I'm new to this group and in a bit of pain - so please forgive me if I am not posting this in the right location. I had an MRI today and received the results. My DR says to talk to a surgeon - before I do, I'd like to know what I have or at least be familiar with this. This way I can make a better decision. How would you suggest I get a good description of my MRI results? Here they are:
1. Diffuse mild narrowing of the lumbar spinal canal which is likely on
a congenital basis secondary to short pedicles.
2. At L5-S1 secondary to a broad-based left-sided protrusion, there is
moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis and moderate right
neural foraminal stenosis. At this level, secondary to prominent
ventral and dorsal epidural fat there is severe thecal sac stenosis.
3. At L4-L5 there is moderate right greater than left bilateral neural
4. At L3-L4 there is a right foraminal protrusion which extends into
the inferior aspect of the right neural foramen and approaches the
exiting right L3 nerve root with possible contact and results in
moderate right neural foraminal stenosis.
Thank you very much.
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