Yesterday I received my MRI on CD. I also got a copy of the MRI Radiology Exam Report. What an eye-opener!
The only thing doctors told me about the MRI results was that at L5/S1, I had a left disc protrusion displacing the left S1 nerve root.
The report indicates the following:
- mild loss of disc height and disc dessication at L1/L2
- L2/L3 minimal disc bulge causing a slight flattening of the ventral thecal sac. There is mlid facet hypertrophy resulting in slight inferior neural foraminal narrowing.
- broad disc bulges at L3/L4 and L4/L5 indenting the ventral thecal sac. There is facet hypertrophy and spurring resulting in bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
- the issues at L5/S1
Now I have something to discuss with my surgeon at the next appointment. I realize these issues may not have been serious enough to be included in my surgery 6 1/2 weeks ago, but I honestly had no idea there were other issues.
Geez, am I going to have to go through this process again in 5, 10, 15 or 20 years?