Re: Please explain my MRI Results
There is a good glossary at [url]http://www.asnr.org/spine_nomenclature/glossary.asp[/url]. L1, L2, L3, L4, L5 and S1 refer to vertebrae in your lumbar spine (lower back). The discs inbetween pairs of these vertebrae are called L1-2, L2-3, L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1. I assume by 1-2, 2-3 and 4-5 the report means the discs at L1-2, L2-3, and L4-5. MRI's can only be interpreted by someone who can give you a physical exam and has a chance of telling whether the pain you are experiencing might be caused by MRI findings. (Sometimes the cause is "obvious": if you had a severe left paracentral disc herniation at L4-5 compressing the left L5 nerve root, it would cause pain in the left butt, outside of left calf, top and bottom of left foot to big toe.) There are dermatome maps showing pain pathways at [url]http://anesthesia.mc.duke.edu/regional/abc/images/med-illustartion/ant-dermatome.jpg[/url] and
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