Re: MRI results-HELP please
C5-6; there is a focal posterior protrusion identified resulting in a moderate central canal stenosis.
Loss of normal lordosis
Bulging disc and narrowing.
Could be normal aging. Is it painful? What have they suggested as a line of treatment?
L4-5; Minimal diffuse disc bulge is seen with significant central canal and neural foraminal stenosis.
L5-S1; Diffuse disc bulge is seen as well as a posterior annular tear without significant central canal or neural foraminal stenosis.
Degenerative disc changes seen at L4-5 and L5-S1, predominantly L5-S1 where there is disc bulge and posterior annular tear.
Again, as you know, narrowing. Significant means serious.
The tear is not good, but the best part is that tears heal in time. About 18 months.
L5/SI: You have a bulge, but no *significant* stenosis there, which is good. Again, the tear will heal. They can be very painful if they leak. Not all tears leak.
DDD is normal. As we age, our bodies age.
Everyone ends up with spurs. If it is not involed in the tear and it is not hooking a nerve, then it is fine. Spurs desolve on thier own and come back sometimes when they are removed. They form after an injury or repetitive motion.
Unless your stenoisis is bad, you have to let time heal your tear. Sometimes stenosis requires surgery to open up the space, sometimes not. It all depends on the nerve factor.
My Xray also showed the posterior spur at L5-S1.
Your main concern right now is to educate yourself as much as possible in regard to the word *stenosis*