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scottay5150sscottay5150 Posts: 5
edited 04/30/2013 - 8:02 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Here's my MRI report..
There's disc desiccation, mild broad based posterior disc bulge with more prominent foraminal components, greater left than right. Large sequestered disc fragment extends cephalod to L3/4 disc residing within the ventral and left lateral epidural space posterior to the to the L3 vertebra body, from superior to inferior. The sequestered disc measures 1.3 cm transverse by 0.8 CM AP by 2.3 CC. This impinges the traversing left L4 nerve root and mildly narrows the central canal on the left. There's mild to moderate right impingement and severe left side foraminal narrowing at L3/4.
There's disc space loss and a mild broad based posterior disc bulge. Mild facet arthropathy is seen. No central canal narrowing is noted. There's mildleft and right side and moderate left foraminal narrowing.
L5/S1 mild disc space loss without significant posterior disc disease. No significant foraminal narrowing.
Impressions:

Multilevel DDD is noted with mild narrowing of the central canal present at the L3-4 level. A large sequestered disc fragment arises from the L3/4 disc, residing posterior to the L3 vertebral body on the left. This impinges on the traversing left L4 nerve root and severely narrows the proximal left neural foramean.
There's is mild to moderate right and severe left L3-4 neural foraminal narrowing...
Thoughts, am I going to die?
Scott...
Thanks!
Scott Methling



I just got the report.. not too happy with this. Please I would love thoughts on what you read here...

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  • it can freak you out when you first read the reports. You could use this site to become more familiar with the different terms, questions to ask your doctor, different treatment options, etc. We can't give medical advice on this site, but people do provide support and share their experiences.

    You didn't mention what kind of doctor had the MRI done. If it wasn't an Ortho or Neuro surgeon, that would be a step to take and have one (or more) review the films. Surgeons I've seen have really gotten more from the films than the report. They sometimes disagree with the radiologist because of what they are looking for.

    Take care,

    KarenD
    KarenD
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 04/29/2013 - 8:02 PM
    YES... I can say with absolute certainty YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. But I doubt this will be what kills you. :) It's a forum violation to try to "read" someone's report since we aren't doctors. However, I can tell you someone with a healthy spine would still have a lengthy report, so don't let all the words and jargin freak you out. Usually anything that is "mild" isn't an issue, sometimes "mild" can cause pain in which case conservative treatments are usually started. It does seem like you aer having some trouble in one particular area. I guess its good that it is just that one joint right? So see, probably not deadly. And I totally agree with Karen. In fact, my surgeon usually gest a good chuckle out of my reports. He says he doesn't expect a radiologist to see what he sees, they are trained so differently. A good surgeon will go frame by frame in front of you discussing what he is seeing. He will be particulary interested in where your pain/problems are and look specifically at those areas. You didn't actually tell us why you had the MRI or give us any history. Welcome to our forum! Spine issues are so complex physically.... and that can even bring emotional issues as well. We are all here to support each other. Let us know a few more details. Best of luck to you. I am assuming you are having pain issues, and I hope you can get those resolved quickly.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • scottay5150sscottay5150 Posts: 5
    edited 04/30/2013 - 6:26 AM
    KarenD said:
    it can freak you out when you first read the reports. You could use this site to become more familiar with the different terms, questions to ask your doctor, different treatment options, etc. We can't give medical advice on this site, but people do provide support and share their experiences.
    I have a spine specialist and meeting with him today.. Just like lots of information before hand.. Better decisions are made
    You didn't mention what kind of doctor had the MRI done. If it wasn't an Ortho or Neuro surgeon, that would be a step to take and have one (or more) review the films. Surgeons I've seen have really gotten more from the films than the report. They sometimes disagree with the radiologist because of what they are looking for.

    Take care,

    KarenD
  • scottay5150 said:
    KarenD said:
    it can freak you out when you first read the reports. You could use this site to become more familiar with the different terms, questions to ask your doctor, different treatment options, etc. We can't give medical advice on this site, but people do provide support and share their experiences.
    I have a spine specialist and meeting with him today.. Just like lots of information before hand.. Better decisions are made. The scan was a contrast free MRI lumbar area
    You didn't mention what kind of doctor had the MRI done. If it wasn't an Ortho or Neuro surgeon, that would be a step to take and have one (or more) review the films. Surgeons I've seen have really gotten more from the films than the report. They sometimes disagree with the radiologist because of what they are looking for.

    Take care,

    KarenD
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,904
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  • Hi Scott! So sorry to hear your having problems. Like All teal said, those reports look. Dry intimidating! I have messed up disc from the. ECM to my crack! I actually only have about 5 decent ones left. I'm only 38 n mine were found at 34. I have degenerative disc n jointt disease, spondylitis, scoliosis, arthritis, stenosis and pinched nerves. Somedays I feel like I'm dying! It has drastically changed every aspect of my life. I had surgery in 2009 bc that's what the surgeon said I needed. I didnt know much and hadn't read much about these problems do I just went with what the dr said. My surgery was on L 5- s1 n I can tell u it didn't fix anything n my back got much worse. I'm not saying surgery is bad for all but now that I've done my homework I know that it should b a last resort. My back probs are genetically inherited from my grandma. Why could t she have left me money lol! You definitely need a spine specialist to look over your MRI images. Let them know you want surgery as a last resort! Ask them what options you have and then decide which you would like to try. Good luck to you n hope u get some relief! U didn't say how bad your pain is n what symptoms your having. I'm sure all of us on this site could probably give you some pointers! Good luck n God bless!
    Kristy
  • I'm sorry Scott I was hurting n took a muscle relaxer n realized I mis spelled many words. So sorry! I meant to say that like the other guy said mri's look intimidating n I have bad disc from neck all the way down! Sorry about any other stuff I mis spelled!
    Kristy
  • skootsskoot Posts: 6
    edited 05/24/2013 - 1:05 PM
    sounds like most of that can be fixed with laser surg and injection therp. stay calm and always 2nd opinion !
    skoot
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