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need help with multiple disc herniation

While performing a hamstring stretch, I felt a severe pain in my right leg and buttock. Went to my GP and got several shots to relieve the pain. The pain in the leg was relieved after bed rest for 3 days but the buttock burning pain continued until now. Took an MRI, then went to neurologist, who advised to see a neurosurgeon immediately. Neurologist mentioned disc fusion surgery or if ignored will end up with complete paralysis. I am doubting his assessment because I am not having any back pain or leg pain or any neurological deficit aside from the buttock burning pain. I have not seen a neurosurgeon yet but I am in complete shock.
What are my chances? Thank you and god bless..

Here is my MRI findings:
There is mild levoconvex curvature of the lumbar spine centered at the L2-L3 level. The conus medullaris ends at the L1-L2 level and is normal in signal intensity and caliber. The vertebral body heights are maintained. Minimal edema is seen at the L5-S1 endplates likely representing type I degenerative fibrovascular changes. There is minimal concomitent enhancement. There is a large peripherally enhancing disc extrusion at the L5-S1 level as discussed in detail below. There are also further annular tear and disc protrusion at L4-L5, No further abnormal enhancement is seen within the central canal or vertebral column. The paraspinal soft tissues and visualized intra- abdominal contents are within normal limits.
Axial images:
T12-L1: The disc is normal in configuration" There is no canal or foraminal stenosis.
L1-L2: The disc is normal in configuration without canal or foraminal stenosis"
L2-L3: There is a diffuse annulardisc bulge with a superimposed leftforaminal disc protrusion measuring 2-3 mm. There is mild left foraminal narrowing. There is no central canal stenosis.
L3-L4: There is no canal or foraminal stenosis.
L4-L5: There is a diffuse annular disc bulge with a superimposed central disc protrusion measures 3 mm. There is mild lateral recess narrowing and central canal stenosis. There is mild bilateral foraminal narrowing.
L5-S1: There is a left subarticular disc extrusion measuring as much as 7 mm AP dimension, 10 mm in transverse dimension and 13 mm in cephalocaudad dimension with cranial migration" There is effacement of the left lateral recess and impingement of the traversing left S1 Rerve root. There is mild to moderate canal stenosis. There is mild bilateral facet arthropathy. There is moderate left and mild right foraminal narrowing. There is impingement of the exiting left L5 nerve root,
1. Left subarticular disc extrusion at L5-S1 with effacement of the left lateral recess and impingement of the traversing left S1 nerve root. There is further mild to moderate canal stenosis and moderate left foraminal narrowing. This likely impingement of the exiting left L5 nerve root. Please correlate for accompanying radiculopathy.
2. Central disc protrusion at L4-L5 contributing to mild central canal and lateral recess narrowing.
3. Left foraminal disc protrusion at L2-L3 contributing to mild left foraminal narrowing.
4. Levoconvex curvature of the lumbar spine centered at the L2-L3 level.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 12/13/2013 - 6:40 AM
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