Hello out there, I am a 28 year old male and have had agonizing, chronic pain for ten months now. I had an MRI done and have received a copy of my results after meeting with my doctor. I got as much information as I could from him but I didn't want to take up too much of his time as I'm sure he had many more patients to deal with.
I was hoping that someone could help me better understand my results so I can have a better understanding of how I should be coping with them.
MRI LUMBAR SPINE
Left S1 nerve root compromise?
A routine MRI of the lumbar spine was performed from T12 to the
sacrum with axial sequences from L4-L5 to L6 S1.
There are 6 lumbar type vertebrae. Alignment and curvature are
maintained. Vertebral body height is preserved. No suspicious
marrow signal is identified. There is multilevel disc desiccation..
The conus medullaris is normal in position and appearance.
L4/5: There is a mild diffuse disc bulge. There is no neural
foraminal or central canal stenosis. The posterior elements are
L5/L6: There is a mild diffuse disc bulge with a superimposed left
paracentral focal component measuring 17.1 mm lateral x 3.2 mm AP.
The focal component touches the traversing left L6 nerve root. There
is no neural foraminal or central canal stenosis. There is mild facet
L6/S1 there is no disc bulge or protrusion. There is no neural
foraminal or central canal stenosis. There is mild facet arthropathy.
There are 6 lumbar-type vertebrae. Multilevel degenerative disc
disease and facet arthropathy. There is a mild diffuse L5/6 disc
bulge with a superimposed left paracentral focal component. The focal
component touches the traversing left L6 nerve root.
That is a lot for a person to take in and try to research, I know only a certified physician can accurately read this but I would really appreciate any help as I am tired of being in pain and in a very dark place because of it.
Thank you very much for the help!