I just came from seeing my orthpedic Dr. and he told me that my L3/L4 discs are narrowing and there are bone spurs, he wants to do an MRI. I just had a successful ACDF done on C4/C5 discs in Oct. 2002. Could someone please help me with what he might want to do if the MRI does show womething is wrong?
ACDF C5/C6 in 10/02 w/plating & screws Used my hip bone. Severe cord compresssion w/hand numbness & myelopathy. Removed plate & screws in 2nd surgery.
ACDF C4/C5 for ruptured disc on 5/23/03 w/plating & screws. Used my hip bone again.
You should get the MRI done regardless of what your doctor might say you need done. If you doc wanted to do surgery and you don't then you don't have to. You could also get a couple of opinions regarding your condition once you have the MRI films. I would get the MRI done asap.
------------------[list=a] [*] 27 years old computer programmer[*] April 1996 - Bulging L4/L5 disk from car accident.[*] October 2002 - Low back pain and pain in left leg.[*] October 2002 - See chiropractor with minimal relief.[*] November 2002 - MRI shows L4/L5 moderate disk herniation (left and center)[*] January 2003 - Try PT for a couple of weeks some relief until chiropractor visit.[*] February 2003 - Chiropractor does traction, resulting in first instance of numbness in foot.[*] Late February 2003 and still going - New Physical Therapist, not much relief yet...[*] March 2003 - Very light pain in right leg in addition to left, EMG suggests nerve damage/irritaion in both legs.[*] March 2003 - Second MRI shows L4/L5 moderate disk herniation (left and center), slightly larger[*] April 3, 2003 - Epidural Injection, slight pain relief, more tingling in left leg and right.[*] April 17, 2003 - Going for second epidural injection.[*]April 22,2003 - Feeling some relief, started doing exersices from the McKenzie book.[/list=a]
When you read the radiologist's report that comes with your MRI film, you should realize that L3 and L4 are names of two vertebrae in your spine, not names of discs. There is one disc between the L3 and the L4 vertebrae.
HNP at L4-5 late Sept 2002
3 months PT and Ibuprofen
Reherniation late Feb 2003
Nerve block mid March 2003
Microdiscectomy 4 April 2003
3 months PT (trunk stabilization)
Walk 4 miles daily from now on.
Cherylha, take heed to what John Se and HNPatL4L5 are saying. Also, I am concerned about how your doctor knows that you have bone spurs and narrowing without an MRI?? I don't care how knowledgable the doctor is there is simply no way to make that kind of prognosis without images. Please, please seek a second opinion and post your results as well as a description of the issues your are experiencing here. WE CARE about you!!! Please be very carefull and try to learn as much as possible about your spinal column!
[This message has been edited by Lev (edited 04-25-2003).]