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Re: Mri analysis
Jun 21, 2012
This is my first post. I just had an MRI done yesterday and won't see the Dr for a couple more weeks. I would like to know what all this means. On xrays he said I had severe degenerative arthritis of the lumbar region. MRI is of the lumbar region:

REPORT:

Anterior and posterior osteophyte formation with disc desiccation and disc space narrowing seen at L5-S1. Disc desiccation is seen throughout the rest of the lumbar spine. Mild anterolistesis lf L4 with respect to L5 is noted without pars interarticularis defect. The conus is at T12 without abnormal signal at the distal cord.

L5-S1: 4-5 mm disc protrusion with posterior osteophytes results in mild bilateral foraminal narrowing and possible impingement on the exiting nerve roots bilaterally. No central canal stenosis. Mild facet hypertrophy is noted bilaterally.

L4-5: 1-2 mm broad-based disc protrusion with Grade I spondylolisthesis without foraminal narrowing, central canal stenosis or impingement on the exiting nerve roots. Moderate facet hypertrophy is seen bilaterally and moderate thickening of ligamentum flavum is seen on both sides. No central canal stenosis.

L3-4: 2 mm broad-based disc protrusion with a zone of high signal intensity and minimal anterolisthesis lf L3 with respect to L4 are noted without foraminal narrowing, central canal stenosis or impingement on the exiting nerve roots.

L2-3:2 mm disc bulge is seen asymmetric to the left without foraminal narrowing, central canal stenosis or impingment on the exiting nerve roots.

L-1-2 and T12-L1: no disc bulge or protusion

T11-Tqw: 2-3 mm central disc protrusion seen without foraminal narrowing or impingement on the exiting nerve roots.

Any idea how this might relate to my severe lower back pain and weakness and swelling and burning on standing in my feet?





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