I recently got MRI of my lumbar spine the findings were:L1,2.3, are normal with no bulge or herniation. Other than mild asymmetric right sided face arthropathy at L3,4 upper levels demonstrate no additional arthropathy or stenosis. At L4,5 this a mild disc bulging impinging on the cal sac. There is also degenerative face arthropathy with face hypertrophy. There is a degree of foraminal stenosis. At L5-S1 there is a posterior bulge minimal protrusion impinging on the central epidural structures. No definite arthropathy is seen with definite stenosis. Impression: No suspicion of neoplastic disease. There is degeneration of the L4 L5 and L5 Sl discs. A bulge at :4. :5 and a bulge or protrusion at l5-sl is suggested. There is some facet arthropathy at L4-L5 where there is also mil foraminal narrowing. Mild right sided face arthopathy at L3-L4. I had cervical spine problems had surgery removed disc and bulging at c4.5 level. is this a normal MRI of the lumbar spine. Although there is degenerative signal loss of the L4-5 and L5-S1 discs. Is this normal MRI? What is signal loss and what do L4-5 L5-S1 control in the body? Should i see a doctor about this MRI since I have cervical spine injury with Cervical Radiculopathy. It hurts when I sit too long or when stand too long the is pain in horrible. I am 46 years old, I had a job where I did heavy lifting all day and cervical spine surgery in summer (With a bulging disc at c4, 5 level) What is degenerative signalloss of the L4-5 and L5-S1 discs? I have sexual dysfunction and incontinence. I am not working now due cervical spine problems. Is t his a normal Lumbar spine MRI? My doctor called and told me to go see a orthopedic//neurosurgeon doctor immediately after looking at the result call me and said I need to see a spine specialist. However, I had fusion done on my neck just a few months ago. Thank you
Hi Dr. Rick thank you for your response I made an appointment with a neurosurgeon. My Doctor that order the MRI called me about the MRI results and she is concern about the signal loss at L 4 and L 5 level and disc protrusion at L5 S1 disc. The neurosurgeon office stated if I have any more problem before my appointment I can go to the Emergency Room. Dr. Rick do protrusion and herniation disc mean the same I often seen them use interchangeably. I also have Cervical Radiculopathy can u get in the lumbar spine area also. Thank you Dr. Rick I am in pain a lot.
Thank you for your response and you gave a great answer.
Hi Dr. Rick I saw the neurosurgeon he said that the no nerve compression on the cord and it was nothing to worry about should i get a second opinion?
Thank you I go to orthopedic doctor and maybe I can wear a cast to help push the disc back into place. You are third doctor that said I need second opinion but this is abnormal MRI! Thank you Happy Halloween