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I need to understand what my MRI means prior to meeting with a surgeon next week
Need help knowing what to expect after MRI results.
L1-2, L2-3 Both say Moderate disc desiccation is seen. Moderate facet arthopathy is noted. No central or neural forminal stenosis.

L3-4 Moderate disc desiccation is seen. Small diffuse disc bukge minimally effaces the thecal sac Mild facet Arthropy is noted

L4-5 .Moderate disc desiccation is seen. Small diffuse disc bukge minimally effaces the thecal sac Mild facet degenerative chnage is noted

L5-S1 Severe disc desiccation is seen with broad based diffuse disc bukge. There is abutment of the exiting nerve root sleeve on the left extra-forminally. Mild facet arthopathy is noted

Impression: Multilevel Lumbar Spondylosis with no severe effacement of thecal sac

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I for got to mention I am 43 & have had this problem on & off since a fall I took in 1st grade. It has progressivly gotten worde. I have tried maddage, chiroprtor, pain meds. block epidurals, traction, PT & accupuncture...
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Hi there!

The MRI describes multiple level mild-moderate degenerative changes of the lower spine. Well, at this stage we can give an initial trial of conservative management with rest and anti-inflammatory medication followed by physiotherapy to strengthen the back muscles. However of conservative management does not seem to help over a period of 6-8 months, interventional or surgical measures may be suggested. I would suggest discussing the situation and the management plan in detail with your treating doctor.
Hope this is helpful.

Take care!
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