I have backache for three years. What does my MRI suggest?

Q. I am suffering from backache due to prolonged standing. What could be the cause?

Answered by
Dr. Balakrishnan R
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 26, 2019 and last reviewed on: Aug 21, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have had backache for the last three years. I am a pilot by profession. I am suffering from pain in both my upper and lower back. On prolonged standing, I feel pain in the lower back and also under my feet, and while sitting without back support, I feel pain in the upper back. I feel pain in the upper back even if I lower my neck.

My MRI reports are,

1. Disc desiccatory changes are noted at CV2-CV3 and CV3-CV4 levels.

2. Circumferential disc bulges are noted at CV3-CV4, CV4-CV5, and CV5-CV6 levels causing compression of the thecal sac, narrowing of bilateral lateral recesses, and compression of bilateral exiting nerve roots.

3. Circumferential disc bulges are noted at LV4-LV5 and LV5-SV1 levels causing indentation of thecal sac without significant nerve root compression.

Can you please suggest to me some solutions and what sort of disease I have?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

The problems you are facing are due to excessive strain on your back and neck muscles. As you said, the reason is prolonged standing, bad posture of the back and neck. All I can advise, irrespective of what the MRI says is,

1. Avoid bad postures like reading or watching TV or relaxing or bending to lift weights and so on.

2. Avoid pillows.

3. Never sleep in a sitting position with your head stooping forward. Avoid neck cracking.

Most important is to build the paraspinal muscles. Do lots of exercises bending back. You can get it on the net. Do not plan for any surgical procedures. Till you build the muscles and till conscious about the back, you can use back support belts throughout the day and neck support collars for the night. I hope I have clarified your query, do write back if any more questions and for your feedback.

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