Landed on this site while looking for info that could help me understand my present condition and how it may unfold in times to come. First of all, good to see lots of helpful people around here.
I am a 'health young man' aged 41 and have been nursing pain at various points in the spine, notably lower back and to some extent neck area.
last week i saw a doc and he advised me to go for an MRI for lumbo-sacral portion. I am reproducing the findings of the MRI:
"The study reveals straightening of the lumbar spine. Marginal osteophytes are seen at multiple levels. Focal fatty rest noted at L4. Vertebrae otherwise are normal in size, shape, alignment, and marrow signal intensity. Inter-vertebral disc shows loss of normal T2-hyperintensity of nucleus pulposus due to disc desiccation and degeneration. Posterior disc bulge is seen at L3-L4 and L4-L5 levels, indenting the ventral thecal sac and minimally compressing bilateral exiting nerve roots. No significant disc bulge/herniation is seen at any other level. Bony central lumbar canal dimensions are adequate with no evidence of primary cananl stenosis. Lower cord, conus medullaris and nerve roots of cauda equina are normal. Thecal sac demonstrates a normal CSF signal intensity. No significant intra-spinal mass collection is seen."
Upon this, my doc looked very distressed and somewhat disbelieving that such findings should be present in a healthy young man (aged 41) spine. Though he has noted that i will have to go under knife, but has suggested conservative treatment options to try first. The suggestion is that I undergo traction for 10 days.
I am really anxious and want to know if this conditions of mine as projected above will actually need me to go under knife sooner than later.
It will help me if people here who has had similar issues/experiences can share their feedback.