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Help I am 25 years old and this is the results of my MRi


I injured my back 2 and a half years ago, I herniated a disc in my l5 at work and have recieved little to no treament due to the inadequacy of workmens compensation....

These are the findings of my latest MRI after two years....

A small posterior disc herniation directed more to the left is obliterating the anterior epidural fat with mild thecal sac compression. The intervertebral neural foramina are encroached upon bilaterally more on the left side. Ne Central canal stenosis is seen. Bilateral lumbarization of S! is noted. Correlation with plain radiography is recommended.

The doc wants to do a fusion surgery, I dont want that for fear of it being worst. Cant sleep, no peace of mind, and I am in a lot of constant pain. Any reccomendations of what to do and what does this MRI mean?


  • Downinit,
    I injured my back at 26 and am now 45. I had a diskectomy on L-4,L-5,S1. My surgery helped my leg pain but I still have back pain. My surgery worked for 2 months. I woke up and all the leg pain was gone. However, in my pre-surgery MRI you could barely see the nerve. I was told I had permanite nerve damage but they didn't know how much. Scar tissue grew and wrapped around the little bit of nerve that was left. I was also diagnosed with FMS, degenerative disk disease before my surgery. My only choice is and was too operate again and lose complete use of left leg, morphine pump,stimulator, or rx meds. I chose the rx meds. I havd used fentanyl 75 for the past 7 years with no upping dosage, neurontin, robaxin, and butabital for migrains. I now have neuropathy in both lower legs with foot drop. I fall a LOT. My last fall with walker I broke 4 ribs. I just got a kool candy purple wheelchair and am in the process of getting walkaides for both legs. My mom had a fusion and cage and 8 screws. She isn't sure she should have done it. I myself would not have any back surgery unless my leg pain was like pre-surgery. I have another disk that needs surgery but the chances of scar tissue don't make it my best choice at this time. Every person is different. I would say that if you are in mind altering pain have the surgery. Talk to as many people as possible so you know what recovery is like and what type of implements will assist you. Unfortunately the doctors never give you all the tips and tricks. I know we bought a tool that help to put your socks on and take them off , a grabber to reach thing, and elastic shoe strings. If you need anything else feel free to ask.
    Hope this kinds helps
    Take care
    Take care
  • Hi I'm 46 I have had 2 lumbar discectomys in less then 12 months , and still in serious pain , I was running after my 2 year old last week and went to grab his arm to stop him going near the road and hurt my back again and now have pain and tingling in my right arm , I'm just waiting to hear from the surgeon on what to do as I don't go back till the 5th feb
    Christine murphy
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