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    What does an MRI scan of the lumbar spine (low back) show?

    Posted by John Holden on Sun, Mar 08, 2009

    MRI lumbar spineMRI scans are frequently used to evaluate the internal structures of the lumbar spine, also known as the low back. A variety of trends have increased the use of MRI in evaluating the spine - more sports activity, increase in obesity rates, and we've remained much more active into our later years than previous generations.

    If you've injured your back or have chronic back pain, your doctor will probably first order an x-ray. After an x-ray, an MRI may be needed to evaluate the internal structures of the lumbar spine. On your doctor's order for the MRI you might see:

    "r/o disc disease" -  this refers to the discs that act as shock absorbers between the vertebral bodies of the spine. They can be injured or "flatten" over time and bulge and press on nerve roots.

    "r/o herniation"- this refers to a disc herniation. If the outer part of the disc tears, a jelly like substance can escape out (aka herniate) and cause radiating pain or weakness in the leg and foot.

    "r/o stenosis" - this refers to narrowing of the spinal canal and openings for the nerve roots. Bulging discs and other degenerative changes of the spine can narrow the spinal canal, causing back pain.

    (FYI - "r/o" is short for "rule out")

    An MRI of the lumbar spine will evaluate:


    A lumbar spine MRI will include the lumbar vertebral bodies, lamina, facets, spinous process and parts of the lower thoracic spine and the upper sacral spine. The lumbar spine MRI can detect bone fractures, tumors, infection and evaluate post-surgical changes. An MRI can also determine the extent of degenerative changes (arthritis) and be used for pre-operative planning for spinal fusion.


    Lumbar spine MRIs are very good at looking at the discs between your vertebral bodies. A lumbar spine MRI can detect disc flattening, bulges, herniations, and infection (aka discitis).

    Spinal Canal and Neural Foramina

    Spinal nerves travel down through the spinal canal and leave at each level of the lumbar spine. The nerves leave the canal through holes called the neural foramina. The canal and these exit points can be blocked and cause pain or leg and foot weakness.

    Conus and Nerve Roots

    The conus is the end of the spinal cord - it looks like a cone with many nerve roots extending from it. A lumbar spine MRI is very good at detecting tumors, inflammation or impingement on these structures.

    Soft Tissues

    This refers to the muscles and tissues around your lumbar spine. The lumbar spine MRI can detect infections, fluid collections and tumors of these structures.

    Your Lumbar Spine MRI Scan

    A lumbar spine MRI generally takes about 20-30 minutes or so to complete. If you are going for one, wear loose comfortable clothing and remember to remove all metal (jewelry, phones, rings, etc) before going into the MRI scan room. If you've had surgery or have a history of cancer, you'll probably have the test done with MRI contrast.

    If you're insured, you may need to have your test authorized (approved) by your insurance company first. If you're uninsured and need to look up prices and buy an MRI scan of the lumbar spine, you can use our website to look up MRI scan costs.

    Have you had a Lumbar Spine MRI scan? What was it like? Please leave your comments below.

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    I've had several lumbar mri's and one thing to think about is...if you are having lower back pain then laying flat is often uncomfortable. Ahead of time ask for a pillow to put under your knees. This makes the test much more comfortable for you. Don't be afraid to ask. Most techs are very nice.

    posted @ Monday, March 23, 2009 9:27 PM by Angie

    What would be the frequency in which one would get another MRI done (for spinal eval)...ex: no change in s/y, just no relief of pain from any treatment measures anymore. last MRI was 9 months ago. Is it appropriate for another MRI to be done again???

    posted @ Thursday, May 07, 2009 11:51 AM by lisa

    Probably not the answer you're looking for but it depends on your symptoms, what therapy you've undergone, your doctor's recommendations, etc. Patients do get their MRIs repeated after a short period of time if there has been recent injury, surgery or a sudden change in their symptoms.

    posted @ Thursday, May 07, 2009 12:06 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I had a lumbar spine MRI in 2003 which resulted in a dx of spinal stenosis, requiring a lumbar laminectomy and fusion of L4/5. I now have pain on the opposite side which is barely lessened by Vicodin. I go for an MRI today. The procedure is nothing; it's the results I'm concerned about!

    posted @ Saturday, June 06, 2009 8:14 AM by Shelley M. Saunders

    I had a lumbar spine MRI in May this year, which took about 30 minutes. Although there wasn't much space, I closed my eyes and tried to relax. My breathing was very heavy at first, but as I relaxed it slowed down, which was good as I though I must be moving too much. I agree with Angie about getting a cushion to put under your knees. I was told that the MRI scan is only current for 3 months, after which I would need a new one, if I decided to go for the suggested decompression (laminectomy)and fusion surgery. How did you get on Shelley?

