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Mri Results - Opinions Please

Started by mnichols0205 on 06/21/2011 5:15pm

Ok im a 25 year old male, father of three. I have had some back pain ongoing and been going to a pain specialists. Well i just recieved my MRI results from him yesterday and this is what it states.

7mm of retrolisthesis of l4 on l5 with similar degrees on grade 1 spondylolisthesis of l5 on s1.

At l4-5 level there is mild disc bulging without herniation.

At l5-s1 level there is disc bulging or pseudobulging foraminal narrowing secondary to the spondylolisthetic deformity and disc bulging with abutment and slight flattening of the l5 nerve roots with the foramina bilaterally.

So that being said i would like ideas and opionons if anyone has been through this and what they have discovered.

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Hi hon,

Sorry to hear you've been dealing with back pain. I suppose all of us are here for the same reasons, huh?
Well, I'm certainly not an M.D., but have similiar MRI readings.
I have grade2-3 Spondylolisthesis, Spondylolysis (pars fractures), ruptured disc, and severely compressed L5 nerve roots....

Sooo...I can relate!
Mostly, from what I have learned over the years about the Spondy's is that as long as they are "stable," there isn't a huge cause for alarm. Mine flares up every so often, managed with pain meds and epidural steroid injections at the site.

In my case, my neuro says that ultimately I have to have corrective surgery, because my Spondy has become unstable (vetebrae isn't entirely attached anymore), but I'm putting it off as long as I can.

The docs I've consulted over the years (ortho and neuro) all seem to agree that it's best to postpone any back surgeries until you absolutely just cannot stand the pain any longer - or it becomes a medical emergency.

Certainly, there doesn't seem to be a quick, easy response because everyone's case is a bit different, but one thing that seems to be clear - don't take a spinal surgery lightly. It's a "big deal" type of surgery and has a crazy long recovery.

So, usually they suggest exhausting the conservative measures first - such as meds, steroids (both oral and injected), physical therapy, bracing, etc. to see if you can get it to quiet back down.

I certainly wish ya luck and keep us posted, kay?