Re: Mri interpretation please... lumbar spine
Hello and welcome on board!
I am so sorry for the pain you have to live with, I wish I could give you a good advice, but backs are backs and not much they can do about our issues. All the stenosis and degenerative problems radiologist describes,are age related and unfortunately surgery not recommended for something like this since nature will take over again, so surgery will just be for nothing. I was told this long time ago by my spinal surgeon.
I learned that for age related changes, walking, swimming, stretching, moving as much as we can, PT - the best solution.
At your L-4 L-5 where they protrusion and bulging, words like "severe" I feel may cause you problems. Although some words like "mild" may bring you some pain as well, but usually spinal ortho Drs dont pay much attention in regards of surgery.
All the described,may bring you a great deal of pain; my concern with you is numbing of the foot and calf. I had multi levels spinal fusions with a lot of other work done, and lately i have same symptoms and more as you do. And last month i had CT scan and it showed I got serious problems and need surgeries again (neck and lumbar areas) but my Spinal surgeon always says: more spinal surgeries we have, more problems we face later and weaker spine we get. I love his honesty and not being "knife happy" You know what I mean?
You are the one who suffers, you are the one who has to do what you can to avoid the surgery as much as you can. And of course to see couple opinions, no matter how much you trust your Dr.
Best of luck to you