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Multiple Bulges and DDD

tunapancakettunapancake Posts: 1
edited 06/09/2015 - 4:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone I really need advice.

I have always had back pain and have worked in freight unloading heavy items. I just turned 25. 3 months ago I injured my back lifting something heavy with bad form (round back) after this I have been having a burning feeling in the left foot.
A few weeks after this injury I began feeling pain in the genitals and pins and needles at this point I have some numbness occasional pain. I panicked and ran to the ER worried I may have some serious compression. Doctor seemed irritated with me after MRI result and said there is nothing wrong. Here is the report, will upload pic if it helps.

I'm very worried about genital effects not so much the pain, I have appointments with two neurosurgeons what knowledge can I be armed with from your experiences?

Bone marrow signal: Within normal limits.
Conus medullaris: Termination within normal limits.

L1-2: Significant disc desiccation. Significant partial loss of disc space height. A 12 mm
inferior L1 Schmorl's deformity, with mild surrounding edema. Endplate bone spur and disc bulge
estimated at about 2.5 mm. No significant central canal narrowing.

L2-3: Significant disc desiccation. Significant partial loss of disc space height. A 16 mm
inferior L2 Schmorl's deformity, with moderate surrounding edema. Endplate bone spur and disc
bulge estimated at about 3.1 mm. No significant central canal narrowing.

L3-4: Endplate bone spur and disc bulge estimated at about 3.8 mm. Mild central canal
narrowing. Mild to moderate left and mild right neuroforaminal encroachment. Slight
deflection of the exiting left L3 nerve root.

L4-5: Endplate bone spur and disc bulge estimated at about 3.5 mm. Mild central canal
narrowing. Mild bilateral neuroforaminal encroachment.

L5-S1: Posterior broad-based disc protrusion measuring 3 mm AP. No significant central canal
narrowing. Mild bilateral neuroforaminal encroachment.

Thanks guys.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    edited 06/10/2015 - 3:38 PM
    There are other tests doctors can preform besides MRI.
    Have you had any nerve conduction tests?

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  • Hi there, I don't know why the ER doctor would be annoyed or mad at you. I suggest you take the MRI results and find an orthopedic doctor. They specialize in spinal issues. Don't be discouraged. You're so young and would probably benefit greatly from physical therapy or other form of muscle strengthening exercises.
    DDD, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, SI Joint dysfunction, Grade 1 Spondylolisthesis at L4-L5
    Facing possible Anterior and Posterior Lumbar Fusion Surgery at L4/L5 and L5/S1
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