor whom ordered the MRI will take the report along with his/her clinical evaluation to make a diagnoses. One thing to keep in mind is they will always find something on the MRI as your spine is a moving joint and begins to wear down, for some more faster than others. More important did you get injured or just wake up one day with back issues? What type of symptoms are you having that you sought treatment to begin with? Have you tried anything so far such as medications, physical therapy, and or injections?

    Many times with back issues they can be treated with conservative methods of treatments. You can learn about spine conditions by placing the key words in the search feature at the top of the page and reading the doctor written articles that pertain to it. For example search use "mild disc bulge". I might also add we have a very extensive video library which can be very helpful. Keep in mind surgery should be used as a measure of last resorts when nothing else helps. If for some reason you need surgery be sure to get multiple opinions. IN the faq section there is a article of 38 questions to ask a spine surgeon, while you might not being seeing a spine surgeon, you can still use it to form a list of questions to ask the ordering doctor. So do your research learn as much as you can and ask questions.

    Once again welcome to spine-health. Good luck and keep us posted on how you get a long.
  • Hi,
    Thanks for guiding me. I think I got injured while lifting some weights in the gym. I haven't tried any medications. I read somewhere that walking is one of the ways to treat mild disc bulge. Is that true?
    I will surely search more on my problem and keep things posted.
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