I am a 16 year old male. I have been having really bad pain in my back for a few months. My foot has been feeling really numb and painful and the back of my thigh and butt. My pain seems to get worse when ever i sit or stand for a long time and bend over. My doctor gave me soma and it helps a bit. I am also taking acetaminophen. I had a MRI done and this is what it says.
L1-2: i see no canal or foraminal stenosis.
L2-3:Minimal spondylosis is seen. Neural foramina only minimally encroached. AP dimension of the thecal sac measures 13-14 mm.
L3-4: Minimal spondylosis only mildly encroach on the neural foramina. AP dimension of thecal sac measures 11-12 mm at the midline.
L4-5: Subtle spondylosis is seen. Ap dimension of thecal sac measures 9-10 mm at the midline. Lateral recesses are borderline stenotic. Mild bilateral ligamentum flava hypertrophy and facet osteoarthritis are seen. Neural foramina are mildly stenotic without compressing the exiting L4 nerve root sheaths.
L5-S1: there is mild to moderate spondylosis and mild disc bulging. Neural foramina show mild to moderate encroachment without compressing the exiting L5 nerve root sheaths. AP dimension of the thecal sac measures 11-12 mm.
1.There is mild canal stenosis at L4-5 due to a combination of mild congenital spinal stenosis with mild spondylosis and disc bulging, and ligamenta flava hypertrophy. The spinal canal at L3-4 and L5-S1 are low-normal. No canal narrowing at L1-2 or L2-3 is identified.
2. The neural foramina from L2-3 -L4-5 show minimal mild encroachment. Nerual foramina at L5-S1 shows moderate encroachment. No compression of the exiting nerve root sheaths are seen at the foraminal level.
3.No soft disc herniation is observed.
The doctor said that my spine is to narrow. I am getting some injections in my back soon and if that helps i will do physical therapy. If the injections don't help i will have to get surgery. I just want to better understand whats wrong with my back if my doctor is correct about everything.