Re: questions about MRI...
To me, L3/L4 sort of jumps out, only because it mentions a broad based herniation and narrowing of both foramen at that level. I would wonder if any of this contributes to any pain. Of course i'm not a doc, but i have read that
L5/S1 area is usually very narrow to begin with which is why many people get problems in this area. So if there is less space and you get a herniation, it may be even more likely to cause pain. Plus I guess it depends on where your symptoms/pain are (maybe trying to figure out approx. what dermatomes), etc. My last MRI showed alot but from L3 through S1, 2 bulges, 2 broad herniations, scar tissue, and I also have bilateral foraminal hypertrophy in all lumbar levels now. But the one episode of severe sciatica I had this summer ...probably most of my nerve pain and parasthesias, etc ended up stemming from L5 (and I also had soft tissue stuck in the lateral recess there). I only know that because I had the nerve block in that area and it helped me alot. So at that time, the other issues werent causing me much grief.