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can you tell me in easy to understand terms.My MRI results were L4-L5 mild disc desiccation but significant desiccation at L5-S1 There is broad based disc bulge which is predominately central.L5-S1 There is posterior disc bulge with compromise of the right neuroforamen and of the right nerve root.Conclusion: Degenerative disease with broad based bulge ay L4-L5 and L5-S1 with nerve impingment at right L5-S1what does this mean, is it perm. what can be done. I would ask a doctor but the military doctors won’t discuss it with me, im worried please advise and THANK YOU

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    WOULD YOU PLEASE SEND ME INFO ON THIS ABNORMAL FINDING IN MY SPINE. SOME KIND OF ILLUSTRATION WILL BE VERY HELPFUL FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON AT THIS LOCATION.THANK YOU.FREDA SANANI

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      can you please send me some info about my finding. here is some info from the study[MRI].Findings 1please help I am just 22 years old!!!!

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        Can you explain my results to me pleaseL3/4 L4/5 Mild disc desiccation. A small concentris disc buldge is present slightly asymmetric to the right side. There is a small infarct right lateral disc protrusion. There is mild right and mild to moderate left facet arthropathy. A small amount of fluid is present in the left facet joint. There is mild left neural foraminal narrowing.L5/S1: There is mild disc desiccation. There is Modic Tyope II discogenic change on the right side. A small concentric disc buldge is present with a far right paracentral disc protrusion. The disc protrusion measures 1cm in width projecting 2 mm beyond the vertebral body margin extending into the right neural foramen. It minimally contact the exiting right L5 nerve root. There is moderate bilateral facet arthropathy with fluid in both facet joints. There is a small linear focus of high signal in the annulus centrally consistent with annular fissure.

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    i just got my MRI report and it states disc space narrowing and disc desiccation at L4-5 with bulging of the annulus firosus. Mild bulging of the annulus with mild disc desiccation seen at L2-3 and L3-4. also…L4-5 a combination of annulus and posterior element hypertrophy with possible spinal stenosis.

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    I just saw a neurosurgeon last week for this. The more I walk,the more intense the pain. When I sit I constantly shift around trying to find a comfortable position, to no avail. The surgeon offered two options. One is a decompression, that would help ease some of the pain in my legs. Not remove, but ease. The second option was a lumbar fusion. This would only relieve part of the pain in my back. But, he actually admitted that the second option was not worth going through. He told me, in his professional opinion, he would not recommend a lumbar fusion to me. Considering what a patient would have to go through in having this type of surgery, it would not be beneficial enough to have it. In short, it would not relieve enough of my pain to make it worth all I would have to go through.

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    my MRI was the same as that with exception of left nerve root is compressed. my doctor told me that I have a torn disc and that I will prob need surgery… I see a specialist on 4-1-08

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    my MRI results are as follows.
    1) At L4-L5, mild disc bulge. (disc desiccation)
    2) At L5-S1, moderate central posterior disc protrusion. Please translate into terms to be understood by non medical personnel.
    Thanks, louie

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    1. disc space narrowing with desiccation at L4-L5 with a left parmidline disc abnormality suggesting a subligamentous extrusion producing an impression upon the L anterolateral thecal sac and associated with bilateral neuroforminal narrowing.
    2. Disc desiccation at L3-L4 with a central broad-based disc protrusion producing minimal impression ont he thecal sac, and central disc protrusion at L5-S1 associated with a minimal impression upon central thecal sac.
    3. Increased signal when the left inferior body of L4 which may reflect marrow edema. While the ossibility of other entities, including osteomyelitis, is thought unlikely, it should be considered.
    Can you help better explain this info in ‘English’ terms.
    Thank you,
    J Lowe

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    MRI report after discectomy performed at L4-5 and L5-S1. Interbody fusion plugs present and centered between endplates. Remaining discs demonstrate mild desiccation. Small amount of anterior Protrusion present at T12-L1 and L1-2.. What does this mean in laymens terms? Also I am experiencing lots of pain in left lower lumbar, ****ocks, back of thigh and knee, calf.

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    can you tell me what is this and what it mean and what it looks like. is there any thing I can do to rectify this.

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    can you explain this to me in easy terms Sagittal T1, proton dennsity, T2 and axial T1 and T2 weighed images obtained through the lumbar spine FINDINGS: Vertebral bodies have normal height and signal characteristics. The conus medullaris terminates normally. The L1-2, L2-3, L3-4 levels are within normal limits, aside from some mild hypertrophic changes of the facts and ligamentum flavum. There is more prominet hypertrophy of the ligaments of the facets at the L4-5 level. No definite herniation or foraminal stenosis is detected.At the L5-S1 level there is dis desiccation present. There is diffuse disc bulging at the L5-S1 level. No significant central or foraminal stenosis noted.IMPRESSION:1. Diffuse disc bulge L5-S1 level without significant central or foraminal stenosis2. Degenerative hypertrophic changes of the facetstell me what I can do to further, my problems to help me because I don’t seem to feel any better, and my doctor don’t realize that.

