Help me read my lumbar spine MRI
I don't see my doctor for nother 2 weeks... I had an MRI because I have low back pain radiating down my right leg into my knee. I have increased reflex on my right leg and decreased on my left. The MRI reads like this:
1) Approx 8mm nodule occupying the L4 vertebral body on both the T1 & T2 weighted images, typical of a hemangioma.
2) Mild degenerative facet hypertrophy at the L2-3, L3-4 and L4-5 levels but neural foramina at this level appear patent.
3) L5-S1 level, there is a subtle contour irregularity with the central disc, likely representing a small central disc herniation. Disc herniation approaches the the right S1 nerve root.
I'm scared and am tired of hurting all the time. I've just turned 40 and am supposed to be in the prime of my life - 1 son in college and 1 graduating from HS and my husband just bought a motorcycle. I can barely drive the car for more than 20 minutes with pain meds and he thinks I can sit on the back of a bike. HELP!!! PLEASE!!!
Last edited by mary8990; 09-21-2007 at 09:40 PM.