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I had an MRI done but my DR. didnt explain anything about it. He just touch my big toe and walked out. I neeed someone to help explain if it is bad .Here it is . There is severs disk space narrowing at L3-4. Severe disk space narrowing at L5-S1. There is mild posterolisthesis of L2 approximately 2mm. At L2-3 disk bulge is seen. Mild right neural foraminal stenosis. There is suggestion of annular tear.At L3-4 broad base disk bulge osteophyte is seen. Spinal canal is fairly capacious but moderate neural forminal stenosis. AtL4-5 disk bulge is seen.There is facet arthropathy. Moderate bilateral neural forminal stenosis.
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Can you post a little bit about the type of pain you're having
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I have shoooting pain in butt,legs and right foot. It hurt like putting a hot iron on thses body partd
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There is severe disk space narrowing at L3-4. Severe disk space narrowing at L5-S1.

When the disc narrows, bone spurs often grow up around the disc. A narrow disc can be painful because it doesn’t have the same ability to absorb shocks as a normal disc does.

There is mild posterolisthesis of L2 approximately 2mm;

Posterolisthesis means backward displacement of a vertebra on a lower one, so your L2 vertebra which is on top of L3 has shifted back a little, the findings mild, so don’t worry about it.

You have a disc bulge at L2-3; a lot of disc bulges don’t cause any symptoms.

Mild right neural foraminal stenosis. There is suggestion of annular tear.

The foramina, are the holes that the nerve roots use to exit to the spine, stenosis means narrowing, so you have mild narrowing of the foramina. Probably from bone spurs (arthritis) the report states that you may have annular tear, which has to do with the disks again, it’s a tear in the outside ring or edge; they can heal over time. I wouldn’t worry about any of this.

At L3-4 broad base disk bulge osteophyte is seen Spinal canal is fairly capacious but moderate neural forminal stenosis.

Disk bulge osteophyte: Sometimes when a disc bulges it will become calcified or harden over time, this could be causing some of the moderate foraminal narrowing you have at this level. There are no problems with your spinal canal here.

At L4-5 disk bulge is seen. There is facet (arthropathy.is arthritis of the facet joints) Moderate bilateral neural forminal stenosis.

There are a lot of changes noted on this report, but a lot of it is just age related and probably not causing any symptoms. Any thing that’s mild, forget about and a lot of disc bulges don’t cause pain, it’s the herniations you have to worry about.

I think the pain you’re having is probably related to the disc space narrowing, which in turn causes problems with the facets joints, which causes arthritis, which in turn compresses the nerves. The treatment for degenerative disc disease often begins with physical therapy and exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles surrounding the spine. Anyway, It’s a place to start.


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Hi, Thank you for your question. In slipped disc or disc prolapse conditions symptoms may originate due to nerve root pressure, pressure on the spinal cord and pressure on the tail bone. Common symptoms could be paralysis of muscles, pain radiating to the arms or legs, leg pain and numbness, tingling, or weakness. Warning symptoms can include loss of control of the bladder function, paralysis & spasticity of both the legs. Since you are suffering continuous weakness and notice reduced strength of muscle bulk in left leg, please arrange an appointment with a neurologist right away. Further referral to a physiotherapist for spinal exercises could be beneficial and may produce relief of symptoms. Hope this helps. Take Care & Stay Healthy!!!

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Good evening sir, to several months I have back pain nd it's continually increased.so I go my family Dr.he advised me to MRI now MRI report is..At L3-4 and L4-5 mild disc bulging is seen with hypertrophied facet joints causing mild Indentation of lateral recesses.at L5-S1 diffuse circumferential disc bulging is seen with hypertrophied facet joints causing mild indentation of lateral recesses.And my cervical spine report is at C4-5 andC5-6 diffuse disc bulging is seen causing mild indentation of thecal sac.small posterior annular tear is seen.
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Sir plz suggest me what the next step I take.is it any serious matter  or not? And what type of precautions I can do
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can you all help me understand this?  MRI OF THE LUMBAR SPINE WITHOUT CONTRAST 05/16/2016 CLINICAL HISTORY: Patient had a fall 2 years ago, patient reports a history of sacral fracture. Patient has low back pain. TECHNIQUE: Sagittal T1, proton density and fat-suppressed T2-weighted images were obtained of the lumbar spine In addition axial T2-weighted images were obtained from L1 to S1 thin cut axial T1 weighted images were obtained angled through the interspaces from L3 to S1. There are no prior imaging studies from Baptist Health Louisville for comparison. FINDINGS: The distal thoracic cord and the conus is normal in signal intensity. The conus terminates at the L1 lumbar level which is normal. The T11-12, T12-L1, L1-L2, L2-L3 disc spaces and facets are normal with no canal or foraminal narrowing from T11 to L3. At L3-4, the disc space is normal. There is mild bilateral facet overgrowth, there is no central canal or foraminal narrowing at L3-4. At L4-5, there is mild bilateral facet overgrowth. There is posterior annular tear and there is broad-based posterior central bulging or minimally protruding disc material which only mildly indents the anterior aspect of thecal sac minimally narrowing the thecal sac comes close to the anterior medial margin of the traversing right L5 nerve root but does not abut or compress it. There is no significant lateral recess or foraminal narrowing at L4-5. At L5-S1, there is only minimal bilateral facet overgrowth. There is mild disc space narrowing, diffuse disc desiccation there is a 4 mm retrolisthesis of L5 with respect to S1 with uncovering of the posterior inferior aspect of L5-S1 disc space and there is posterior annular tear and there is uncovered protruding disc material extending diffusely along the posterior superior endplate of S1 that contacts the anteromedial aspect of the traversing S1 nerve roots but does not displace or compress them. There is no significant canal or lateral recess narrowing, there is no foraminal narrowing at L5-S1. There is an ovoid area of rather discrete T1 low signal T2 high signal involving the central aspect of the S3 sacral segment seen on the sagittal images that measures 13 mm in craniocaudal dimension 6 mm in anterior posterior dimension. No axial images were obtained through this area. It is an indeterminate but benign finding, may be a tiny bone cyst. It is incompletely assessed on this exam and given the history of prior sacral fracture if there is any outside sacral imaging I will be glad to addend my report with comparison or at least correlate clinically with outside sacral imaging. The remainder of the lumbar spine MRI is unremarkable.
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