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I just had a MRI scan due to constant back pain for the last two years. One morning last week I woke up early in the morning due to severe pain on my left side and needed help to get out of bed. I had an appointment three days latter at Brighams and Womens pain clinic for treatment for my Peripheral Neuropathy pain problems and I thought this pain I am having now was connected with my PN.
I saw the doctor and he examined me, then I needed to have an MRI done now so he could see what is going on in my lower back. He said this pain is not from my PN and I need to get this checked out right away and got an appointment for the next week. My problem now is I had the MRI done and a week latter I got a copy of the report but I can't see the for another ten days and I'm getting anxious.
The report states L2-3: There is mild loss of normal disc signal. Diffuse posterior and posterolateral disc and facet changes causes mild central stenosis at this level. There is superior extension of the central disc bulge. Mild bilateral neuroforamina narrowing is also noted.
L4-5: there is also loss of normal disc height and signal with also endplate changes. Posterior and posterior lateral disc bulges and facet changes causes moderate to severe central stenosis at this level. There is also mild to moderate right and mild left neural foramina narrowing.
L5-S1: Posterior and left greater than right posterolateral disc bulge witjh a focal-left sided small herniation is seen at this level likely compromising the left S1 nerve root. Epidural lipomatosis also seen at this level causing marked narrowing of the thecal sac. Moderate to severe left and mild right neural foramina narrowing is seen.
The doctor was notified immediately.
I am hoping someone out there could read my report and see if anything in that report that they might have heard or seen something like this before and could give me some idea what all this means.

Thanks in advance lvp714

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