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Old 07-18-2013, 07:47 PM   #1
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Pain in glut, hip, leg and foot. MRI results

I have pain in my left hip, buttocks, latteral side of my left leg and left foot.
I had an MRI done the results say L4-5 disc level demonstrates biforaminal disc osteophyte complexes with left foraminal / extra foraminal annular fissuring contributing to mild right sided and mild to moderate left sided foraminal narrowing. The spinal canal is patent.

mpression: Mild chronic degenerative changes are present at L4-5 and L5-Si resulting in left L4-5 and right L5-S1 foraminal / extraforaminal annular fissuring.

Can someone please tell me what the MRI results mean and could the results be causing my pain?

 
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:34 AM   #2
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Re: Pain in glut, hip, leg and foot. MRI results

""Can someone please tell me what the MRI results mean and could the results be causing my pain? ""

That's really up to the ordering doc to interpret for you, although I'd say it's certainly possible that you are suffering from some level of left-side radiculopathy at L4-5 (the L4 nerve). The radiologist uses "mild" and "moderate", but he may be slightly understating your condition.

I foresee the ordering doc recommending that a PT teach you exercises to combat this...

 
Old 07-27-2013, 05:14 AM   #3
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Re: Pain in glut, hip, leg and foot. MRI results

I had (and still have) very similar symptoms. Both neurosurgeons I consulted said that I do have lower back issues, but that the main problem I had was at C-5/C-6, which had severe spinal canal stenosis resulting in cord compression and myelomalacia. I had ACDF surgery about 6 weeks ago to remove the compression. The problem is that I waited so long to get this done. It is hard to believe that neck spinal compression can cause no pain there but mess up your lower body, but it can. You might ask for a cervical MRI. Listen to your doctors and if you are referred to a neurosurgeon, take it seriously!

 
Old 07-30-2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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Re: Pain in glut, hip, leg and foot. MRI results

Look online for a "dermatome map." This will show you which spinal nerve innervates which area of the body. The MRI indicates that you have likely nerve compression at both the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels. This pain often feels like what is commonly called "sciatica." (pain running down buttock and back of leg).

I would suggest you make an appointment with a spine specialist if you have not done so already. This could be a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to the neck and back. This is the best place to start for an accurate diagnosis and plan of treatment. You will probably be referred for a course of physical therapy and conservative treatments will be tried...oral medications, perhaps a series of epidural steroid injections, etc. Surgery would only be considered as a last resort, after conservative measures have been tried and have failed...despite the word "surgeon" in the doctors' title.

 
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