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Please help with CT scan results...

blackrockshipbblackrockship Posts: 3
edited 08/21/2015 - 8:29 PM in Lower Back Pain
They are for L5, S1:

"a small broad-based left paracentral disc herniation indents the thecal sac and probably abuts the left S1 nerve root centrally in the canal. No significant neural canal narrowing is seen."

Is this not a big deal b/c the radiologist wrote that it's "small?" Do you think my doctor will do anything? The bottoms/soles of my feet burn and tingle, and it's awful pain...but I figured b/c it's small that maybe it's not a huge deal?

Thank you so much.

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  • Thanks Ron. I'll give a bit more info. I've had chronic pain for years. Had an mri ten years ago that showed bulging discs with no nerve involvement. I can't stand getting tests, but I saw a new neuro who ordered this. My feet are horribly painful and have been that way for at least four years. I'm at the point where I feel like I need answers because they're worse than ever and the tingling is nonstop and very distracting. I won't see him or any other dr for at least two weeks so I was curious about this. I'm in my 30's. Late 30's.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427

    I know that pain to be an awful pain, and so annoying!
    There is a Dermatome map, you can use search, on this site, upper right on page, to find.
    It may be useful to you in seeing what part of your spine effects what part of your body.

    Personally, I use it for personal knowledge only, not to tell doctor or tell him what he should be doing.
    I tell my pain management doctor my symptoms and when they are new or different, he rattles off, that's your ABC.....and he's not surprised of area of spine affected and he helps me lessen the pain.
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  • blackrockshipbblackrockship Posts: 3
    edited 08/22/2015 - 5:29 AM
    Thank you! Looks like the right area for it to be coming from this disc. So do you think a "small " herniation could cause this much pain ? Does anyone know if since the ct scam showed it to be small --could an MRI show it to be large ?

    I'm so confused bc this neurologist just diagnosed me with small fiber neuropathy but then the test for that (the gold standard biopsy) was negative ! He said that happens sometimes but I won't hear from him until the end of September. thank you.
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