I have had an MRI because I have experienced pain in my left leg when sitting or laying. I also have pain in my right hip that is sharp and starts deep in the buttocks and goes into the groin and upper thigh when I am up and about. This pain is sproatic and I never know when it will happen. The throbbing pain I have in my left leg comes and goes depending on what position I am in when sitting or laying. I also get severe muscle spasms in my lower back when I am under a great deal of stress. Please tell me if any of this pain is explained in the MRI results.
They are as follows:
T10-T11, T11-T12, and T12-L1: Disc height and hydration preserved. No bulge or protrusion. No canal or foraminal encroachment. L1-L2: Slight disc desiccation, height loss. Annular bulge without focal protrusion posteriorly. There is anterior disc osteophyte protrusion complex eccentric to the right. No canal or foraminal encroaching effects. L2-L3: Annular bulge. Slight desiccation. No protrusion. No canal or foraminal encroachment. Facet joints normal. L3-L4: Relative preservation of disc height and hydration. No bulge or protrusion. No canal or foraminal encroachment. Facet joints normal. L4-L5: Relative preservation of disc height and hydration. No bulge or protrusion. Facet arthropathy/hypertrophy. L5-S1: Disc desiccation with shallow central bulge, but no focal protrusion. No canal or foraminal encroachment. Right greater than left facet arthropathy. IMPRESSION: Facet arthropathy at the L4-L5-S1 levels. Bulge present L4-L5 and more centrally at L5-S1 without effacing effects. Mild spinal curvature changes.
Hello dear and welcome to the medhelp forum. Facet arthropathy at L4-L5-S1, which could cause low back pain and muscular spasms. The bulge at L4/L5 and L5/S1 levels could be impinging on the thecal sac which contains lumbosacral nerve roots with csf around in the central canal. This can cause right hip and left thigh pain. You should try physical therapy and lumbar strengthening exercises. If there is inadequate relief, epidural injection of steroids and local anesthetics can be tried under an anesthesiologist. Surgical decompression would be needed if these measures fail to give relief. Wish you all the best.
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