    posted @ Saturday, September 19, 2009 10:57 AM by Lindsey

    I'm having a "MRI Lumbosacral Spine w/o contrast" report as following : 
    Decreased lumbar lordosis is seen. 
    Vertebral bodies are normal in shape, signal and alignment. 
    A small T1 and T2 high signal intensity focus suggestive of small hemangioma is seen in L2 vertebral body. 
    Decrease of T2 signal intensity in L4/L5 and L5/S1 intervertebral disks indicates dehydration. 
    Small focal central protrusion are seen at L4/L5 and L5/S1 levels. 
    Bone marrow signal changes in L5/S1 vertebral bodies is due to degenerative disk desease. 
    Conus medullaris as well as cauda equina apprea normal. 
    Cold you please explain what my disease is, and let me know what the report means 

    posted @ Sunday, January 24, 2010 12:21 PM by Reza

    Lindsay asked how I got along after my laminectomy with fusion. 
    I got along fine with that. It was the push I needed to quit smoking as well. I did and I am so glad. Now, unfortunately, I have Lung cancer which has metastasized to bone and liver so I have spinal tumors which had to be radiated. Prognosis is not good.

    posted @ Tuesday, January 26, 2010 5:16 PM by Shelley

    I'm am having a MRI an MRA of the Lumbar which my back isn't hurting and I have osteopenia. I don't know what they are looking for. My insurance denied my PET scan of the same region

    posted @ Tuesday, February 23, 2010 1:02 PM by Connie

    I just read your post. I wish you well, and hope that they manage to keep you comfortable and feeling well. 
    Take care

    posted @ Thursday, February 25, 2010 7:52 AM by Lindsey

    my pain is in my left glut area. will a lower lumbar MRI cover this area?

    posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2010 6:17 PM by lynn

    A lumbar spine MRI doesn't cover the gluteal area. But gluteal pain can be caused by disc bulges and narrowing in the lumbar spine.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2010 7:00 PM by Ravi Sohal

    my left glut pain in worse when i lay down, which is only at bed time. no possition to find relief. i have degentive disk dias. and ostoarthitis, but this is sharp stabing pain.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 09, 2010 7:19 PM by lynn

    Does a lower lumber MRI still show if there is a problem if I am not having pain at the time of the MRI?

    posted @ Saturday, March 13, 2010 4:06 PM by Marla

    I have killed my back. I can't get up or out of bed without help. 
    I have an MRI approval from my insurance but the hospital is telling me that I need to wait 8 weeks, as I had surgery on my eye on 2/8. I can't wait and I don't understand why I would have to wait. 
    I know I have herniations at L4-L5 and S1. Anyone know why you must wait? I work at the hospital, and I have to do a lot of bending and reaching and I can't see where I can do that tomorrow. 
    Thanks in advance for your help. 

    posted @ Sunday, March 21, 2010 6:25 PM by Karen

    I had an MRI of the lumbar spine. The radiology department said that with the order being lumbar spine area, they do not go to other areas such as to look for tumors elsewhere in the body. Do they automatically scan the whole body before doing the area that was ordered by the doctor?

    posted @ Monday, March 22, 2010 7:46 PM by Ellen Stevens

    Spine Surgeon sending me to pain management, says I’m not a canidate for surgery at this time. Not sure what he meant? 
    There is desiccation and narrowing of intervertebral discs from level of L3 through S1. 
    At the level of L1-2, there is no evidence of focal disc protrusion or significant canal or neural foramina stenosis. 
    At the level of L2-3, the intervertebral disc is mildly circumferentially bulging with an element of early vertebral osteopthytic ridging circumferentially. Disc changes are very slightly asymmetric to the left and cause fattening and mild indentation of the anterior margin of the thecal sac without canal stenosis. There is bilateral facet hypertrophy which is slightly more prominent on the right. The disc/osteophyte complex does mildly contact the exiting right L2 root within the foremen. 
    At the level of L3-4, there is moderate bilateral facet hypertrophy. The intervertebral disc is desiccated and circumferentially bulging, slightly asymmetric to the left. There is a tiny fluid-filled annular tear in the central disc margin. The disc material mildly indents the anterior margin of the thecal sac, slightly asymmetric to the left. The combination of disc bulging and facet hypertrophy causes minimal narrowing of the inferior aspect of bilateral neural foramina without direct nerve root compromise. 
    At the level of L4-5, there is postsurgical change related to previous laminectomies. The intervertebral disc is narrowed and mildly circumferentially bulging with an element of early circumferentially vertebral osteophytic ridging. There is no significant mass effect on the thecel sac or evidence of overall canal stenosis. Disc/osteophyte complex formation extends into both neural foramina causing a mild degree of narrowing, slightly greater on the right with direct contact with the exiting right L4 root at the foramina exit.  
    At the level L5-S1, the inervertebral disc is mildly bulging without evidence of focal protrusion of significant canal or neural foramina stenosis.  
    The post contrast images demonstrate subtle enhancing surgical scar in the laminectomy defects at L4, slightly greater on the left without evidence of significant mass effect on the thecal sac or arising nerve roots. 
    A fatty fllum is present, best seen in the sagittal plane (series 3 image 6) measuring approx. 3.9 cm in length x 0.4 cm in max. width. The conus terminates in normal position, however.  
    There is no gross abnormality seen in the parespinal soft tissues. 
    Alignment of the cervical vertebrae is normal. The vertebral bodies are normal in height. No areas of significant marrow signal alteration are identified in the vertebrae. 
    At the level of C2-C3, there is no disc protrusion or canal or neural foraminal narrowing. 
    At the level of C3-C4, there is no focal disc protrusion. There is moderate right and mild left neural foraminal narrowing due to uncinate and facet hypertrophy.  
    At the level of C4-C5, there is bilateral uncinate and facet hypertrophy causing minimal narrowing of the right neural foramen. The left neural foramen is patent. There is mild disc bulging flattening the anterior margin of the thecal sac. 
    At the level of C5-C6, there is minimal disc bulging flattening the anterior margin of the thecal sac without focal protrusion or cord impingement. There is early uncinate and facet hypertrophy bilaterally causing subtle narrowing of the caliber of the bilateral neural foramina without direct compromise of the exiting roots. 
    At the level of C6-C7, there is no evidence of focal disc protrusion or canal or neural foraminal stenosis. 
    At the level of C7-T1, there is no disc protrusion or canal or neural foraminal stenosis. 
    No areas of signal alteration are seen within the spinal cord. The visualized portions of the posterior fossa and craniocervical junction are grossly normal. 
    No abnormality is seen within the visualized paraspinal soft tissues. 

