Picked up MRI report today on neck and back

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mercyme
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   Posted 10/5/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
 
    Hi, I just got back from the doctor's office, picked up my MRI on my neck and back.  Here is what the test showed L4-5 there is a severe disc degeneration. There appears to be a broad-base  disc protrusion at this level extending into the left lateral recess.  There does  does appear to be a component of the left L5 nerve root compression in the lateral recess.  The L5-S1 disc is normal in contour and the spinal canal at this level is widely patent.
 
Mild disc degeneration and minimal disc bulging at T12-L1 and L1-2
 
There is no evidence of spinal stenosis. Intervertebral disc are normal in height.  There is a foraminal stenosis bilaterally at C6-7 moderate degree.  No significant foraminal narrowing is identified elsewhere.
 
There is also evidence of Moderate-To-Severe Right C3-4
 
 
I'm not so sure what all this means yet, but to me it doesn't sound to good.  What are your opinions?   I am wondering what treatment I should go with??   The sciatica really bothers me, sometimes it feels like someone is jabbing me with a knife in the buttocks area and down my leg.  Thanks for any input :-)
 
 
God Bless,
 
Mercyme
 
 
 

mercyme
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   Posted 10/5/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
didn't finish my sentense, lol

There is also evidence of Moderate To Severe Right C3-4 Foraminal Narrowing again due to Uncovertebral Joint Spurring. What causes the spurring??

Thanks,

Mercyme

mercyme
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   Posted 10/5/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Gramps I appreciate you taking the time to read my post. Yeah I didn't like the word severe being used either. Lord knows I don't want surgery. I go next Tuesday to talk to a Pain mangement doctor, she mentioned the tens unit maybe. I'm thinking maybe try more therpy then if that doesn't do the trick then we will go to the next thing.

I spoke to a friend at my church who is a PT she says sciatica can be fixed without surgery and she was willing to give me a free consult to discuss my condition. didn't know sciatica could be treated without surgery, but hey I'm willing to here what she has to say.

Again Thanks Gramps,

Mercyme

mercyme
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   Posted 10/5/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
  
 
    Gramps, just wanted to say thank you again, you are so sweet to take the time to reply to so many post.  You seem very knowledgeable about the topic as well. unfortunately you know the pain all to well I'm sure. 
 
    God Bless,
 
    Mercyme
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