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      MRI scan showing disc dessication on L4-L5 and L5-S1. Questions:
      1. Is this a reversible process?
      2. CAn it get worse? What can it lead to?
      3. Ways to remedy this?

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    IN RESPONSE TO THE BELOW STATEMENTS…. It is permanent, you just have to be careful it doesnt become worse, and there is no solution for it YET. The only thing you can do is get a epidural steroid injection so it can relieve the pain on your muscles (if any). There is a machine out there which I can’t remember what is called but apparently it is 85% of cured cases. Its NASA developed. Good Luck, and my best wishes!!can you tell me in easy to understand terms.My MRI results were L4-L5 mild disc desiccation but significant desiccation at L5-S1 There is broad based disc bulge which is predominately central.L5-S1 There is posterior disc bulge with compromise of the right neuroforamen and of the right nerve root.
    Conclusion what does this mean, is it perm. what can be done. I would ask a doctor but the military doctors won’t discuss it with me, I’m worried please advise and THANK YOU

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    L3-L4: There is mild disc desiccation change and minor narrowing of the posterior disc space. No stenosis is seen. L4-L5: There is mild facet arthropathy, but no stenosis. The disc is preserved. L5-S1: The disc maintains normal height, but has undergone a modrate degree of hydration loss. There is mild facet arthropathy, but no appreciable nerve root impingement. There is a small linear tear of the posterior disc annuals. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN AND WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?

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    I was just wondering what are the long term problems that would occur and what can I do to treat it from becoming worse.

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      Hi, I am 23 years old and I have now had lower back pain for about 4 years. My recent MRI showed Disc desiccation at the L5-S1 level, as well as a small broad based disc herniation. This disc herniation is causing mild thecal sac flattening and also causing effacement of the perineural fat surrounding the S1 nerve root origin bilaterally. No canal, neural foraminal or lateral recess stenosis is seen. No prevertebral, paraspinal or intradural lesions are seen. No fracture or bone marrow edema is noted. No osseous destruction is seen. No spondylolisthesis is noted.
      Doctor recommended some physical therapy but thinks I will ultimately need to get spine fusion or artificial disc replacement surgery. What do you recommend?

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    I HAD AN MRI DONE THAT SHOWED SMALL CENTRAL AND RIGHTSIDED PROTRUSION OF DISC MATERIAL AT L5-S1 WITHOUT SPINAL STENOSIS.ALSO IT SHOWED DISC DESICCATION AT L5-S1 AND MILD FACET JOINT ARTHROPATHIC CHANGE WHAT DOES THIS MEAN AND IS IT SOMETHING FIXABLE? PLEASE HELP ME UNDERSTAND THIS THANKS SO MUCH

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    i had a MRI done and the results are there is a moderately large left paracentral L5-S1 disk herniation compressing the origin of the left S1 nerve and the adjacent ventral aspect of the thecal sac. It also appears to compress the exiting left L5 nerve root at the neural foramen.L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1 disk desiccation without loss of disk height is demonstrated. Can you please explain this me in laymans’ terms so I can understand?

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    I was hoping that someone would be able to give me some insight as to what my 4/28 MRI results mean. As well as what my future may hold for me and what some treatments, if any there are.. I am a 28 year-old female with no known health problems. I was involved in a car accident 2 years ago where I was rear-ended and then another one on 2/7 where I was rear-ended again. The results of my MRI are as follows Impression: -MRI of the lumbar spine shows early multi-level degenerative disc disease, most evident at L2-3 where a small, central disc herniation indents the ventral thecal sac.-At both L3 & L4, tiny left lateral disc protrusions into the neural foramen are seen without obvious nerve root compression.

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    Would you please in lay terms explain my results:Impressions as follows 1. L-1 L-2,L2-3: NEGATIVE MRI 2. MILD DISC BULGE. MILD FACET ARTHROPATATHIC CHANGES. lEFWARD FAR LATERAL T2 HYPERINTENSITY WITHIN THE PERIPHERAL MARGIN OF THE DISC LIKELY REPRESENTING TINY ANULAR RENT. mILD NARROWING OF INFERIOR ASPECTS OF NEUROFORAMEN BILATERALLY. 3. L-5 S-1: GRADE I DEGENERATIVE SPONDYLOLISTHESIS AND DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE. BILATERAL FORAMINAL STENOSIS, AT LEAST MODERATE IN SEVERITY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PROMPT RESPONCE. VICKI LADD

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      Doctor did not discuss my results from my MRI. Can ypu please help me?
      1.Desiccation of the L5-S1 disk with small focal midline disk protrussion extendiaudad to the disk space level, without evidence of gross nerve root impingement. Mild narrowing of the proximal neural foramina secondary to difuse disk bulging.
      2. dessication of the L3-4 disk.
      3. There is a small focal midline disk protrusion, best identified on the sagittal sequences extending caudad to the disk space level. Mild diffuse spondylitic dick bulging narrowing the inferior neural foramina. This MRI was done in March. I live with constant and dibilitating pain 24/7. I even dream about pain only to wake up and not be able to move or sometimes just get out of bed right away. the stiffness and pain is constant for about ten years. I am 46 years old. I work full time. I also have numbness and tingling 24/7. I have no strength left and my pain is mostly concentrated on my riht side from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. can you help me to understand what is going on? Anything would be most greatly appreciated. Thank You, Sincerely, Lisa

