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Need help understanding my MRI

L3-4, there is bulging of the disc.  This results in anterior impression on the thecal sac
L4-5, there is a posterior disc herniation extending more towards the left with moderate spinal stenosis with an AP dimension of 0.7cm.  there is also and anterior disc herniation.  There is disc bulge, desiccation and facet hypertrophy.  There is mild right and moderate left neural foraminal stenosis.
L5-S1, there is a posterior disc herniation with mild spinal stenosis wit hand AP dimension of 0.9cm.  There is disc bulge, desiccation, and facet hypertrophy.  There is mild bilateral neural foraminal stenosis.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,665
    Hello angiem

    No one on the Spine-Health patient forums is medically qualified to provide any advice or or recommendations on any diagnostic test. However, the following key words can always be applied.

    • MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
      MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
      SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary
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    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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