OK! I'm 43 yo and already have a history with my cervical spine. (Am now fused from occiput to c4.)
I've also always had trouble with my lower back and had an MRI done for it in late July for monitoring. It was my first lumbar spine MRI since before my surgeries 3.5 years ago. The results are not too nice and worry me. My neurosurgeon could operate on me but seems to think it won't do any good. I'm going to share my MRI results with you guys to know what you think. I am not looking for a diagnose, I have one already. Just looking for some friendly advice. I will be meeting with my family doctor later in October to discuss all this.
FINDINGS : Moderate to severe degenerative changes noted in the visualized lumbosacral spine. The spinal canal is constitutionally narrow. There is mild retrolisthesis of L4 on L5 with degenerative face OA changes seen. Minimal left convex scoliosis also noted. Normal vertebral alignment is otherwise maintainded. There is no evidence of significant spinal cord compression at any level. The conus ends at the level of L1, no abnormal signal intensity noted in the lower spinal cord. The vertebral bodies are of normal height. Prominent limbus vertebra noted at the anterosuperior corner of L3.
At L2-L3 there is moderate diffuse disc bulge and moderate to severe bilateral facet OA and ligamentum hypertrophy causing moderate spinal canal stenosis and thecal sac compression. No significant foramina narrowing noted.
At L3-L4, there is mild diffuse disc bulge and mild bilateral facet OA without any significant spinal canal stenosis. Mild bilateral foramina narrowing noted.
At L4-L5, there is mild diffuse disc bulge without any significant spinal canal stenosis. Severe left and mild right exit foraminal narrowing noted.
At L5-S1 moderate to severe bilateral facet OA changes noted. No significant spinal canal or foramina narrowing noted.
IMPRESSION : Multilevel degenerative changes as described. Severe left L4-L5 foramina narrowing noted.
Once again, I am just looking for advice and maybe shared experiences. I've been having left leg numbness and pain and have had episodes of pain going down my right leg and feeling like the signal is cut off to my leg when moving my lower back. It's not like nothing is going on.