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I understand your concern.
I perceive that you have been suffering from low back pain for quite some time and finally got the MRI ( magnetic resonance imaging) done. I have reviewed the MRI images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) in detail and identified some points. However, since you did not mention your specific problems, it would be difficult for me to correlate the MRI findings with your pain or other issues.
On the MRI, level-by-level analysis (please pardon the jargon) :
- [L2/L3 & L3/L4] - Flattening of posterior disc margin with indentation upon thecal sac and narrowing of lateral recesses on both sides, compressing traversing nerve root on the right side.
- [L4/L5] - Circumferential disc bulge, producing spinal canal stenosis with a narrowing of lateral recesses and neural foramina on both sides, compressing traversing nerve roots on both sides.
- [L5/S1] - Circumferential disc bulge, producing narrowing of lateral recesses and neural foramina on both sides, compressing traversing and exiting nerve roots on both sides.
In simple terms, the above description means that the discs in your spine have slipped from their normal positions and are compressing the nerves that run down the spine. The findings are most significant at L4/L5 level and may produce low back pain that shoots down your thighs. The nerve root compressions at L4/L5 and L5/S1 levels may also produce some numbness around the buttock and, in severe cases, may weaken one's control over defecation & urination. A probable diagnosis would be PLID (prolapsed lumbar intervertebral disc) and would suggest a follow-up with a spine surgeon. In the present situation, the doctor treating you may advise you on some exercise or therapy and may counsel you for surgery later.
I hope the above explanation can clarify most of your queries.
I wish you all the best for your early recovery.
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