Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Re: New MRI
I'm sorry that you haven't gotten any responses sooner. If you have incontinence, you need to contact the doctor who ordered the MRI and let him know IMMEDIATELY about the incontinence. You may have a condition called cauda equina syndrome, which is considered a medical emergency. You may want to bypass the ordering doctor and go straight to the ER with your MRI results, but that may result in a loss of choice over your doctor, as emergency surgery may be warranted. Sorry to sound doom-and-gloom, but this is a very serious situation.
You are in pain due to the lumbar stenosis that is caused the disc bulges you have at every lumbar disc.
Even though the spinal cord terminates at the level of the thoracic 12-lumbar 1 level, the nerves continue on forming a twisted entity called the "cauda equina." It is contained within the thecal sac, a tough ligament-type membrane that contains the nerves.
When anything presses against this, the result can be nerve compression. That's what's going on with you and what is causing your pain...or so it would seem to me!
Stenosis means narrowing. You can see how you have some narrowing of the spinal canal at every level.
I'm not sure what you meant by your last sentence:
Awful sciatica incontinent.
If you are experiencing incontinence, you need to seek medical attention immediately. It is one of the very few symptoms of lower back problems that is considered a medical emergency. If left untreated, the nerves can become permanently damaged.