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Help understanding my MRI results

kellyc333kkellyc333 Posts: 2
edited 12/18/2015 - 5:40 PM in Lower Back Pain
Good afternoon all. I recently managed to convince my doctor to give me an MRI scan on my lower back and the results have come back. She referred me to the muscular/skeletal department who have since written without seeing me to say I've been referred straight on to orthopaedics. The doctor didn't really explain much about the results and I spend all day every day in pain. I am 31 years of age.

I was wondering if any of you are able to please help explain what these results mean and what I may be looking towards happening next? I've very little knowledge when it comes to the back and I don't want to investigate myself and give myself incorrect information.

There is early straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis. Endplate irregularity is noted at the L2/3 level with type 2 modic change.
There is discal dehydration at L2/3 and L5/S1.
The conus in normally positioned. The cauda equina appears normal. There is no evidence of significant disc material at L3/4 or L4/5.
At L2/3 there is a small disc bulge without evidence of focal neural compression.
At L5/S1 there is a more central disc protrusion with a possible annular tear.
No focal neural compression is seen.

Thank you in advance





  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 11/10/2013 - 7:40 AM

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    Ron DiLauro

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I'm sorry if it appears that I have broken rules already?! Perhaps I should have asked if anyone could help explain in layman's terms rather than a complete medical explanation? Sorry!
  • Welcome to the forum! When is your appointment with the orthopedic? He (or she) will not just view the write up from the radiologist but will also view the images to give you his (or her) expert opinion. Waiting for appointments can be so nerve racking, especially when you are in pain. Try to take someone with you to the appointment as sometimes it can be hard to grasp everything said in such a short time. This way you'll have someone to discuss it with later as well. Best of luck to you.
    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.
  • Even after I saw doc had tests etc an they told me what was wrong, I had come here an look it up! Lol!

    I have a better understanding now but did have to look words up.
  • JoydanceJJoydance Posts: 1
    edited 12/18/2015 - 5:39 PM
    Hello I am 48, I had a neck fusion of 5-6-7 a few years ago. On nov 3rd had surgery on right shoulder for rotator cuff tears. Ended up just cutting off some bone of clavical at ac joint cleaning the arthritis up and taking bursa away from tears. Well while still in big sling I fell directly on that shoulder and my original doctor was out of town and another ortho doctor saw an xray and said it was fine. Never examined me or anything. I went back to physical therapy and was progressing from original surgery but kept telling my PT that I had different pain down my right arm , up my neck and by my shoulder blade. The pain going down my arm almost felt like a small fracture but she just kept with the ordinary exercises, and I know she makes notes to my ortho doctor. Well last week she told me not to where the brace any more and I listened but spent most of the weekend up in pain. So I went to my chiropractor who saw me took more xrays . saw my atlas and axis were off and ended up sending me for2 xrays. Which he had to fight with. I was losing strength and the pain. gosh So I got the results of Mri's this morning. He says I may need surgery I just had surgery November 3rd.
    First mRI of shoulder says Progression of abnormal signal intensity in the supraspinatus tendon at its insertion is noted. There is now moderate fluid in subacromial bursa. Occult tear is not excluded.
    Diffuse abnormal signal intensity seen in the undersurface of the infraspinatus, consistent with partial undersurface tear.
    Signifigant hypertrophic bone is present at the ac joint and adjacent soft tissue edema is present. This has progressed since prior study. Superior and inferior spurring is present.
    Cyst-like change in the posterior lateral aspect of the humeral head is present. Remaining tendons of the rotator cuff are intact. A small joint fluid is present. Labrum appears grossly unremarkable.

    1. Interval worsening abnormal signal intensity in the supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons with occult tear of the supraspinatus not excluded..
    2. New moderate fluid in the subacromial.
    3. Worsening abnormal signal intensity and degenerative change at the ac joint . Small about of bone bruise not excluded.


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