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2 completely different MRI'S Having horrible back pain

Kaylaheller909KKaylaheller909 Posts: 1
edited 10/12/2015 - 9:08 PM in Lower Back Pain
I first had an MRI in 2010 and the diagnosis was Lumbar disc displacement. And the findings read as followed: There is borderline diffuse congenital narrowing of the lumbar spinal canal. Early disc degeneration is present at L5-S1. The vertebral bodies maintain normal height, signal intensity and alignment.
L1-2 There is no focal disc abnormality. Early degenerative facet joint changes are present bilaterallly.
L2-3 Early to mild degenerative facet joint changes are present bilaterally. Ther is no focal disc abnormality or acquired stenosis.
L3-4 Early degenerative facet joint changes are present bilaterally. There is no focal disc abnormality or significant acquired stenosis.
L4-5 Mild degenerative facet joint changes are present bilaterally, left is greater then right. There is no focal disc abnormality or significant acquired stenosis.
L5-S1 Mild degenerative facet joint changes are present bilaterally. There is no focal disc abnormality or significant acquired stenosis.
Since my back has been hurting me so bad lately to the point that i can barely get out of bed my dr ordered a new mri and this one has no diagnosis and the findings read as followed: There is preservation of vertebral body height throughout the lumbar spine. No compression fracture is noted. And the impression says At the L4-L5 level, slight circumferential disc bulge noted with mild bilateral posterior facet hypertrophic degenerative changes. No prominent disc protrusion, central canal stenosis or neural narrowing noted.
L1-2 there is preservation of disc hydration and height. No disc protrusion,stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.
L2-3 same as L1-2
L3-4 same as L1-2
L4-5 there is slight circumferential disc bulge noted with mild bilateral posterior facet osteoarthropathy. No disc protrusion, central canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.
L5-S1 same as L1-2
I dont understand... Why are they different from each other? Why am i in so much pain if my new mri says nothing is that serious? How can i be diagnosed with lumbar disc displacement on one and not the other? I feel like my dr thinks im lying :(

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