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Help with alleviating pain/numbness in right thigh

I am experiencing severe pain & numbness in my right thigh. I recently had an MRI done & the Radiologist's report is as follows. Please give me some advice on where I should go for treatment to resolve this severe pain. I live in the Terre Haute / Indianapolis area. Thank you.


Small hemangiomata are present. Disc desiccation involves all levels. Vertebral body heights and disc heights are maintained. The conus is unremarkable.

Facet sclerosis involves L1-2.

Very mild bulging and facet arthropathy are present at L2-3 without neural impingement.

At L3-4, mild annular bulging and facet arthropathy causes minimal canal and foraminal compromise.

At L4-5, bulging and facet arthropathy causes minimal effacement of the canal and inferior neuroforamina.

At L5-S1, bulging to the right and left laterally with facet arthropathy is appreciated withou neural impingement.


Multilevel spondylosis resulting in minimal narrowing of the canal at L2-3, L3-4, and L4-5 associated with very mild bilateral foraminal compromise at the L3-4 and L4-5 levels.


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    we are not permitted to ask for, nor to give interpretations of someone's imaging studies, those need to come from the doctor who ordered the test for you.
    the words very mild and gives you an indication of how serious the problem is. ddd is a misnomer, in that almost everyone over the age of 18 or so will have some degree of degenerative disc "disease" if they were to have a mri or ct scan. it is an normal finding on imaging studies unless there is some degree of moderate (depending on your age) or severe, and nerve root involvement ( pinching of the nerves) involved.
    there are many references in the post by liz, so i suggest that you start there and read about ddd......there are many options available to help treat the condition, and you can start looking for a spine surgeon just for him to review the findings with you.
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