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Hi I am 48 year old male who for the past 6 months has experienced leg pain expecially when walking up steps and i have noticed my left foot trying to point inwards. i have leg pain when laying down also. 8 years ago i have compression fractures of t9 t10 and t11 they have healed. I just received the report from an lumbar mri and do not see my ortho till apr 4th so i am a bit anxious when reading the results. Can someone explain all this to me. The report goes. There are normal appearing intravertebral discs at the t12-l1, l1-2 and the l2-3 leverls. There is congenital spinal canal stenosis from the l3-4 level inferiorly. At the l3-4 level, there is a broad based disc bulge, as well as mild prominence of the ligamentum flavum. There is mild central canal stenosis. L4-5 This level demonstrates a broad neck disc herniation of the protusion type into the subarticular and far lateral location on the left. This appears to contact the exiting L4 nerve root. The R L4 nerve root appears to exit normally. There is a left greater than right lateral recess stenosis. The central canal stenosis is graded as mild. There are facet degenerative changes at this level. L5-S1 The facets are relatively unremarkable at this level. The neural framina are patent. There is a small disc herniation of the broad neck protrusion type anteriorly. This does not contact any of the adjacent neural structures. There is bilateral lateral recess stenosis.
Can anyone shed some light on this report?

THANKS

Tim
:wave: Hello and welcome to the board. I am not really good at reading MRI's because I am not a doctor. But it sounds like you have spinal stenosis definitely going on, bulging discs, disc hernitations, etc.

Who ordered the MRI?? It sounds like you definitely need to be seeing a spinal surgeon/neurosurgeon for a complete work up even though you might or might not need surgery. You want to have someone overseeing your care who is an expert in the field of spines and nerves.

Take care and if you have any specific questions, we all love to chat, so fire away! :)
[COLOR="Red"][B]Pepper !!!! How about a spine specialist with a fellowship ?
Ortho/Neuro. BTW GoodMorning :wave: [/B][/COLOR][QUOTE=123dietdrpepper;2872179]:wave: Hello and welcome to the board. I am not really good at reading MRI's because I am not a doctor. But it sounds like you have spinal stenosis definitely going on, bulging discs, disc hernitations, etc.

Who ordered the MRI?? It sounds like you definitely need to be seeing a spinal surgeon/neurosurgeon for a complete work up even though you might or might not need surgery. You want to have someone overseeing your care who is an expert in the field of spines and nerves.

Take care and if you have any specific questions, we all love to chat, so fire away! :)[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=yvette777;2872200]Well by reading your report, sounds like you've found the right place here...it looks like you meet the requirements to be a spiney...sorry.

Bulges, disc herniations...degenrative changes..you've got some stuff going on. Sorry, are they giving you any meds to help you while you wait for the specialist. i know waiting sucks, I had to wait two months for each visit.

Have you had any treatment for any of this stuff? I would try to find the top neurosurgeon in your area that insurance will cover and get an appointment and go from there. Two opinons are better than one and you don't have to tell one you've seen the other. So you get a fresh opinion.

Wishing you the best. vette[/QUOTE]
Thanks Vette,
And thanks for the welcome, never been called a spiney. :)
But have been called worse. lol

The pain meds seem to be doing nothing for me at the moment. I remember 8 years ago when I fell off trampoline and had comp fractures of t9 t10 and t11. The pain med didnt do much then either. But I do have all the mri reports from that time that also confirmed degenerative disk disease and one extra lumbar vertebrae. I was thinking at 5'6" shouldnt i be taller with an extra vert. :)
My ortho surgeon same one as now told me then you will be back in about 10 years or so, i guess he was right.

Thanks

Tim





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