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    please help my MRI results said at L5-s1 there is disc desiccation with loss of disk height subalrticular protrusion causes mild left s1 root compressionl4-5 disc desiccation with loss of disk height.mild buldge and concentric annular tear.L3-4 disc dessication and disk buldge small transverse annular tear L2-3 there is disk deiccation and slight buldgeL1-2there is disc dessication shallow midline to left protrusion causes mild sac and left L2 impengement what does this mean I know I’m 30 years old and I can’t hardly move please help me

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    My MRI of the Lumbar spine results were L4-5 DISC disiccation and a broad based disc bulge .Mild lateral recess narrowing . Also L5-s1 has a central protrusion can you pleas email me and and put it to me simpler thamk you Jeff mccracken

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    I have am in a similar situation. I was diagnosed with disc desiccation at the L4-L5 level. I also had a hemi-laminectomy at L5-S1 5 years ago for a herniated L5-S1. I am currently 25 and was seperated from the military for back/leg pain. I am being told be my current Dr. that I am likely to be requiring a second surgery. The Doctor just put me on a heavy regimine of medication. I am currently seeking second opinions.

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      Ihave been diagnosed with multilevel disk desiccation though out the lumbar region there is grade 2 spondylolisthesis of L5-S1 with sever desiccation of this disk .

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    dear sir I have diagnosed disc desiccation between L4 -L5 now I am feeling pain on my right thigh .my doctor don’t wana to do any surgery etccould you help me out.

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    I have been told I have DDD at L4-L5 on an x-ray then I had a MRI done and it showed that I have disc desiccation in the same spot and L3-L4 L5-S1. I read that it is the begining stages of DDD. I have all of that plus annular tears at L4-L5 and L5-S1, Severe canal narrowing, Bilateral L-5 nerve compression and right side S-1 nerve is touching the disc. I am also bordering on Epidural Lipomatosis from Epidural fat in my Lumbar spine. I have been told several times that I am to young and don’t way have as much as the people that have even close to the problems I do. I am only 29 years old that is 6′ 230. I am in constant pain my doctor has told me there is nothing that he can do for me. I talked to a surgen and he said that I am to young to have these problems and he also thinks I have close to the same problems in my neck and is sending me for another MRI next friday. I am unable to work Social Security Disability has told me twice so far that I am not able to get Disability though them I am working on the third appeal now I am already getting VA disability and working on getting more though them my back goes out at least 1 week every other month if not more. I was told by DAV that if I appealed my back that I would not be able to get any extra for my back but I am also getting shooting pain all the way down to my feet that I should be able to get money out of. I am just wondering how bad do you have to be before these people realize that we are in severe pain? They keep telling me that I can sit all day long at a job for me sitting sometimes hurts more then standing since sitting puts more pressure on my lower back then standing. I would get a lawyer but I don’t want to get a lawyer when I have already been waiting for my disability for over a year now and have them come in and work for 1 day and get paid for over the full year that I have been doing everything. It is just messed up how the government and lawyers work. Anyone have any info that might help me in either my pain or help with social security I would really like to hear from you.

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    My MRI of the Lumbar spine results were L4-L5 DISC disiccation and a broad based disc bulge on right side. I am student as well as I am doing work of dishwasher as parttime can u advice me should I stop work.

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      I have a broad-based disc bulge with bilateral degenerative foraminal narrowing is demonstrated at the L5–S1 level. With no focal disc herniation or central canal stenosis is demonstrated at this level. Sinal changes consistent with disc desiccation are present within the L5–S1 disc space on the T2 weighted sagittal images.
      Please explain this to me, Thanks.

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    I have just found out that I have disc desiccation at L5 – S1 with a broad-based right paracentral disk protrusion present but without evidence of effacement of the thecal sac or direct nerve root impigement. And I don’t really know what all this means so I am hoping someone can tell me.

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    I was told I have a mild disc desiccation on my L4, L5 associated with a small annular tearand a left paracentral disc protrusion. I was referred to see a quiropractor but in 45 days I only had 6 sesions. My back sometimes get so tied the it feels like someone its puching into it. What I should do. Thanks

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    I was told i have slight disc desiccation in l4 and l5 lumbar every thing else is normal I am in a great deal of pain from my lower back into my right hip what is causeing it. Please help me if you can

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    There is disc desiccation and mild disc space narrowing at L3-4. There is a small broad based disc protrusion at this level which causes only mild sac effacement. At L5-S1 there is advanced DDD with disc space narrowing. There is grade 1 spondylolisthesis. This combined with a moderate sized broad based protrusion is producing moderate to severe bilateral forminal stenosis right greater than left. Slight fattenilng of the exiting L5 nerve roots is identified bilaterally. There is edema within bone marrow of the L5 ans S1 vertebral bodies consistent with abnormal motion.

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      I have been diagnosed with a progressive endplate degeneration with underlying disc csace narrowing and desiccation. WHAT? Help. Cann you give me some insite on this.Thank you

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