Hello all I am new here,
These are results of my MR from 2014I, I don't fully understand them, but have been getting for years back problems and neck pain / chest stiffness etc , I am 53 years old, when I was 27 the Doctor said i had "the spine of a 50yr old woman" I presume it has got worse. Anyone out there know whats the best approach for this condition apart from Surgery, I am limited with exercise as being a Cancer survivor I developed Lymphodema in my left leg and foot due to surgery for Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Thanks in advance
MRI Dorsal Spine
Normal Signal from cord
There is a right para central focal disc protrusion which is indenting the anterior aspect of the cord at T6-T7. There are further small disc protrusions which are not compressing neural tissues at T7-T8, T8-T9. There are no bony metastasis identified.
MRI Lumbar Spine
Straightening of the normal lumbar lordodis
There is disc dehydration of the lower four disc spaces
Please note the numbering of disc spaces as orientated on the T2 image set (there may be an additional lumbarised S1 vertebra present)
There is a central disc protrusion at L2-3 level of moderate degree which is broad based. There is mild canal narrowing at this level due to combination of facet joint hypertrophy and the disc protrusion
At L3-4 level there is a large focal central disc protrusion which is compressing the nerve roots. There is also facet joint degenerative at this level
At L4-5 level there is severe disc space narrowing with facet joint degenerative change and narrowing of the neural exit foramina
At L5 S1 level there is a marked disc space narrowing.
No evidence of metastasis
Large L3-4 disc protrusion
Moderate disc protrusion at T6-T7
Degenerative disc disease in the lower lumbar spine and in the dorsal spine*****************************************
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
-Liz, Spine-health Moderator