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MRI results pain down leg


Noncontrast multiplanar MRI imaging of the lumbar spine was performed.
There is mild degenerative disc space narrowing at L5-S1. Small
Schmorl's node deformity involves the superior L3 endplate. Diminished
T2-weighted signal intensity due to disc degeneration is present at
L2-L3 and L5-S1 levels and to a lesser degree at L4-L5. Slight
bilateral facet hypertrophy is present in the mid to lower lumbar

The inferior aspect of the conus medullaris is within the field-of-view
and is normal in contour.

The L1-L2 level is otherwise unremarkable.

Minimal annular bulging is present at L2-L3.

Minimal annular bulging is present at L3-L4.

There is mild annular bulging at L4-L5. Small focus of increased
T2-weighted signal intensity is present in the posterolateral aspect of
the annulus to the left consistent with annular tear. Additionally
there is minimal broad-based disc protrusion within and lateral to the
left L4-L5 neural foramen.

At L5-S1 on in addition to annular bulging, there is moderate focal
ventral extradural soft tissue signal intensity in the midline and to
the right of the midline representing moderate right paramedian disc
protrusion which mildly displaces the adjacent ventral aspect of the
thecal sac to the right and compresses the right S1 nerve as it exits
the thecal sac. There is mild bilateral degenerative foraminal

IMPRESSION: Moderate right paramedian disc protrusion at L5-S1. Minimal
foraminal and far lateral disc protrusion on the left at L4-L5.


  • You need to see a neural surgeon. I don't know who had you do your MRI. But you must see the right doctor and let him/her explain everything to you. Most everyone has bulges and protrusions, but when you get into all this that you have listed especially the foraminal narrowing which can lead to nerve compression and severe pain you need a good neural surgeon that will take the time to fix you one area at a time. Discs can be removed, Laminectomy helps, you may even see bone spurs eventually from arthritis. One thing is for certain, don't let anyone on a forum diagnose you honey.
    Be safe, Take care of you and for goodness sake stop lifting anything over 20 lbs. God Bless and I'll be praying for you!
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/03/2014 - 9:04 AM
    There is nobody on this forum qualified to interpret an MRI


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  • Thank you so much. I am 37 with small kids and just have this dreadful pain in my right leg for 5 weeks now. My Primary care Physican did an Xray then ordered me for an MRI. I am scared as I have no idea what it means (the results) I guess my doctor will phone me and talk to me about it (she takes a while to get back to me on things) Meanwhile I just got these results. Thank you for your answer Anet1956
  • Soham712SSoham712 Posts: 3
    edited 02/04/2014 - 4:14 AM
    Dear Janedoras,
    First thing first, please don't be scared and make sure you don't delay your visit to spine surgeon irrespective of whether she responds late or early. We as fellow mates will be too naive to comment on reports that you have posted here. And please refrain from analyzing the report by yourself ( Bad Idea!!). As of now make sure, you avoid any exercises, stretches, strictly avoid bending, and if possible lay flat on your back and not on your stomach. all this will help to keep your pain to control.
    I too had excruciating pain in my right leg because of fall which damaged my L4-L5 and L5-S1. Just be positive and rest as much as you can. Recover Soon. God Bless :)
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