Was hoping you could help me understand my MRI the first one and second one after surgery !!!
This is what I had before my surgery !
IMPRESSION: Moderately large extrusion in a left paracentral location at L2-L3 with moderate
mass effect on the thecal sac and mild narrowing the left foramen at this level. Normal
alignment. Normal conus.
Then about 6 months later I started getting same pain and numbness so they took another MRI and these are the results from it !!
1.Interval absence of prior large left L2-L3 paracentral to foraminal disc
herniation. Remaining mild diffuse disc bulge with slight left paracentral
prominence and overall mild relative central canal narrowing. No associated
notable or compressive granulation tissue at surgical level.
2. New superimposed small broad-based disc protrusion at L5-S1 but without
central canal stenosis or nerve root impingement.
3. Annular tears both foraminal regions at L4-L5 are stable.
I haven't seen my doctor yet and can't get back in till the end of October but would really like to understand what this means after I had surgery .. I really don't understand it and the other thing is I not understanding why it's saying that I have stuff wrong with my other 2 disk when they did the first MRI there was nothing even wrong with them at all it was just my L2 L3 . Can having surgery and removing some of the L2 L3 done that to the other disk .. Thanks for your time and hope you can help me understand the findings ..
Roger Lyons *****************************
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