hi, i'm new to this messageboard and thought you'd might help.
i'm a 26-year old male and was recently told by my back surgeon that i had disc degeneration on my l4-l5 and l5-s1 discs. he said it was "significant grade iii degradation"
as concerned as i am about all this, i've looked at the mris and i can't quite see how this is classified as grade iii, which as far as i know, is rather advanced degeneration with the space between the vertebrae greatly reduced.
i've tried to compare my mri (i realise that one image is probably not enough and i may not have picked the most relevant) with some on the internet and all i notice is that all my lumbar discs are slightly darker than what is considered a healthy spine. then again i'm not sure if the images were taken in the same conditions, with the same methods etc.
i do see the "bulge" on the two discs but in terms of inter-vertebrae space, i don't really see how these two discs are more affected than the others. https://img59.imageshack.us/my.php?image=0a056fb7yj5.png
if you guys could give me your opinion, i'd really appreciate it. if you reckon more info/images is necessary, then i'll try to answer.