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Hi All,

I got my MRI scan report saying "
minimal posterior bulge is noted at l5-s1 level.no root indentation or foraminal compromise"

What exactly it means...& hw bad is my spine health now..What should i do to recover
Looking for your valuable advice.


  • Hello,

    I'd like to welcome you this great forum. You will find a lot of experience and advise from people on here and this site has helped me a lot to cope with my pain and have an understanding that I'm not alone.

    I wanted to let you know we are not doctors, and share more of our experiences, rather than treatment advise and medical direction.

    I can help you with your question based on my understanding and the fact I have had many MRIs, and 2 surgeries in the past few years.

    What you describe is a disc protrusion, bulge, herniation, etc. Here is the tricky part. Many people have what your MRI shows, and some have no pain, or require any treatments at all.

    I assume you are in pain, and that is why you are on here. The back, nerves, and discs are very complicated, and I have had through my own experiences found there are so many possibilities as to what could be the problem that crossing treatments of a list is the best way to find out what will work for each person.

    What I mean is your MRI says you have a bulge, with no nerve root indentation. Here is the thing though. The bulge can be causing you great pain even though it says no root indentation.

    What I would recommend is follow your doctor's orders. I personally tried all of the treatments before I had surgery. I did PT, injections, medications, massage, tens unit, acupressure, acupuncture, etc, etc.

    I had no notable improvement, so I started to look at surgery.

    Have you done all of the non surgical treatments? What have you tried, and not tried?

    Some people can find complete relief from any of these non-surgical treatments, while others find non at all. I was one of those extreme cases requiring surgery because of the nature of my condition.

    If you give me more details I would be happy to share my experience with you, and tell you how the treatments felt, or what they are.

    Take care, Eric
    Left foramina stenosis of L3/L4 (retrolisthesis)
    L2-ilaic revision fusion ( loose screws) with a laminectomy at L3 (cage at L3-L4)
    (PLIF) -@ L4/ L/5 - S1 (cage at L4/L5)
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