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New to low back pain & need MRI reading input please!

QuiltinouslyQQuiltinously Posts: 152
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi All, I'm familiar with neck pain issues since I've had two neck surgeries, but I do not understand my latest MRI very well. My neurologist acted like what hurts is no big deal. I'm sure it isn't to him (but it sure is to me!) Can you tell me if the following might explain why I have lots of pain when I stand? What other symptoms would one have with this MRI?

Here's the thoracic & low back part of the MRI's impressions:
1. The thoracic spine demonstrates some mild facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy at T10-11 with minimal posterolateral flattening of the thecal sac. (Does anyone know what all means?)

2. Lumbosacral spine demonstrates a right parasagittal disc protrusion at the L3-4 level which may mildly posteriorly deviate the descending right L4 root. Are there any right L4 radicular symptoms? (What are those symptoms for this?)

3. The lumbosacral spine also demonstrates a small right parasagittal disc protrusion at L5-S1. (Would this explain why it hurts near my tail bone?)

The main question I have and really would like to know is, when the doctor asks above: "Are there any right L4 radicular symptoms?"... so please share that especially if you know.
Thank you!



  • AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
    edited 06/17/2016 - 1:23 PM
    Hi Dee, welcome to SH. This is a great site for information and support. But, we are not doctors here and of course the person to interpret this for you would be a Spine specialist. There are however multiple links here on SH that may help you understand this medical lingo.
    I believe he is asking if you have sciatic pain along the L4 dermatome. Check out these links:
    For Radiculopathy:

    What are your symptoms? Do you have pain down your leg? I hope you get some understanding, and call that doctor if you need more information. Take care, Sue
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i have to agree with the other poster about needing a doctor for your results. that is really the only way to put your mind at ease. :W good luck and keep us posted! Jenny :)
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  • He might ask that to see if there are symptoms you have to determine whether or not the nerve root is affected. Basically, he's asking if you feel any pain/sensations in your leg... Good luck, I hope you get relief soon! If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me...
    -Lisa :H
  • I appreciate your comments and welcome to the group.
    The dermatone link was helpful.

    My symptoms in the lower back include tail bone pain and a slightly weak feeling right leg. But the main problem the protusion seems to be causing is pain that occurs every time I stand. From the base of my skull to my tail bone, my spine starts to ache and ache. It is hard to explain.

    Why would some one with such minor spine issues including a fused ACDF C5-6 cause so much pain when I stand? I am not overweight and am in very good health otherwise? Could it be the start of MS? Fibromyalgia? Some other issue or disease?

    Thank you, Dee
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