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Hello, my name is Colleen, and I have recently been diagnosed with DDD, and I have been suffering from moderate back pain that radiates down the front of my right leg and thigh and buttocks. Got xrays done, and the results are:
COMPARISON: 23 June 2004 lumbar spine series.
FINDINGS: Since comparison there has been significant interval worsening
in L4-5 disc space narrowing, now severe and containing degenerative vacuum
Additionally there is interval worsening of L4 anterolisthesis with respect
to L5, with anterolisthesis by approximately 1.5 cm. L4 pars
interarticularis defect is present.
There is mild L5-S1 disc space narrowing.
L1 anterior superior degenerative marginal osteophyte is noted, new from
The vertebral body heights are maintained.
L4-5 left lateral bridging degenerative marginal osteophytes are present.
The SI joints are symmetric without erosions or sclerosis. Multiple round
calcifications within the pelvic inlet are consistent with phleboliths.
1. SEVERE L4-5 AND MILD L5-S1 DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE.
2. GRADE I, BORDERLINE GRADE II L4 ANTEROLISTHESIS.
3. L4 PARS INTERARTICULARIS DEFECT.
Trying to look all this up on the internet is mind blowing. I have an MRI scheduled next week. What happens after that remains to be seen, because I have no idea what my future looks like. Just came on here for support and information, and how to deal with it all, and understand what is going on. I look at my xrays, and I see the one vertebra out of alignment, but other than that, I don't see what all the doc is talking about above....anyway, so glad I found this site, and hope to get lot of information from here.