In 2009, I had to quit my job as a Corrections Officer because I had crippling pain shoot up my spine at various times. Walking has now become quite the challenge for any walks over 5 minutes. Numbness in my feet sets in, swelling in my lower back occurs, and then the pain sets in. Anyways, in 2009 I had a MRI with these resluts:
There is grade 1 degenerative retrolisthesis of L4. Remaining lumbar vertebral bodies are maintained in height and alignment in the sagittal plane. Conus medullaris and cauda equina are unremarkable. With the exception of reactive endplate changes associated with degenrative disc disease, predominantly L4-L5, marrow signal is normal. There is disc desiccation, predominantly L3-L4 through L5-S1. There is no significant central spinal stenosis or neural foraminal stenosis T10-11 through L3-L4. L5-S1 slight dorsal disc does not significantly compromise the spinal canal but does abut left L5 nerve root within the neural foramen. L4-5 disc bulge mildly effaces the thecal sac encroaches the inferior aspects of the neural foramen without significant stenosis.