Originally Posted by gmak
Dear hippoman, Welcome to healthboards! There is a disc protrusion @ L4-5 that is just touching the nerve that goes from your spinal cord down the left leg, also @ L5-S1 there is a disc protrusion but it isnt touching the nerve, & ddd is degenerative disc disease which is very common & starts to show up on humans about age 18 from normal wear & tear. Radiologists describe severity of DDD usually as mild or slight, moderate & severe but what you have posted just says degeneration.Radiological imaging is only part of the process of diagnosing a back problem, a neurological exam & a detailed history with all your symptoms are necessary to make a diagnosis & a practice limited to spine only neurosurgeon or a fellowship trained spine orthopedic surgeon is the kind of dr needed to do all this in my opinion. What symptoms are you having? A dermatome map is very helpful to locate the parts of the body that are innervated by the L4-5, L5-S1 nerve roots & it is interesting to see if this aligns with your symptoms, i looked one up as i too have residual problems with those two levels also. I think
you may need to provide more details on both mri's for an explanation. I hope this helps!
Thanks so much Gmack for the reply
My Dr says that I have to see the specialists now and see
What process the decide to take.
I was involved in a car crash nearly a year ago
I have been getting Physio but this has been making thins worse
Which is why I went private to have MRI scan.
I have shooting pains between my shoulders
Up my neck and a fierce pain and sensation from the
Back of my head ear to ear and to the base of my neck.
My lower left side of back can be so sever that I can't walk
I takes prob 3-4 days for pain to reduce but recently it's not going away
With pains down my left leg and left arm!
Really glad to here from you
I will check the MRI and see if I have missed any information which might help
I'm just a little concerned with the head problems