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I don't uunderstand my mri

mchrismmchris Posts: 2
I have been suffering with lower back and on and off leg pain for 2 years. I finally Decided to go to a chiropractor in January to see what could be done. After numerous adjustments and physical therapy I still have not had much relief. I had an mri this week and got the results thursday. It's says at l4 and l5 I have a central extrusion with migration below the 5 endplate. I have a left protrusion possible extrusion on l5 l6. The report said there is a mass on the left 5 nerve root. Also mild central stenosis on the 4 5 level. There is more on tthe report just can't remember right now. They are now sending me to a neurosurgeon instead of pain specialist.
Just wondering what I'm in for. I just cant take the pain anymore and Dr said this has been going on for a long while. Will Injections really help with this because of the length of time this has been going on? It's seems to get better for a couple of months and just keeps coming back with a vengeance.


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  • kentkkent Posts: 11
    edited 03/23/2015 - 10:25 AM
    Hi mchris,

    If I were you I'd ask (1) the radiologist. If he won't help, ask your doctor who referred you to get an MRI.

    I've been told that the L4 and L5 are the two lowest vertebrae in the lumbar region of your spine. I also have read that the L5 end plate is also called the S1 level of the spine. There is a disc between the L4 & L5 vertebrae and a disc between the L5 vertebra and the S1 end plate.
  • mchrismmchris Posts: 2
    edited 03/23/2015 - 1:17 PM
    I've actually have an extra lumbar vertebrae. Maybe they has contributed to my situation. Or not. I'm still waiting to see the neuro. Just hoping it's not to late since has been going on for a couple of years.
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