Hi! Hoping someone out there can help me understand my mri. I have had a bulged disc for a few years that bothers me but it's not unbearable. Over the past 6 months it has gotten much worse. I had an mri 12/24 but my doc won't be back for another week to talk about the results and hopefully help me alleviate some pain!!
L1/2 mild ligamentum flavum thickening
L2/3 mild degen hypertrophic facet and ligamentous changes
L3/4 early disc degen with minimal loss of normal t2 signal and mild disc space narrowing. Annular tear and far lateral extrusion/herniation of the disc with slight superior migration extending into the left neural foramen narrowing the inferior recess of the left neural foramen. Mild degen hypertropic facet and ligamentous changes
L4/5 Disc degen with loss of normal t2 signal and mild generalized disc bulging. Annular tear along the posterior margin of the disc with a mild posterior midline/left paracentral disc protrusion. Degen hypertropic facet and ligamentous changes. Neural foramen are patent bilaterally
L5/S1 disc degen with loss of normal T2 signal. Annular tear along the left posterior margin of the disc associated with left paracentral disc extrusion/herniation with inferior migration which extends into and obliterates the left subarticular recess and lateral recess at the upper s1 level. There is complete obscuration of the proximal, traversing left S! nerve root and mild extradural deformity along the left ventral thecal sac. Mild degen hypertrophic facet and ligamentous changes. Mild left foraminal stenosis. Mild far lateral protrusion of the disc into the right neural foramen with mild right foraminal stenosis
The conus medullaris terminates at the mid L2 level and demonstrates normal signal intensity
All this means to me is it hurts REALLY REALLY bad and I cant make it stop!! Let me know your thoughts please and thank you!
The MRI describes degenerative changes through the lower spine with inter-vertebral disc prolapse at L3/L4, L4/ L5 and L5/ S1, causing narrowing the spaces that carry the spinal nerves at L3/ L4 and L5/ S21 and possible compression of the nerves at L5/ S1.
Hope this information is helpful.
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