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CrftbeerdCCrftbeerd Posts: 2
edited 03/24/2015 - 5:22 PM in New Member Introductions
hey guys names Ryan and I'm 27 years old been reading this forum like crazy for the past month while being out of work for injuring my back and dealing with constant pain the whole time so while I'm waiting to see my back specialist for the first time I received my mri results and want to know if Anyone had the same results or any advice at all so here they are and thanks in advance for any advice


1. Large disk protrusion at L5-S1 asymmetric to the right with a large annular fissure causing severe right neural foraminal and right lateral recess stenosis and mass effect on the exiting right L5 and central right S1 nerve roots

2. Facet hypertropic changes at L3-4 L4-5 and L5-S1

So that's it and it sounds terrible and I'm freaking out being so young and having back surgery any advice would be awesome thank you

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  • SarahLindeauSarahLindeau Posts: 767
    edited 03/24/2015 - 5:53 PM
    You're young and if this is your first back injury, there is a good chance you won't need a fusion to fix it. I'd speak with your MRI ordering physician and see what she/he says before making any conclusions
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
  • Sorry for not noticing the rules off the bat and asking for tips on my MRI but any personal tips or anyone that has had the same issue would be awesome. I am currently waiting to see a neuro and am taking prednisone about 40mg a day and 800 ibuprofen. I am worried about taking so much prednisone but if I do not take it I cannot get out of bed and the pain is excruciating
  • I understand your pain. I had a similar injury to L5-S1, so I know how awful the pain is. Hang in there. In my case, I healed pretty well without surgery and didn't end up needing to operate as my body re absorbed the protruding disc. I actually ended up needing surgery for a different level 4 years later (L4-5)
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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