MY MRI findings from 2009

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badreflux
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   Posted 5/10/2012 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand no one here is a doctor and I wont take anything as medical advice but which of these do you think is causing me so much lower back, butt and leg pain.. my docs think that none of these are too painful I disagree ..also I have awful pains when I sit on a hard chair feels like I am sitting on a golf ball even if I sit in the car to long I have this pain I think its seperate from this mri stuff it also puts pressue inside on my bowls about a inch or two from my rectum ..if I sit on my tailn=bone for to long it even had giving me open sores but its not like the bones poking through I thought it was pinal cyst had it checked but it wasn't..anyways just wanted to see if I could get any feedback on what this MRI means to you..Thank you so much .. while my whole lower back hurts burns and is sore I only have the awful pain in my left leg ..one other thing is back in 1998 or so I slipped on our stairs and feel on my tailbone hard and wasnt able to sit for a very long time after that ..we had no insuance so I never went to the doctors for it ..it seemed to clear up and be fine then in 2003 I was digging up weeds in the yard something in my back popped I was in so much pain I went to a chryropractor he adjusted it made it about 100 times worse and I have had pain every day from that point on except for when I was pregnant ..the only other times I have been pain free was when I have been on steroids for a breathing problems I was having ..I wish steroids were not so dangerous because I would love to just be on those forever

Lumbar vertebrea are normal in height..
disk space maintained..
invertabral disks normal
L3 L4 normal
neural foramina are patent

L4L5 small broad based posterior disk bulge..Mild facet hypertrophy is present.The midline thecal sac dimension is 10mm There is moderate narrowing of the right and left neural forminia

L5 S1 small based posterior disk bulge,Mild facet hypertrophy is present.The midline thecal sac dimension is maintained. The neural foramina are patent

Impression:
Degenerative disk disease and facet spondylosis at the level L4 L5 A broad based posterior disk bulge contures the ventral thecal sac..there is moderate narrowing of both neural foramina at this level

L5 S1 small based posterior disk bulge

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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/10/2012 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, none of us can even speculate on your pain or read your MRI....

You really need to find a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon or Neurosurgeon....And most likely, they will want to get a new MRI as you say this is from 2009. So there could be changes.

Also, an MRI only tells a small part of the story....

If you took a random 100 people off the street over 30yrs old....Almost all of them would show changes and some disc issues....even Degenerative Disc Disease.....but many of them have absolutely no pain at all...

And someone with hardly anything on their MRI...can have terrible pain.

So it's really about finding a Dr. who is looking at the whole picture and works with you on helping find answers.

We can certainly empathize with your pain though....Sending you some gentle hugs...(( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

straydog
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   Posted 5/10/2012 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I am afraid Snowbunny is right, this is such an old MRI and things do change. From what you describe I would not be surprised of nerve involvment at all, that is some of the symptoms. In the future is you could get a new MRI, then I would asked to be referred to a neurosurgeon. A neurosurgeon has more training when it comes to dealing with nerve issues. An orthopedic's specialty is more of the bones and structure.

I sure hope you can get something done.....Susie
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badreflux
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   Posted 5/10/2012 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah that's what the docs I have seen so far have said :-( I did make a appointment with my primary doc for next week spacificly so I can be referred to a neurosurgen hate that I have to pay another $130 bucks just so they can send a referral ...oh well hopefully I will get a answer ...

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/10/2012 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you not have any insurance? It sounds as if you do with the referral...but it's confusing if you have to pay for the appt...

If for some reason it is out of pocket...Tell the Dr. and they can lower the price significantly....Maybe even for free as it's a quick referral.

So....be sure to speak up!!!

Keep us posted.
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

spinal soldier
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   Posted 5/10/2012 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
i am not a radiologist but i have had a few surgeries and looked at tons of imaging with different doctors. it is obvious you have some cord compression and your facet joints from L4-S1 are arthritically enlarged and at 4,5 the exiting nerve canals are hung up from normal. all this equals to me pain! not all physicians see the same thing in the MRI films, i had my first surgery with a similar problem as what you have.

straydog
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   Posted 5/10/2012 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
BadReflux be prepared for the neurosurgeon to tell you that a new MRI is needed before he can tell you anything. He will want to see the old MRI films along with new ones for comparison. Most want MRI's no more than a year old. I do hope you can get things going to get some better answers.

Take care....Susie
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badreflux
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   Posted 5/11/2012 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
oh we do have insurance but havnt met our deductsble of $3500.00 yet then it covers at 80% just that beggining of the year thing that we do every year :-) and I am ready for a new MRI and a new set of eyes to look it over that knows everything there is to know about backs that why I want to go to the neuro after feeling how aweful it was yesterday I got really scared because well after not really dealing with it other than pain meds I am scared I will end up in a wheelchair or something and there is so much more I want to do in life if possable ..thank you so much spinal soldier for your input I am not a generaly whiny drama cry over every little bump and bruise person but this has just taken every bit of extra pain threshold I have out of me ...I am willing to do any test they want me to I don't even care what it cost to get to the bottem.of this so I can try to have a better quality of life ...or at least have a justifiable reason to be on pain meds besides just spunding like a whiny crybaby ....thanks so much everyone for your input it really means a lot to me ...

straydog
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   Posted 5/11/2012 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
BadReflux no one here thinks you are whining. We have no doubt that you are suffering and in pain. We do not judge anyone here or make comparisons on who hurts the most of who has the most wrong with them. Never discount your pain.

Keep us posted and when you need to get things off your chest or feel bad come here and tell us about it. Take care...Susie
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badreflux
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   Posted 5/11/2012 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you
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