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Please Help me Understanding my MRI Report

salleem3ssalleem3 Posts: 1
edited 10/25/2014 - 9:56 PM in Lower Back Pain
I have been suffering from back pain since last six months. Last week I got MRI of my back which diagnosed the following:-
1. Central disc bulges with annular tears at L3-L4 and L5- S1 levels causing indentation of anterior thecal sac.
2. Central disc bulge with annular tear at L4-L5 level abutting the bilateral neural foramina.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    There is nobody on the forum qualified or permitted to advice on an scan finding the rules state....
    5.13 You agree not to ask for any analysis or interpretation of diagnostic tests (ie MRI, CTScans, EMG, etc.),

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Who ordered your MRI for you? Was it a GP or spine surgeon? If it was just GP, chiro etc you need to see a specialist. I like neurosurgeons. I'm not saying you need surgery but they are the very best experts to tell you where to go from here. He may order more tests or send you for different therapy, procedures etc. he should explain your MRI in detail.

    In my experience specialists can be a bit rushed & I always hurt a lot more by the time I've travelled & waited. I make notes of everything I want to know & what makes my pain worse/better. It's so frustrating to be going home thinking of all the things I didn't ask & don't really understand.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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