Hey guys! I'm a newbie.... In desperate need of advise. I had an MRI done when I was 29, 3 yrs ago... About 11 years ago I was in a severe car accident. I was in the backseat when the car flipped through the air and ejected me out the back window. Anyway, fast forward to now, I am in constant pain. My MRI showed:
L3-L4 level: left paracentral disk protrusion abutting left L4 nerve root.
L4-L5 level: mild faucet hypertrophy & mild enlargement of the ligamentum flavum... Say what?
L5-S1 level: right sided disk protrusion w/ disk material seen adjacent to the right S1 nerve root, neural foramina are widely patent. The faucets demonstrate mild hypertrophy.
And then in the impression it says correlation for size and distribution recommended.
I'm in so much pain, there are no words to describe it. I have not had any treatment other than meds here and there and I'm wondering what all this means. Can anyone help me make sense of this and what do you think I should do? I see a new primary care tomorrow. My last one told me this stuff healed itself up on its own to avoid prescribing pain meds. Meanwhile, I'm losing my mind trying to cope. Does this kind of injury heal itself and what does that all mean?