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rlark55 01-02-2013 08:33 AM

Please help me understand my MRI 31 yrs old Degenerative Disc
 
Hi all! Hoping someone out there can help me understand my mri. I have had a bulged disc for a few years that bothers me but it's not unbearable. Over the past 6 months it has gotten much worse. I had an mri 12/24 but my doc won't be back for another week to talk about the results and hopefully help me alleviate some pain!!

L1/2 mild ligamentum flavum thickening

L2/3 mild degen hypertrophic facet and ligamentous changes

L3/4 early disc degen with minimal loss of normal t2 signal and mild disc space narrowing. Annular tear and far lateral extrusion/herniation of the disc with slight superior migration extending into the left neural foramen narrowing the inferior recess of the left neural foramen. Mild degen hypertropic facet and ligamentous changes

L4/5 Disc degen with loss of normal t2 signal and mild generalized disc bulging. Annular tear along the posterior margin of the disc with a mild posterior midline/left paracentral disc protrusion. Degen hypertropic facet and ligamentous changes. Neural foramen are patent bilaterally

L5/S1 disc degen with loss of normal T2 signal. Annular tear along the left posterior margin of the disc associated with left paracentral disc extrusion/herniation with inferior migration which extends into and obliterates the left subarticular recess and lateral recess at the upper s1 level. There is complete obscuration of the proximal, traversing left S! nerve root and mild extradural deformity along the left ventral thecal sac. Mild degen hypertrophic facet and ligamentous changes. Mild left foraminal stenosis. Mild far lateral protrusion of the disc into the right neural foramen with mild right foraminal stenosis

The conus medullaris terminates at the mid L2 level and demonstrates normal signal intensity


All this means to me is it hurts REALLY REALLY bad and I cant make it stop!! Let me know your thoughts please and thank you!

rlark55 01-02-2013 09:06 AM

Re: Please help me understand my MRI 31 yrs old Degenerative Disc
 
Also, can this have any cognitive effect on me? I am an intelligent person, but can't remember much of anything lately and having a noticeable difficulty putting sentences together?

olderperson 10-05-2013 09:00 AM

Re: Please help me understand my MRI 31 yrs old Degenerative Disc
 
Hi rlark55,
[QUOTE=rlark55;5111442]Also, can this have any cognitive effect on me? I am an intelligent person, but can't remember much of anything lately and having a noticeable difficulty putting sentences together?[/QUOTE]
I believe chronic severe pain can impact cognitive ability. I have had constant moderate to severe back pain for 6 months and I've noticed that on days when pain is severe, I'm forgetful. I've also noticed that it becomes difficult to add several 4 digit numbers mentally, something I could do easily before the pain started. Even moderate pain can affect my typing, I experience a lot of transposed characters.

If pain meds don't relieve enough pain, Mobic and Flexeril don't help me much and the side effects are awful, your doctor should refer you to a pain management specialist. They'll probably prescribe steroid injections which could relieve pain.

You have my sympathy. I am in my late fifties and had degenerative disc disease that was undiagnosed and asymptomatic until I was in a t-bone auto accident 6 months ago. After a couple months of physical therapy, I had a lumbar MRI which showed degeneration, two discs with micro tears, and a bulging disc pressing on a nerve.

BR


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