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Has anyone had these problems?

I am new on here. I had an MRI of my lower back. It showed I have foraminal stenosos at L1-L2, L2-L3, L3-L4, and L4-L5. It shows facet hypertrophy from L1 down to L5. I have retrolisthesis of L2 on L3. I have a circumfrentila disc bulge at L2-L3.I have moderate degenerative disc disease at L2-L3 and L3-L4. I have end stage degenerative disc disease at L4-L5.I have a circumfrential disc osteophyte at L4-L5..I have a transitional partially sacrilized L5. I have been to a PM specialist with no improvement and I am meeting with an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow. I have had a piriformis steroid injection and an epidural steroid injection. I can tell you that just the MRI report scares me to death. The surgeob is recommending fusion and removal of the bone spurs with conventional surgery with the inscision in my abdomen. Has anyone had these problems?


  • Hey democcor,

    What level is your foramenal stenosis?
    Did your MR say mild, moderate or sever?
    If it is nothing less than sever it is unlikely to cause any problems and is likely not be treated at all.

    I had 1 sever foraminal narrowing and that was the only one my any neuro surgeon was interested in.
    All moderate ones that I had 3,they did not treat and said they ll not.

    Everybody has findings in MR I was told and they really matter nothing unless you have sever symptoms.

    All the top neuro surgeons said my MR has nothing unusual and moderate foraminal narrowing are nothing serious to be worried. Only if you get serious symptoms.
    I had sever narrowing at l5/s1 and that was only one that caused some issues.
    But I was still walking normal.
    I was freaking out like you and cried 1st but the top neuro surgeon was really not concerned.

    36y old female, s1-L5 micro discetomy 18th of September 2014
  • Hello Democcor
    My best advice is to stay positive, and remember you are going to have a lot of bad days(painful), which can be expected. My surgery was 9/8/2014, I had lumbar laminectomies L4, L5, S1 L4 Gill procedure, L4-L5 Fusion with autograft and allograft. The pain at times can take a toll, but I remind myself this is going to take time to heal and I have to stay strong, I know it is easy to say but there are a lot of us out there with this issue and we have to be brave. Don't feel bad when you get emotional upset, just remember you have inner strength that will prevail. I always come back to this forum for support when I am in extreme pain and look for encouragement from others who had this procedure. My recovery is a long way down the road, and I have had more bad days than good(still waiting)days. Also, there is a post with things you should have prior to surgery, I would recommend reading it, I found that post excellent, and remember if you do have surgery stay positive, if you are a little scared do some research , and read others who had simalar surgery to get an idea of what to expect. And most of all don't let anyone rush you on your decision, this is your decision. Good luck,
    Ronald J. Geron
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