MRI results for lower back
Finally, after years, got an MRI for my awful back pain.
Just going to put in the last two sections:
At the L4-5 level, there is disc desiccation and a mild broad based disc protrustion approximately 4 mm AP. There is some mild hypertrophic facet arthropathy, but not significant central canal lateral canal or neural foraminal narrowing.
At the L5-S1 level, there is some disc disiccation, decreased disc height and discogenic marrow changes in the L5 and S1 vertebral bodies. A 4 mm broad based disc protustion/extrusion is present, causing no significant central or lateral canal narrowing. There is moderate hypertrophic facet arthropathy bilaterally causing mild to moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, worse on the right.
1. The most prominent changes are at the L5-S1 level where there is disc dessication, decreased disc height and a 4 MM generalized disc protrusion associated with some moderate bilateral hypertrophic facet arthropathy. This combination of findings causes only mild lateral recess narrowing and moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, more marked on the right with intact perineural fat surrounding the exiting L5 roots.
I have mild bulging at L2-3 and L3-4 as well.
My lower back pain is getting so much worse. My PT mentioned discectomy. She thinks it would relieve my pain.
Anyone had that?
Degenerative Disc Disease - Spinal Stenosis - Mitral Valve Repair (open heart 7/2009) Maze Procedure 7/2009 - Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Stage 3, 4/2012 TT 4/9/12, RAI 5/21/12.