mri report on lumbar spine

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   Posted 9/19/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone.  I am new here and wanted to see if anyone knew anything about mri reports.   I got the copy of results and am confused.
Multilevel degenerative change and degenereative disc disease with multilevel mild impressions on the ventral aspects of the thecal sac and multilevel disc bulges into the neural foramina with impingement of the left l2 and l3 roots, and with bulging disc material in apposition to the exiting l4 root, though this root is not definitely displaced or compressed. 
I am 57 female who exercises alot.  Have had pain in lower left side with pain down left leg for a few years.  Just got epidural steroid injection into l3 and l4.  Do not see a doctor to explain this until a couple weeks.  Just wondering about the results. 
thank you

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   Posted 9/20/2008 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi rihutjah and welcome!

You and I are about the same age and have some similar problems. I'm not a doctor nor would ever even pretend to know the details of an MRI...but what I see on this is in a couple of places the disk has either collapsed or is bulging out and pinching on the nerves root. The nerves in that area go all the way down the leg and into the foot. That's one very long nerve and the same one I have problems with. It can also cause buttock pain.

If you have a diagnosis of Degenerative Disk Disease that means the disks are getting worse and worse with time. I'm not sure what they can do about stopping the degeneration but you do meed treatment. Make sure you get a specialist you can work with and go cautiously if they start talking surgery.

Good luck,
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   Posted 9/22/2008 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you so much for your reply.  I found some useful information on the site also.  It is so confusing as to what is causing the pain and what is not.  I had 2 injections and the pain is greatly reduced.  Going to physical therapy also. 

Again, thank you, and good luck

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   Posted 9/22/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
If you go to google and type in the different findings you will get a definition in layman's terms you can understand. That is what I did on the parts I didn't fully grasp.
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