I have had back issues for the last 10+ years. Currently I am a 28 yr old male. I finally had an MRI done on my back.
These are the results:
Mild degenerative changes are noted at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels, associated with disc space narrowing, disc desiccation, and endplate changes. Mild degenerative changes are also noted at the T11-T12 level.
Along the edge of the present view, at the T11-T12 level, a disc bulge and/or tiny disc herniation is present.
At the L4-L5 level, a disc bulge associated with a central annular tear is mildly impressing the thecal sac, and mildly narrowing the right and left inter-vertebral foramina in conjunction with the mild bony hypertrophy of the posterior facet joints.
At the L5-S1 level, a small broad-based disc herniation is mildly impressing the right and left S1 Nerve roots, and moderately narrowing the right and left inter-vertebral in conjunction with the mild bony hypertrophy of the posterior facet joints.
Doctor said to work on some back exercises and to make sure I do not go overweight. Currently I am doing physio for my back and plan on continuing to do it.
It was nice to hear the results and what is causing the pain, but the solution being just do back exercises has gotten me down:(
What exactly do the notes on the L4-L5 and L5-S1 mean? Is this what has been causing my sciatica for the last year?