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What does all of this mean and how can I make the pain go away?

1chandler311chandler3 Posts: 1
edited 06/16/2015 - 3:10 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have been having severe pain in the middle of my spine. There has been no radiating pain, so I think that is positive. However, I had an MRI that says the following:
FINDINGS: On the axial views, possible cyst in the region of pancreatic tail axial image #5.
On the sagittal views, there is loss of disc signal with loss of disc height and anterior spurring on the T2 images at L1-2. Loss of disc height and signal with endplate reactive edema at L4-5 with Schmorl's nodes, intermediate slight increased signal within the mid disc space. There is slight anterolisthesis of L4 on L5.
On the sagittal views, the left neural foramen is mildly stenotic. The right L4 neural foramen is stenotic.
L1-2-Incidentally noted, there is low lying conus.
L4-5-Disc bulge is noted with focal right foramina! disc herniation axial image #18. There is mild degree of facet spurring. Central canal is not significantly stenotic.
L5-Sl-Disc bulge is noted with mild bilateral facet spurring consistent with age.
L1-2. No HNP or stenosis, incidentally noted low lying conus.
L4-5. Disc bulge with superimposed right foraminal disc herniation with bilateral neural
foramina! stenosis. There is significant endplate edema with Schmorl's nodes most
severe anteriorly at the level of disc space.
L5-S 1. Disc bulge.

Can anyone put this in plain language to I can understand how badly I've hurt myself and if it can be treated?

Thank you.

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  • ivymiivym Posts: 278
    edited 06/16/2015 - 7:05 AM
    Welcome, you will find a lot of support here. First, none of us are physicians so we cannot offer interpretation of your tests for you. Sounds like you have a lot of lumbar sine issues which I suppose you already knew. One thing that helped me some was to look up "dermatomes." Once you see what nerve innervates what you can start to get an understanding of what areas are causing your symptoms. For me, next step was making appt w/ NS for professional evaluation and treatment. Good luck and keep in touch.
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