Hi I have been having lots of back pain for 9 months ,I am on flexeril,mobic,and use vultaren gel..
I recently had an mri and doc says don't worry about results that everything is just normal for old age.And that none of this should be causing me any pain.I am only 44.I will put results here exactly as the report shows.Thank you in advance.
There is minimal retrolisthesis at l3-l4
There is mild ventral wedging of the t12 and l1 vertebral bodies in which appears chronic.There are herniated schmorls nodes within the endplates at all levels from t11-l5with mild associated degenerative reacted endplate changes.There are small anterior osteophytesat multiple levels.
There is a 6mm round t1 and t2 hyperintense marrow lesion within the l5 vertrebral body compatable with a focal hemangioma.
Within the l1 vertrebral body there is a focal round marrow lesion that measures 6mm in diameter.This demonstrates hyperintense t2signal.
There is defuse loss f t2 signal thruout the discs at all levels from t11-t12 through l3-l4compatable with difuse disc desicattion.no signal abnormalities are demonstrated within the region of the conus medullaris which extends to the l1-l2 level
FRom l1-l2 through l5-s1 there is a facet and posterior element hypertrohy.There is mild fluid within the facet joints at multiple levels.
There is fatty infiltration of the posterior paraspinal muscles from l4 through the visualizec upper sacrum.
Limited partial visualization of the upper pelvis demonstrates an anteverted uterus,There is a heterogeneous sinal within the visualized portions within the uterus with a suspected large mass within the fundus.
Can someon please tell me in plain words what all this means and if this could be causing my pain .thank you
I can't help read the MRI...someone else might be able to. I can however say that MRIs in general are only somewhat helpful with back pain. A person with no pain may look like a wreck, a person with a lot of pain may look "normal". My MRI did show degeneration but not nearly the doc was SHOCKED by how bad it was once he got in there (I say it a lot but it felt like vindication against people who questioned me when he said it was among the worst he'd seen in years)...the images didn't indicate how bad it was.
Do not settle for being told nothing is wrong. If you hurt, you deserve attention and help. Keep pushing. Many patients, unfortunately, need to see more than one doc before they get help.
What type of doc are you seeing? It is worth seeking out an expert in spines. Some people here like orthos, others like neuros...I think it really just depends on finding the right doc. But, if it is real and interferes with your life, don't stay with someone who dismisses you and your pain.
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