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Dragon Rescuer 01-08-2020 10:16 AM

MRI of lumbar spine
 
Hello,

What does the following mean?

Patent

patent canal and foramen

Endplate degenerative changes

Facet degenerative changes

Ligamentum flavum hypertrophy

Ligaments flava hypertrophy

Post laminectomy changes

Neuroforaminal stenosis

Postoperative changes of prior laminectomy at L5-S1.

(The dr. said the earlier surgery caused this. ?!)

Degenerative disc changes with central canal stenosis at L2-L3, and L4-L5.

Right and left neutral foraminal stenosis at L5-S1.

What can be done?

Severe, sometimes excruciating pain, numbness, tingling, burning, heaviness, in legs.

Thank you.

Dragon Rescuer

teteri66 01-12-2020 05:36 PM

Re: MRI of lumbar spine
 
Welcome to the board. It looks like you have had some lumbar issues in the past. The MRI confirms that things have not improved.

All our spines continue to change as we age. None of us improve. The report indicates you have degenerative changes going on.

Patent means things are as they should be...no problems. There is no narrowing of the spinal canal or neuroforaminal openings...but, further in the report, there are!

What are your current symptoms? There is stenosis at both L2-3 and L4-5 which could be impinging on spinal nerves, causing pain.

Dragon Rescuer 01-12-2020 06:18 PM

Re: MRI of lumbar spine
 
Hello,

Burning, tingling, severe, sometimes excruciating pain. Numbness in both legs, and
heaviness.




[QUOTE=teteri66;5499968]Welcome to the board. It looks like you have had some lumbar issues in the past. The MRI confirms that things have not improved.

All our spines continue to change as we age. None of us improve. The report indicates you have degenerative changes going on.

Patent means things are as they should be...no problems. There is no narrowing of the spinal canal or neuroforaminal openings...but, further in the report, there are!

What are your current symptoms? There is stenosis at both L2-3 and L4-5 which could be impinging on spinal nerves, causing pain.[/QUOTE]

teteri66 01-13-2020 03:36 PM

Re: MRI of lumbar spine
 
The MRI indicates that you have stenosis or narrowing in two areas of the spine in the central canal and in several neuroforamina, which is an opening located at each Vertebral opening that allows a spinal nerve to exit the central canal and go out to the area of the body it innervates. Both these areas can become smaller in diameter due to a variety of degenerative changes. When this occurs, it puts pressure on the nerve, resulting in pain and symptoms like numbness, tingling, etc.

Sometimes a bulging or herniated disc will also press into a foraminal opening, causing the same symptoms.

With stenosis, the most common treatment is a decompression surgery where the surgeon goes in and cleans out the gunk and whatever else is clogging up the opening, thus freeing the nerve.

Dragon Rescuer 01-13-2020 04:04 PM

Re: MRI of lumbar spine
 
Hello,

How extensive is this surgery. What kind of recovery period, severity, ?

Thank you. I am scared.





[QUOTE=teteri66;5500016]The MRI indicates that you have stenosis or narrowing in two areas of the spine in the central canal and in several neuroforamina, which is an opening located at each Vertebral opening that allows a spinal nerve to exit the central canal and go out to the area of the body it innervates. Both these areas can become smaller in diameter due to a variety of degenerative changes. When this occurs, it puts pressure on the nerve, resulting in pain and symptoms like numbness, tingling, etc.

Sometimes a bulging or herniated disc will also press into a foraminal opening, causing the same symptoms.

With stenosis, the most common treatment is a decompression surgery where the surgeon goes in and cleans out the gunk and whatever else is clogging up the opening, thus freeing the nerve.[/QUOTE]


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