Hi can anyone help me understand my mri report
Result - mri lumbar spine
Standard sequences. The lower thoracic and upper lumbar discs are relatively well maintained with some minor intraosseous disc herniation but no significant posterior disc protrusions. At L3/4 there is no significant loss of disc signal but there is a small disc bulge. At L4/5 there is loss of T2 weighted signal with a small, broad based disc protrusion.
At L5/S1, there is more moderate loss of disc height and loss of T2 weighted signal. There is a larger central disc protrusion at this level.
T2 weighted axial imaging was performed through the lower 3 lumbar discs. At L3/4 a small disc bulge narrows both lateral recesses but no significant canal or foraminal narrowing. There is minor narrowing of the transverse diameter of the canal due to ligamentum flavum hypertrophy from posterior facet joints. At L4/5, a larger broad based disc protrusion indents the thecal sac anteriorly, markedly a minor degree of canal stenosis. The AP diameter of the canal at this level measures 11mm. There is some moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing.
At L5/S1, a large, central disc protrusion indents the thecal sac and fills the right lateral recess displacing and compressing the right S1 root. The AP diameter of the canal at this level measures 7 mm. There is further mild to moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing. The tip of the conus lies at the L1/2 level.
I am 34 and in a lot of pain and don't understand all these terms if anyone can help it would be great thanks emmaxxx