I have been suffering with a painful calf every morning when I wake as well as leg fatigue in both legs and hip pain! I wondered if there is any treatment advice out there as my GP surgery has suggested or offered nothing.
I have an idiopathic scoliosis so am used to back pain but lately this has become increasingly worse with a lot of pain in my lumbar region especially if i do any physical activity such as Gardening or Ironing!
My MRI report is as follows!
Sagitttal T2, axial T1 and axial T2 Scoliosis with convexity on the left. There is an element of torsion also.
No gross bone marrow signal abnormality. Apparent distal thoracic cord signal change is artefact caused by partial volume.
Incidental small begin spinal haemangioma. It can be seen in body L1.
At L5-S1 there is a concentric disk bulge that seems in contact with left exiting root at level of foramen, not severely compressing it. There is no compression or central thecal or either traversing never root.
Thickening of facet joint and ligament.
L4-5: there is a broad-based left paracentral disc protrusion, causing abutment of the central theca and narrowing of left recess. No acute nerve root compression. Formina are mostly patent. Minor thickening of the facet joints and ligament.
L3-4 Theere is a partial disc of volume loss. There is a broad, left central lateral and far lateral disc protrusion. Dspite minor forminal encroachment on that side, there is no evidence of root compression. Thickening of facet joints and ligaments is worse on right.
L2-3 There is also disc volume loss worse on the right. Again there is a broad far lateral disc protrusion on the left. No nerve root compression. Thickening of facet joints and ligaments is worse on the right.
Central thecal sac remains capacious, there is no crowding of the intrathecal roots.
Subacute, broad left paracentral disc protrusion L4-5 likely to cause occasional root impingement on that side.
No current nerve compression
Non symmetric disc volume loss L3-4 on a degenerative basis, with incidental far lateral disc protrusion on the left and posterior arthropathy. Similar changes reported at L2-3
No on one the Spine-Health patient forums is medically qualified to provide any advice or
or recommendations on any diagnostic test. However, the following key words can always be applied.
MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary
Liz Spine-health moderator