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Please help

MissJennMMissJenn Posts: 2
edited 05/18/2015 - 8:25 AM in Lower Back Pain
I need help with my MRI results from anyone who understands what it means please. I've spoken to my Dr. but his explanation doesn't make sense when I do research on my own. Here are my results:

"Moderate to severe spondylosis at L5-S1 with bilateral S1 pars defects and mild grade 1 anterolistesis. Moderate bilateral neural formamina narrowing" I was also told that i have pretty much no disk left on my L5-S1,

I've had a couple rounds of epidural injections, I'm deciding if I want to do a third injection or not. Does anyone know if surgery would help? My Dr. says that would be the next step, discussing possible surgery.

Thanks in advance! :)

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  • This is not professional advice but a partial layperson translation. U have lumbar/sacral spondylolisthesis in a typical location,; this is a condition in which a vertebra in your back [L5?] slides forward over the vertebra below it [ S1].. This may lead to your spinal cord or nerve roots being squeezed. This can cause back pain and numbness or weakness in one or both legs. In rare cases, it can also lead to losing control over your bladder or bowels. See a doctor right away if you begin losing bladder or bowel control. U also have narrowing of the holes in yr vertebrae through which nerves pass [neural foramina] at the same level which can also lead to nerve roots being squeezed. Discs do get absorbed by the body and while it is not unusual for U to be missing a disc, U have lost this cushion between your vertebrae. U have other conditions which I cannot translate. I would ask your physical therapist to go over this with you as well as asking you doctor gain to explain what U can't understand. Don't be embarassed --it's yr doctors' job to communicate effectively w you. Good luck. Don't be scared as that makes everything worse. Ask your doctor if U can try any alternative therapies such as accupuncture by a licensed medical accupuncturist (not other accupuncturists). I get lots of relief from accupuncture. Can ypur doctor prescribe a short course of steroids such aas a Medrol dose pack--not sure it would do the trick but it helped my neuraminal stenosis?
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