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botard89bbotard89 Posts: 1
edited 10/23/2015 - 10:51 PM in Chronic Pain
Was not sure where exactly to put this but I had an injury back in 2008 during a weightlifting class and was hoping someone could possibly clarify this all for me. The symptoms I have are frequent pain in the lower back, and thankfully I have not had this happen in a while but loss of leg control resulting in a fall, resulting in loss of bladder control as well as cold sweats. The following are my actual MRI resuts from 10/19/2015

Findings: There is probable Schmorl's node in the superior endplate of the L4 vertebral body. The remaining vertebral bodies appear normal. A small Schmorl's node is seen at the superior endplate of the L5 vertebral body. The conus terminates at T12-L1.

L1-L2: Mild disc desiccation and mild facet degenerative change. No spinal canal or neural foraminal narrowing.

L2-L3: Mild fluid. No spinal canal or neural foraminal narrowing.

L3-L4: Disc desiccation with small posterior disc bulge. No spinal canal of neural foraminal narrowing.

L4-L5: Disc desiccation with posterior disc bulge and facet degenerative change. There is some mild left lateral recess narrowing. No severe neaural foraminal narrowing.

L5-S1: No spinal canal or neural foraminal narrowing.

Impression: 1. Mild discogenic degenerative change with disc desiccation at several levels. There may be some left lateral recess narrowing at L4-L5 on the left. 2. Schmorl's nodes are suggested at the superior endplates of L4 and L5.

I am 26 years old and just have a hard time realizing what this all means and I would greatly appreciate someone's knowledge. Thank you.

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