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I am looking for help interpreting my MRI results. I am 45 and have had back pain since I was a teen. I recently went to an orthopedist and had an MRI. He told me I have arthritis, but my internist (who ordered the MRI) said I don't. I have pain most days, but I am really worried about my future if I am like this at my age now.

MRI Lumbar Spine:

There is narrowing and desiccation of the L4-5 disc, with associated degenerative marrow change. The conus appears normal.

There is slight facet hypertrophy at L2-3.

At L3-4, there is mild diffuse disc bulge with a partial annular tear. There is minimal truncation of the proximal L4 lateral recesses, left greater than right. There is mild facet hypertrophy.

At L4-5, there is annular bulge with mild to moderate spinal stenosis. There is narrowing of the proximal L5 lateral recesses, right greater than left. There is moderate to severe facet hypertrophy.

At L5-S1, there is moderate to severe facet hypertrophy.

Impression: Facet arthrosis at L4-S1, with relatively minor spinal stenosis at L4-5. Annular bulge at L3-5.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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