Hello, this is my first post. I am not really sure if I posted this in the right place. I need help reading my MRI so I am more prepared to talk with my doctor at my appointment this week, so any feedback would be appreciated
Sorry in advance for the long post.
I am a 26 yr. old female. I started having pain in my left hip a year and a half ago. Both hips bother me now, but the left hip is the aggressor here, it wakes me up at night, and I have to sleep on my back or right side because of it. Shortly after the hip pain appeared, I developed sciatica, again beginning on the left side, starting under my butt cheek then running down the back of my thigh. But again, it occasionally happens on the right side as well. I started having lower back pain after all these other things showed up. There is a pressure and ache that is hard to describe, and standing for 15 minutes, or just lying in bed can aggravate it.
LUMBAR SPINE MRI WITHOUT IV CONTRAST
1. Minimal disk bulging at L4-5 and L5-S1
2. Small focal areas of T2 hyperintensity near the left facet joint at L2-3 and L4-5 - See discussion.
The study demonstrates normal alignment of the lumbar spine with no evidence of acute fracture or subluxation. Very mild changes of degenerative disc disease are suggested at L4-5 with minimal loss of disk signal and L5-S1 with mild loss of disk height. The conus medullaris is normally positioned. A small rounded focus of T2 hyperintensity measuring 4x4 mm is noted along the posterior left lamina at the L2-L3 level near the facet joint. A 6x3mm T2 hyperintense focus is noted adjacent to the left facet joint at the L4-5 level. These could be related to small synovial versus areas of prior therapeutic injection. Clinical correlation is suggested. The bone marrow signal is within normal limits.
At L1-2, L2-3, and L3-4, the intervertebral disks are maintained without significant disk bulging or herniation. No significant spinal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing is apparent.
At L4-5, minimal disk bulging is suggested, predominantly laterally. Disk material appears to extend minimally into the inferior neural foramen, left greater than right without apparent nerve root impingement. Early degenerative facet joint changes are questioned. No significant spinal stenosis is noted.
At L5-S1, very minimal disk bulging is suggested. No significant spinal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing is apparent.