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TheregosthebackTTheregostheback Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:50 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all 48 yr old male,work comp accidents 13 yrs ago and now dr says time for surgery.I was wondering if i posted info if someone had the same prob as me they could fill me in.Thanks for any help.


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    Yes, please do post more info and we'll do what we can to help you. There are a lot of members with WC issues here that can help you with that as well as many of us that have had lumbar surgery as well.

    So tell us more about you when you can and let us help. That's what this forum is all about - spineys helping spineys.

    You can also do research throughout the site in the form of articles and videos that relate to your situation.

    Hoping to hear more from you soon.
  • Thanks for reply,the WC was settled long so its not involved. Here's the info: MRI lumbar spine without contrast
    History: Multiple injuries over the years. Chronic lower back pain. Decreased reflexes left lower extremity.
    Findings: Five lumbar vertebrae. Severe disc space narrowing L5-S1, with adjacent Modic type II changes. Schmorl's node superior endplate L5. Moderate disc space narrowing L2-L3,L3-L4, and L4-L5. Conus medullaris L1. Cauda equina is unremarkable. Loss of normal lordosis.
    L1-L2: Minimal bulge. No spinal stenosis. No foraminal narrowing.
    L2-L3: Mild bulge. Minimal spinal stenosis. Mild left foraminal narrowing. Right neural foramen is not narrowed.
    L3-L4: Mild bulge. No spinal stenosis. Minimal foraminal narrowing.
    L4-L5: Broad-based disc extrusion. Moderate spinal stenosis. Mild to moderate right, and mild left foraminal narrowing.
    L5-S1: Disc osteophyte complex, with small left paramedial disc extrusion. No spinal stenosis. Moderate right foraminal narrowing. Moderately severe left foraminal narrowing, impinging on left L5 spinal nerve.
    1. L5-S1: Disc osteophyte complex, with small left paramedial extrusion. Moderately severe left foraminal narrowing, impinging on left L5 spinal nerve.
    2. L4-L5: Broad-based disc extrusion causes moderate spinal stenosis.(I wont lie to ya...i hada the wife type all that-id still been typeing into next week if id of typed all that.)
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    Based on your MRI report and any clinical examination, what type of surgery does your surgeon plan for you?

    What medications are you currently taking? And what other treatments have your tried? Surgery is the answer for many spinal conditions, but I always like to say, have you given all the conservative treatments a try first? I can only assume you have had a number since your surgeon is opting for surgery. And yes, there are times when surgery right away is the only answer.

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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have been given some good advice already!! be sure and check out the different forums and make yourself at home!it is always a good idea to get atleast a second opinion when it comes to surgery. the more information you have the better! good luck! Jenny :)
  • 14 months ago had a MRI found mild buldge L4 L5 S1 with mild stenosis. Lots better but still have days where it sucks! Found my big problem is sitting too long "compression!" How long does this take to heal, Doc say years but "you will recover" well hurry up!
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