Originally Posted by fljack1
I asked for a printed ct scan report so I could see what it said before going to the dr. I knew Ll4-5 was bad and now found out it says l5-s1 shows marked end plate degenerative with vacuum phenomenon present but no disc hernia seen ???? is vacuum phenomenon
also it says L2-3 L3-4 SHOWS ANNULAR BULGING i thought these were my good discs. can they still use that disc to fuse the other two.. I always did tend to overdo everthing :} Im trying to read and get as much info as I can before I go to the neurosurgeon.
The presence of a linear radiolucency in the disk space (vacuum phenomenon) is a typical finding of degenerative disk disease. With DDD as the inner nucleus dehydrates, the disc space narrows, and redundant annular ligaments bulge. With progressive nuclear dehydration, the annular fibers can crack and tear.
So, it sounds as if most of your lumbar spine is undergoing degenerative changes, which may cause you future problems but at this point it is not real bad. PT to strengthen your back and abdomen should help avoid future injury or herniations. Hope that helps a little...