So just got my MRI results and I am confused on what is really going on?? Need it translated into plain English!!! Help!!!
I am a 30 year old female with a history of back pain but in the past 3-4 months the pain has become debilitating. Have been seeing a spinal specialist in hopes of getting the pain under control. Finally went in for an MRI after 2 months of constant pain meds, muscle relaxers and 2 expensive trips to the ER for unmanageable pain.
The results from the MRI read as such;
L5-S1: Moderate loss of disc space height, moderate disk desiccation, minimal anterior spondylitis and a 3MM anterior disk budge present, there is a 6MM AP posterior broad-disk extrusion which causes moderate spinal canal stenosis. In the lateral recesses, there is never root sleeve effacement and encroachment of the budding bilateral L5 never roots. Moderate right neural foraminal stenosis is present. There is severe left neural foraminal stenosis and impingement of the left Foraminal L5 nerve.
I saw my Dr today abs he explained to me what was going on I know my nerve is severely impinged and that's what's causing my pain. What I didn't understand was that he said it was my bone causing the problem and not my disk and that the only way to truly 'fix' this I would need surgery but I can manage pain and try to ease my symptoms before I commit to surgery.
Anyone else dealing with this?
Any suggestions other than surgery and PT?
I am going for a epidural for pain management but would welcome any other suggestions!!!!
Has anyone had the invasive surgery to correct this?
Also need help interpreting MRI results please!!!
I was scared and shocked to hear this diagnosis today and need help understanding what I am dealing with and my long term outcome!!!! Help!!!*************************************************
No one on 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