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Anyone have a similar experience? Looking for help clarifying my MRI results.

My Dog SpotMMy Dog Spot Posts: 2
edited 02/26/2015 - 11:16 PM in Lower Back Pain
I started having some pretty intense back pain back in November. It was very painful to sit down and walking became uncomfortable. I was in a lot of pain, but I was functional. I saw my GP and he prescribed muscle relaxers and advised me to take ibuprofen. I did not improve, so he sent me to physical therapy. I was having pain in my back and legs with some numbness in my right foot. After a month or so without improvement, he scheduled me for an MRI. I had it done a few weeks ago.

Here are the results:
There is some disc desiccation at the L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1 levels.

Summarizing this part (T12 through L3 normal)

L3-L4: Central disc herniation at this level with annular tear. This causes mass effect on the ventral aspect of the thecal sac and AP diameter narrowing of the thecal sac, which measures approximately 8 mm in AP dimension at this level.

L4-L5: Right paracentral disc herniation is present at this level with annular tear. Herniated disc measures approximately 8 mm x 4 mm in transverse and AP dimension and causes mass effect on the ventral aspect of the thecal sac to the right of the midline, with narrowing of the right lateral recess.

L5-S1: Right paracentral disc herniation with annular tear is also present at this level, similar in size and MR characteristics to the finding at L4-L5. This causes mass effect on the ventral aspect of the thecal sac with narrowing of the right lateral recess.

1. Right paracentral disc herniation at L4-L5 and L5-S1, with mass effect of the ventral aspect of the thecal sac and narrowing of the right lateral recess at these levels.

2. Central disc herniation at L3-L4.

Up until this past weekend, I was in a lot of pain, but I was able to function. Walk, cook, light cleaning, drive, etc. However on Friday, I moved some boxes and afterwards, I began to feel extreme pain in my lower back and legs. I went to bed, hoping it would be better the next day. It woke me in the night with excruciating pain. I now have severe pain in my back and legs. I am absolutely unable to sit down and cannot walk for more than a few steps. I have numbness in my foot and a sharp burning pain in my upper right thigh. I went to the emergency room on Saturday night and they gave me a shot of Dilaudid and a Valium pill. Neither did anything for the pain. I have never experienced pain this bad in my entire life. I was able to see a physical medicine doctor this last week and he prescribed a Medrol dose pack and some pain killers. The methylprednisolone seemed like it helped a little bit. The pain killers are useless and I haven't been taking them. I had to use a wheelchair to get into the emergency room and also when I visited the physical medicine doctor. I cannot believe how debilitating this has become.

Sorry for so much text. My questions are this:

1. Has anyone had similar results from their MRI scan? What was your outcome? What did you do for treatment?

2. I have a basic understanding of the MRI results, but can someone explain further? Like, are they fairly normal results? Are the herniations large or small? I know that bulges and herniations are pretty common in the normal population, so I was wondering if these seemed abnormal. I kind of understand the results, but could someone clarify them a little bit?

Sorry again for all the writing and I appreciate any responses.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/26/2015 - 9:01 PM
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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,806
    I would not be just seeing a GP with central herniations and annular tears of the spinal discs, go see a spine specialist
    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.
  • I will hopefully be seeing a spine specialist soon. It is very hard to get in to see one here, so I have to have the injections first before he will even see me. It is kind of a messed up system. It will be at least a month before I can see the actual spine doctor.
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