I am new here, I've had back problems since my 20's when I was in a bad car accident. I've had an MRI on my back every few years due to pain and they all came back as mild degenerative issues, and bulging discs. I've done years of PT and it seems to work for a bit, then the pain comes back. My DR. just had me do a neck & back MRI last week, got the results in the mail. I am scared, because findings for my back & neck don't look good. I am hoping that surgery won't be needed. I will list below the impressions, I am hoping others have the same issues I do?
Spine Cervical Impression ~ Multilevel degenerative changes from C3-C4 to C6-C7 , most advanced at C4-C5 & C5-C6 levels with moderate spinal canal & bilateral neural foraminal stenosis & mild remodeling of ventral cord without abnormal cord signal.
Spine Lumbar Impressions~ Multilevel degenerative changes are most advanced at the L5-S1 level where there is severe loss of disc height. Facet arthropathy and a disc bulge at this level results in bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.