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satomisonic81ssatomisonic81 Posts: 1
edited 01/27/2014 - 10:01 AM in New Member Introductions
I'll give you all a brief background on myself so you kinda get an idea of what I've been dealing with. My name is Marie, and I'm a 32 year old mother of three beautiful girls aged 14, 12 and 9. I don't want to violate rules here, so I'm not asking what my MRI means, just what the terms mean. I started having back pain after the birth of my oldest daughter. At times, it was debilitating and other times it was manageable. Since then, I've had pain the has progressively gotten worse to the point where I can't stand for to long, I can't walk for very long, I can't bend over, I can't lift my right leg without pain shooting up to my hip and my lower back, I can't sleep in on position for long. It's a daily thing that has controlled every aspect of my life for 14 years. I can't work anymore. I almost can't do anything. I've been to so many doctors about pain that I lost count and either they think I'm faking it to get pain pills or they don't care enough to do anything about it. They just throw a term that means nothing to me in my face and give me a few pill and send me on my way.The most recent is sciatica. Every doctor I've been to has given me a different diagnosis but I just recently got an MRI done. I got the results today. I don't know if anyone here is going to be able to help me with it, but I'm confused because the way it reads makes it seem like there's not much wrong with me and the pain is so intense :-(


L4-L5 Mild facet hypertrophy without significant disc abnormality.

L5-S1: There is a broad-based, posterior central disc protrusion which is causing mild central canal stenosis and very mild bilateral neural foraminal stenosis. There is no definite nerve root compression. There is mild facet hypertrophy.


1. Mild L5-S1 degenerative disc disease as above.
2. Lower lumbar facet arthrosis.

I don't know what to think. I'm in such pain daily that the way it seems is that there isn't anything really wrong with me, so what is it that's causing all this pain and numbness. Even pain in my knee. I just feel lost and even more depressed now. I was really thinking they were going to find something that explained why my pain is so bad..but now I'm left with more questions.

Any help would be great. Please :-(


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/27/2014 - 10:18 AM
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