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Disc protrusion

MargobyrdMMargobyrd Posts: 1
edited 11/08/2015 - 10:49 AM in Lower Back Pain
I need help understanding my mri report don't see the dr until the 25th of this month and I'm nervous trying to figure out what the steps are and if I'm going to end up needing surgery I have a lot of lower back pain and numbness in my but talks expecially when I'm sitting and then I go to stand up that's when it really hurts any input that anybody has I would love to hear it.. also is the 12 millimeter protrusion is that a big??


Five lumbarized monitoring segments. Normal alignment. Single of
degenerative disc disease at L5-S1 evidence for interspace narrowing and
disc dehydration. Left paracentral posterior disc protrusion and L5-S1 and
inferior border the cul-de-sac and contacting proximal left S1 root. This
disc protrusion measures approximately 12 millimeters in width by 5-6
millimeters AP.
Minimal disc dehydration and report seen at L4-L5. Tiny posterior annular
tear or fissure on the left at this level without disc protrusion or
extrusion. This finding tear measures about 3 millimeters in length. No
encroachment upon gas seen nerve roots or exiting L4 roots. Mild facet
arthropathy bilaterally. Mild narrowing. Paragraph axial scans extending
from T12-L1 through L3-L4 demonstrate no abnormality. Unremarkable colon is
located at T12-L1. Bone marrow signal is uniform and normal. Posterior
elements intact. No visible paraspinous mass or abnormal fluid collection.


Left paracentral posterior disc protrusion at L5-S1 impinges upon proximal
left S1 nerve root.
Tiny left posterolateral annular fissure or tear at L4-L5.

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    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

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