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How bad is my MRI?.

Ayden2009AAyden2009 Posts: 3
edited 02/25/2015 - 9:01 PM in Chronic Pain
I have chronic back pain along with shoulder pain in both shoulders but I had an MRI done on my back and i will post my results. I would appreciate any suggestions on how bad it is and what I can do to minimize my chronic pain!!

Lumbar spine MRI

Sagittarius FSE, Axial FSE, Sagittal FLAIR T1, Sagittal IR

The conus is intrinsically normal located at the L1 level. No cord compression is seen.

T11-T12: There is a disc desiccation with disc herniation to the left of midline. No central canal, lateral recess or neural foraminal stenosis is seen..

T-12-L1 through L3-L4: There is no disc bulge or herniation. There is a facet bony hypertrophy without central canal stenosis

L4-L5: There is disc desiccation. There is a disc bulge with superimposed moderate sized disc herniation centrally and paracentrally causing the cal sac compression and mild central canal stenosis. There is a facet bony hypertrophy with bilateral lateral recess and neural foraminal encroachment.

L5-S1: There is a moderate diffuse disc bulge lobulated in contour with facet degenerative changes causing bilateral lateral recess and neural foraminal stenosis. No central canal stenosis is seen. There is a superimposed disc herniation centrally and paracentrally with mild bilateral S1 nerve root encroachment.

Impression: Disc herniation superimposed on disc bulges L4-L5 and L5-S1. Facet degenerative changes with bilateral lateral recess and neural foraminal encroachment especially L4-L5 and L5-S1. Disc herniation to the left of the midline T11-T12.

I'm a 44 year old male who's been in 2 motorcycle accidents. Please give an honest opinion of what's going on here because I'm in so much pain all of the time! Thank you!!!



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  • Thank you Liz for the prompt response. I understand that no one is permitted to give medical advice or read MRI's. I was basically looking for exactly what you said in personal experiences. Thanks again.
  • Hi Ayden. I'm so sorry. Living with chronic pain is so much more than just the physical unrelenting agony. It effects every aspect of our lives. I could talk about thinking positive & getting new hobbies & interests, everything & anything to take your mind off of the pain but I've found that until I managed to get my pain reasonably controlled not much was possible.
    What specialists are you seeing? What have they tried so far? What meds do you take & how well do they work? Have you had a diagnosis & action plan from a board certified spine surgeon? If not, that's essential. I'm not saying you need surgery but don't fall into the trap of being advised by GP's, physical therapists or chiropractors (who you SHOULDN'T be seeing with your MRI results!). Only a fully qualified surgeon can examine you & your diagnostics & tell you what you should & shouldn't be doing.
    What do you currently do on a daily basis to manage your pain? We talk about 'The Blend' a lot here & it's essential that you develop your own coping mechanisms to get through this life. After 9 years its still a roller-coaster for me at times. There's no magic bullet, no easy solutions. Managing pain can feel like a full time job at times!!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,817
    I think what EG said about until the pain is manageable not much is possible should echo throughout spinehealth. Whatever means that is by the blend or others that is such a critical part of living in chronic pain, your life will spiral without pain that is somewhat managed , controlled or lessened. It will override most other things at its worst and can cause damage to parts of the body such as the brain. But you need a diagnosis to get this and the doctor hopefuly can help you get there, if not move on. Dont stop searching.
    Have you seen the doctor about these? If not you should know what every terminology means in that report prior to appt and the doctor will tell you how it applies or impacts your individual case.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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