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Burning in my lower back now for over 5 years

scoobybugsscoobybug Posts: 1
edited 02/01/2016 - 5:44 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello everyone, I am new so here goes. had a MRI and here are the findings STUDY: MRI Lumbar Spine without Contrast
DATE: 01/28/2016 09:56
INDICATION: Lumbar radiculopathy. Patient states chronic LBP,
bilateral leg numbness with progressive worsening. No recent trauma,
no back surgery, no cancer.
COMPARISON: Lumbar spine radiographs dated 2/14/2014.
Technique: Sagittal T1, proton density, T2 and STIR and axial T1 and
T2-weighted pulse sequences were performed.
FINDINGS: Lumbar alignment is satisfactory. There is mild diffuse
narrowing of the disc spaces. Several tiny Schmorl's nodes are noted.
The vertebral body heights are otherwise maintained. The conus
medullaris terminates normally at the L1 level.
T12-L1: There is no significant disc bulge. No significant narrowing
of the spinal canal or neural foramina is seen.
L1-L2: There is no significant disc bulge. No significant narrowing
of the spinal canal or neural foramina is seen.
L2-L3: There is no significant disc bulge. No significant narrowing
of the spinal canal or neural foramina is seen. L3-L4: Moderate bilateral facet arthropathy without nerve root
L4-L5: Mild bilateral lateral recess stenosis and mild bilateral
foraminal stenosis without nerve root impingement.
L5-S1: Small annular tear in the posterior disc margin with slight
bulging of the disc but no significant mass effect on the nerve
roots. Can anybody please explain to me if these findings are as bad as I feel, Here Is some of my blood work findings , Sed Rate
33 mm/hr (High) , Potassium SerPl QN
3.3 mmol/L (Low) , Glucose SerPl QN
103 mg/dL (High) , ANA Ab Titer
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    SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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