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Hi all,

Newbie here - I'm hoping anyone/everyone can help with any kind of info/response regarding the below.

I've had a lower back (L4/5) problem for the past eight years (I'm 25) - it's been managed fairly well, however recently it's flared up again with sciatica and so I went to get a CT scan.

This is what the report says. I'm due into see my physio in the next couple of days and also to see a specialist ASAP (getting an appointment is pretty difficult in Sydney!) so in the meantime, can anyone help with what this report actually means for my back?

[I]"L3/4 - there is a generalised annular bulge. However there is no evidence of disc protrusion, canal stenosis or encroachment on the neural foramina.

L4/5 - there is loss of disc height and a generalised annular bulge. There is also a broad based central posterior disc bulge indenting the thecal sac anteriorly and reducing the AP dimension of the spinal canal by at least 50%. There is also degeneration and hypertrophy of the apophyseal joints. However there is no evidence of encroachment on the neural foramina.

L5/S1 - there is a generalised annular bulge. There is also a small central posterior disc bulge. However there is no evidence of significant canal stenosis or encroachment on the neural foramina."[/I]

[B]In particular, I'm wondering about the meaning and implication of the following:

- Generalised annular bulge?

- Indenting the thecal sac anteriorly?

- Reducing AP dimension of spinal canal by 50%?

- Degeneration and hypertrophy of apophyseal joints?[/B]

I'm resigned to having to have surgery at some time in the future, but as I only have slight pain (albeit with much tightness) in the legs and pelvis at the moment, I'm reluctant to do anything drastic like that. I'm being very diligent with swimming and general wellbeing at the moment so I'm hoping it improves.

Thanks heaps guys - I really appreciate any help I receive.


Ebayhtl.





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