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MRI report translation to plain English? :)

Hello, I had a L4/L5, L5/S1 microdiscectomy 2 months ago and have not recovered well. I had an MRI 2 weeks ago and have to wait 3 more weeks to see my neurosurgeon. I did get a copy of the reading of the MRI but can't figure out much, so wondering if anyone can translate if it is good or bad and what treatment options may help. I have been going to PT for 5 weeks now post surgery and still not able to stand up straight and have leg, back and groin pains I had before surgery.

Contrast dose: 20/20

T12 to L4 no abnormality.

L4-5: There is a right laminectomy, there is mild broad disc bulge. There is enhancing soft tissue adjacent to the disc bulge and the theca sac paracentrally on the right. The combination of disc bulge and enhancing soft tissue mildly compresses thecal sac. The disc is narrowed and desiccated.

L5-S1: Disc is narrowed. There is increased STIR signal within disc. There is left laminectomy. There is enhancing soft tissue density lateral to the theca sac extending anteriorly to the left paracentral portion of the disc. There is also some disc enhancement. The left S1 nerve root is surrounded by the enhancing soft tissue density.

Thats all there report says and all I can figure using google is that I have some form of Degenerative Disc Disease??? I am only 33 so not what I wanted to hear.

Any help in telling me what all this means and what kind of treatment options I might have would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ...prohibit anyone here from commenting on or trying to interpret your MRI results.
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