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MRI Results

So here goes, my back has been giving me problems for over 10 years now and I just recently went and had it checked out and had an MRI done, the results are as follows.

Findings: For discussion purposes, There are bilateral defects of the L5 pars interarticulares and an associated grade 1 anterolisthesis of L5 on S1 measuring approximately 6mm.

L1-L2 Disc desiccation and height loss. Small posterior disc bulge.

L2-L3 Mild disc desiccation and height loss. Small posterior disc bulge.

L3-L4 Tiny posterior disc bulge.

L4-L5 Posterior annular tear, disc desiccation and mild height loss. Central posterior dis protrusion causing minimal lateral recess stenosis, just touching the ventral thecal sac.

L5-S1 Disc desiccation and slight height loss. Approximately 7mm posterior uncovering of the intervertebral disc secondary to listhesis. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, right greater than left.

Impression: Bilateral L5 spondylolyses and L5 on S1 grade 1 spondylolisthesis.
Multilevel degenerative disc disease, worst at L5-S1. Clinically significant relationships appear to exist.

When having my MRI read by my Orthopedic Doctor, which is an Army Doctor (and I use Doctor loosely) he really didn't say anything other than he's putting me in for a consult to see a spinal/neurosurgeon immediately and wouldn't really explain how bad off I am. Can anyone give me a heads up on what I'm up against here as far as how bad this is and recovery etc.?


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