Re: Help With Understanding Mri
Were you having sciatic pain down your leg or into your big toe? L5 most likely produces burning, stinging, and numbing pain of sciatica in the top and inner surface of the foot, the outer-front of the leg, and the bottom of the big toe.
I am not a doc, so here is a try.
Macerated is like shrinking/drying, looks like you have some disc material that is protruding into the thecal sac. That is the tissure and fluid around the spinal cord. Good news there is that is doesn't say it is touching or compressing your cord. The foramin are where the nerve roots exit from the spinal cord - looks like those are narrowing, probably because the disc height has changed and also they are talking about Degenerative changes that is arthritis.