I have suffered from back pain for a while. I had a MRI in Nov 07, and another in Nov 08.The difference was night and today,so much so that my Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion was called off. In 07 I have Degenerative Disc Disease in L4 to S1 and disc herniation L5/S1. Now I have the following,I need the stuff really explained to me.Should I move this stuff to a different forum?
Impression=mild central canal and narrowing from L3-5.No lateralizing disc protrusion resulting in significant foraminal stenosis.
MRI of the lumber spine
L2-3~~ Concentric disc bulge. mild bilateral facet hypertrophy
L3-4 ~~Concentric disc bulge. Superimposed central disc protrusion; small. Mild to moderate bilateral facet hypertrophy. Prominent epidural fat posteriorly. Mild central narrowing. No significant foraminal stenosis
L4-5~~ Concentric disc bulge. Superimposed broad-based central disc protrusion that was slightly eccentric to the right. Bilateral lateral recess narrowing. Mild bilateral facet hypertrophy contributed to mild central canal narrowing. No significant foraminal stenosis
L5-S1 ~~ Concentric disc bulge. Focal central broad-based protrusion. No significant compromise of the central canal or foramina