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mri results

Bilateral pars defects at L5 with grade II anterior subluxation of L5 on S1. there is bone on bone appearance.
Disc dessication is seen at L3-4 and L4-5. Bilateral neural foraminal stenosis is seen/
At L4-5 there is bilateral facet hypertrophy. Bilateral neural foraminal narrowing is seen. Bilateral facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy is seen.

What does this all mean? All I know for certain is I hurt to the point of.....
I have been to doctors and emergency rooms. hospitals want to give me a shot and tell me to see my regular doctor. I don't have a regular doctor and haven't been able to work for a number of years because the pain has become unbearable.

Any help/suggestion on what exactly needs to be done to get out of this pain would be greatly appreciated.




  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 05/03/2013 - 7:41 PM
    I can't recommend strong enough that you find a good Primary Care Doctor that you "click" with. Ask around and see who your family/friends see. Make an appointment and see if you the doctor. It is so important for people with spine issues to have a quality PCP that can help coordinate care when other things go wrong.
    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.
  • EMCEEMC Posts: 84
    edited 05/07/2013 - 5:47 AM
    however I can see why you hurt so bad. I saw you said you have been to doctors. I was wondering what kind of docs? You might get a copy of your MRI and take it to a specialist. If you have been to one maybe find another preferably a neurosurgeon. Orthopedic or spinal specialist are other options. I'm not saying you need surgery because I don't know, but they may do some physical therapy or steroid injections right in your spine.
    take care

    If all else fails a pain mgmt doc can help
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