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Nov 14, 2007
Hello My Fellow Spineys, I Know I Have Not Been On Much, Was Working And All. Well, As Of Last Wednesday I Have Been Off After Assisting A Patient I Guess I Reinjured. It Sucks Because I Was Only Back To Work For 2 Weeks And One Of Those Weeks Was Mod. Duty. My Pain Is Back, Not As Bad As Before, But Very Bothersome. I Have Some Questions About My New Mri, The Very First One Done 12/06 And It Read Disc Bulges 2-3 Mm At L4-5 And Also To L5-s1, An Xray Report Showed Mild Retrolithesis, But It Has Not Shown Up On Mri Or Ct Scans, I Do Have Sciatica To The Left Leg. Now Below Is My Most Recent Mri:

L4-5 There Is Loss Of Disc Height. There Is Disc Dessiccation. 4mm Posterior Disc Protrusion Is Identified. This Is Tilted Slightly Left Paracentral Location. The Is An Area Of Increased Signal Intensity Indicating Annular Tear. There Is Central Stenosis. Facet Arthropathy Is Present. There Is Mild Foraminal Stenosis.

L5-s1 There Is Loss Of Disc Height. There Is Disc Desiccation. 5mm Left Paracentral Disc Protrusion Is Present. The Left Anterolateral Recess Is Effaced. There Is Left Foraminal Stenosis.

Ok Guys, I Know I Have Been On This Board A Long Time, But What Does This Really Mean. W/c Doc Say's Its Worse And Has Restricted Alot Of My Activities I Cannot Return To My Current Position And As Large As My Company Is (kaiser) They Seem Unable To Accomidate Any Positions For Me, I Have Been There 10 Years. I Am Really Upset, One Because Of The Mri And Possiblity Of Surgery And Two My Future And Career. I Am A Single Mom Of A 5 Y/o And This Has Been A Terrible Year For Me. I Am Trying To Keep Afloat But It Is Really Hard. Doc Is Doing Something Called A Pns(permanant And Stationary) She Said Once Thats Complete I Can See Any Surgeon I Want. So I Am Waiting On That Because The 2 Surgeons I Saw In The Beginning Wanted To Do Alif And Disc Replacement And The Mri Was Not Like This One.

Does Anyone Have Results Like Mine? Can I Hold Out On Surgery Or Will This Only Get Worse And Require Me To Have Surgery? I Am Nervous Now! Sorry So Long Just Only Have You All That Understand. Thanks For Listening And Reading This Long Post.


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