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MRI results

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.

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!



  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    There is nobody on the forum qualified or allowed to interpret an MRI this is something you need to discuss with your doctor


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • edited 06/30/2014 - 9:39 AM
    Obviously I am not allowed to interpret your results but I can tell you it looks very similar to my recent MRI results and I am also in crazy amounts of pain. So, I feel ya.

    Why hasn't your doctor read the results to you yet? Did you get them on your online chart or something?
  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 06/30/2014 - 10:40 AM
    I know it hurts when you have a disc on a nerve. Are you experiencing sciatica symptoms? What has your doctor suggested.. physical therapy, epidural steroid injections? I know a lot of doctors are very busy these days but you should get him to take you through each of these findings & explain them properly to you. Has he given you a physical examination? My doc always says "I treat the patient & not the MRI". These tests don't show everything. Your doctor/surgeon needs to diagnose you & start an action plain to help you to manage the pain. Has he recommended surgery? What are you already doing?

    I know that living with chronic pain can be a nightmare. I've dealt with my own depression over the years. I always feel much better once I've got some answers & a plan. Nothing's worse than suffering alone in a dark place. I'm glad you've found this forum it's been a great source of information & support for me. Welcome to both of you! ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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