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Chip on my L4 & L5

Here is a bit of history. I had my first back surgery at 18 yrs old, a lumbar discectomy and a second surgery in 2004 for scar tissue and another bulging disk.
Since Nov. 2012 I have had cronic pain in my lower back and down both my legs along with tingling. I went to see the orthopedic surgeon that operated on me in 2004 and he did an X-ray. He didn't review my results with me and when I asked him what the results were, he stated that I had a chip in my L4 & L5. He also said that I need an MRI with idoine.
Anyone know what that means? Does he mean fracture on my L4 & L5? I think that I may need fusion as this will be my third surgery. Please help. I am concerned and have no idea what to think anymore?
Thank you in advance.


  • HesterHHester Posts: 90
    edited 04/26/2013 - 3:28 AM
    A chip "in" that area sounds like a disc broke off or a piece is in the wrong place, hence, the MRI with contrast. I do not think it means a fracture but I could be wrong. Good luck and be sure to get a second opinion.
    Age 55
    Herniated L4-5 1992
    DDD diagnosed
    Hysterectomy 2005
    Steven Johnsons Syndrome 2008-09
    Gastroparesis 2009-10
    Right ankle and toe reconstruction 2012
    ACDF C6-7 surgery March 2013
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    edited 04/26/2013 - 7:07 AM
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  • Thank u VERY much. I will. :-)
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