I was wondering if someone could explain to me some findings on my latest MRI report 10/05/08.
I had an anterior interbody fusion at L-4-L5 with the double barrel cages and plate with pedicle screws 02/25/08.
Findings: Sequelea of L4-L5 anterior interbody fusion are noted. There is mild body marrow edema involving the posterior halves of the L4 and L5, likely postoperative all other levels are within normal levels.
However; An MRI report 01/09/08 showed mild diffuse anular disc bulge L3-L4,and of coarse significant findings at L4-L5, mild diffuse anular disc bulge at L5-S1.
There is mild decreased T2 signal in the intervertebral discs at L3-4 and L4-5 secondary to degenerative desiccation there is mild narrowing at these levels
Impression; there are diffuse anular disc bulges at L3-4,L4-5,and L5-S1, worst at L4-5 with moderate left sided neural foraminal stenosis and mild right sided neural foraminal stenosis.
Why would the 10/05/08 MRI not show disc bulges? What is Sequelea of L4-L5 anterior interbody fusion? What is mild body marrow edema involving the posterior halves of the L4 and L5, likely postoperative. Would the degenerative desiccation at L3-4 go away? Finally why would that be post operative almost 8 months later?
I have tried to use the Internet and research this on my own and became confused and frustrated. Is this a disc disease? Do disc bulges disappear?
I've also had an anterior fusion at C5-6,C6-7. The 01/09/08 MRI showed encroachment upon the anterior left side of the thecal sac. What does that mean and can that get worse, because my neck is in almost constant pain? The pain radiates from the neck Through mid back and down through my shoulders "Kinda like the shape of a bird in flight.The head of the bird feeling like a knot".
My doctor called me after the last MRI and told me there was nothing more surgically he could do for me. That I would have to continue taking my pain medication and live with the pain "Which is quite excruciating at times" and that I may want to see a neurologist.
Would some one please help me cypher this?