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You didnt say what your symptoms were, and without that info and more info from the reports, its hard to guess.

Hi there. I had posted my symptoms on another thread, and forgot to post them here,also. I have low back pain while standing,walking or sitting, other than sitting in a recliner with my feet extended.
My left leg feels like pins and needles down the back of it, whether the leg is bent, or kept straight.
Both of my feet have a numb/tingling sensation ---which is all of the time, whether walking, setting, feet extended.
Both of my arms, from the elbows to the wrists, tingle and feel numb, whether bending them or keeping them straight.

When I am standing, I can get relief from the pain by bending over. I do this a lot lately. Washing dishes, doing laundry, grocery shopping, lifting my grandkids (I'm only 42) all of these things cause pain.

What anti-inflammatories are you on?

Right now, I am on sulfazine and relafen - also ultram (3x a day) for pain.
The sulfazine and relafin were prescribed for Rheumatoid Arthritis, but my GP's nurse said to 'just keep taking my arthritis meds" for my back pain.

Here is what my CT scan showed:
Disc bulging is noted at L5-S1
Evidence of canal stenosis at L5-S1

The MRI showed this:
Disc degenerative changes at L1-L2, and L4-L5
No disc herniation is noted at these levels
Evidence of canal stenosis at L5-S1

What else would help for me to post about my MRI or CT scan, that is on the actual report?

Thank you very much for your response.


Does it say which side the bulge is on? By your symtoms, I'd have to guess left. Does the report state anything like "impinges on the thecal sac" or "touching the nerve root"?
So the CT scan mentions a bulge, but the MRI states no herniation. That's not unusual, considering it was possibly 2 different dr's reading the scans. One might consider a disc bulge significant, and the other didnt.
Man, sulfazine and relafen, and ultram - is your stomach intact? LOL
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Does it say which side the bulge is on? By your symtoms, I'd have to guess left. Does the report state anything like "impinges on the thecal sac" or "touching the nerve root"?

I've re-read both reports. Neither of them indicate which side the bulge is on, just which disc space.
Also- it does not make any mention of impinging on the thecal sac or touching a nerve root.

Man, sulfazine and relafen, and ultram - is your stomach intact? LOL


Lol...you're not the first one that's asked me that. So far, so good. I make sure to take the meds with food. I"m thinking that's making a big difference in not having stomach problems.

Thank you for your response :)