good afternoon all. i recently managed to convince my doctor to give me an mri scan on my lower back and the results have come back. she referred me to the muscular/skeletal department who have since written without seeing me to say i've been referred straight on to orthopaedics. the doctor didn't really explain much about the results and i spend all day every day in pain. i am 31 years of age.
i was wondering if any of you are able to please help explain what these results mean and what i may be looking towards happening next? i've very little knowledge when it comes to the back and i don't want to investigate myself and give myself incorrect information.
there is early straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis. endplate irregularity is noted at the l2/3 level with type 2 modic change.
there is discal dehydration at l2/3 and l5/s1.
the conus in normally positioned. the cauda equina appears normal. there is no evidence of significant disc material at l3/4 or l4/5.
at l2/3 there is a small disc bulge without evidence of focal neural compression.
at l5/s1 there is a more central disc protrusion with a possible annular tear.
no focal neural compression is seen.
thank you in advance