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Mri explained in words i can understand

kacyleukkacyleu Posts: 2
edited 10/08/2014 - 7:56 PM in Chronic Pain
I am a 35 year old busy mother of 5 and have been battling lower back pain for at least 2 months finally got an order for MRI last week..
General: loss of signal in the T11-12,T12-L1, and L3 through S1 discs on T2 weighted images,consistent with degenerative change. No fractures or destructive osseous lesions. Simple right renal cyst noted.
T11-12small to moderate central disc protrusion causing mild ventral the cal sac and cord indentation;sagittal images only
L3-4 mild disc bulge causing no impingement
L4-5 small central disc extrusion with 3mm casual extension and associated annular tear and mild facet hypertrophy causing no impingement
L5-S1 moderate central disc extrusion with 3mm casual extension causing no impingement

My sports med dr just told me I had 1,degeneration g disc 2 discs that are missing g the jelly he says no physical therapy and that I will b treading water for now. Recommends a steroid epidural in which I am waiting for another 2weeks waling on a crutch in excruciating pain still. He didn't mention the right renal cyst at all so I have been googling just still don't understand this report is it serious or no? I am in so much pain daily and would least like to understand in words I understand what is going on inside of my body? I hope someone can help anything would be greatly appreciated BC I am a normal in shape 35 year old woman ..any advice on what else I can do or should do as well. Thank you
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,708

    Liz, 

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • EnglishGirlEEnglishGirl Posts: 1,825
    edited 10/09/2014 - 5:21 AM
    We're not allowed to interpret MRI's. Thank goodness! Me & my friend studied hers a few months ago & our expertise said she's ok...she had her 3 rd fusion a couple of weeks ago! An MRI is just part of the puzzle, a snap-shot in time. There's a lot more that goes into diagnosing your pain. I have a board certified spine surgeon go through my MRIs & explain them to me. He then recommends a course of treatment, therapy etc. if your doc isn't very good at explaining things for you you can always get a second opinion.

    I have cysts in several different places along my spine. I've been told that frequently they don't cause any pain. It depends where they are positioned. You need medical advise on that. No-one can tell you without studying your MRI, examining you, asking if certain moves increase/decrease pain etc. It's all so complicated isn't it?!?

    I've got little kids too. It's so hard isn't it? Just keep pushing for answers & treatments. Sometimes the different injections work really well. Physical therapy (with the right therapist who looks at your MRI & tailors your routine accordingly) helped improve my strength & stamina. I no longer go but still do the exercises & stretches I was taught. It's about finding a blend of things that work for you.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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  • EnglishGirl said:
    We're not allowed to interpret MRI's. Thank goodness! Me & my friend studied hers a few months ago & our expertise said she's ok...she had her 3 rd fusion a couple of weeks ago! An MRI is just part of the puzzle, a snap-shot in time. There's a lot more that goes into diagnosing your pain. I have a board certified spine surgeon go through my MRIs & explain them to me. He then recommends a course of treatment, therapy etc. if your doc isn't very good at explaining things for you you can always get a second opinion.

    I have cysts in several different places along my spine. I've been told that frequently they don't cause any pain. It depends where they are positioned. You need medical advise on that. No-one can tell you without studying your MRI, examining you, asking if certain moves increase/decrease pain etc. It's all so complicated isn't it?!?

    I've got little kids too. It's so hard isn't it? Just keep pushing for answers & treatments. Sometimes the different injections work really well. Physical therapy (with the right therapist who looks at your MRI & tailors your routine accordingly) helped improve my strength & stamina. I no longer go but still do the exercises & stretches I was taught. It's about finding a blend of things that work for you.
  • Go see a specialist! Neurologist or spine surgeon and get it explained your problem isn't just the normal run of the mill thing and he could hurt you more then help you.

    Good luck to you!
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