    posted @ Friday, April 09, 2010 9:31 PM by James

    How far up does a lumbar MRI go? In addition to the pain by the lower part of my spine, I also have pain/aches/tightness in the side muscles almost half way up my back (above the bottom of my rib cage). My insurance is scheduling the appointment, so it most likely won't be at the same clinic I have been going to so there will be no communication between the doctor and the technician before hand. I'm just wondering if they are going to be able to see that part.

    posted @ Thursday, April 15, 2010 3:03 PM by Joe

    I have been suffering from chronic lower back pains since Dec 2008 when I slipped and landed awkwardly with both feet in the air. I had physio treatment which I did not respond to therefore my physiotherapist reffered me back to my GP who sent me for an X-ray which came back saying no abnormility found.  
    Beacuse pain kept on persisting I was reffered to a orthopeadic specialist who sent me for an MRI scan. The company which carried out my MRI was an independant company. Because I got an appointment date for follow up with specialist 2 months after my scan had been done my GP requested my MRI scan results because my health condition had gone so bad I could not sit stand or sleep.  
    The findings from the scan were as follows: Loss of central hyperintensity withing the lumbar intervertebral disc of L3-4 to L5-S1 suggestive of disc dehydration. Dorsobilateral disc bulging at L 2-3, L 3-4, L 4-5 and L 5-S1 level without severe involvement of both nerual foramina. Degenerative changes at the facet joints noted and mild thickening of the ligamentum flavurn at the lower lumbar levels which are age related. No signal pattern change within the lumbar vertebrae despite schmorl nodules at the upper lumbar spine. The conus medullaris is of normal size. Shape and location and has no signal alterations. 
    Dorsobilateral disc bulging at L 2-3, L 3-4, L 4-5 and L 5-S1 level without severe involvement of both nerual foramina 
    Depending on accute pain. Pain clinic referral matbe helpful. 
    My GP managed to bring forward my appointment date with specialist. When I went to see specialist he askd what do I reckon is wrong with me? I replied saying based on MRI scan report I have a disk bulge. He said the above report findings are incorrect. the quality of the scans are not clear and also that the report is made up and he has written to the company to stop writing false reports. 
    Due to my symptoms stabbing pain in lower back and numbness in toes he said that he will send me for another MRI scan. 
    The findings from second MRI scan were: 
    MRI Spine lumbar and sarcal: poor quality scan due to patient movement. No abnormility seen. 
    I visited the pain clinc and the Dr was confused due to two diff MRI reports, however she said the Orthopeadics consultant has the final say as he specialises in that field. 
    The pain I am experiencing makes me feel as though I have a trapped nerve. 
    The Dr at the pain clinic after thorough examination said my lower back is very tender and I have bad muscle spasm. she is refering me for physio and accupunture and told me to use a Tens machine. 
    I have been or very strong pain killers for 1 year. starting from diclofence to co drydamol leading to tramadol and amititrypline and eventually onto diazapam. I have now been presecribed baclofenec. 
    I feel so dopey and like a zombie. I find it difficult to remember things and feel so down stressed and depressed. 
    Can you offer me any advice? 
    Can all this pain i am experiencing be just down to muscle spasm? 
    I look forward to hearing from you soon. 
    Kind Regards 

    posted @ Tuesday, May 04, 2010 6:03 PM by Sayed


    posted @ Friday, May 21, 2010 2:24 PM by BRENDA

    Can you elaborate? What did the report say. The word "holes" in lumbar spine report would be unusual...are they referring to "lytic bone lesions"?

    posted @ Friday, May 21, 2010 9:34 PM by Ravi Sohal

    At L4-L5 there is a left foraminal annular tear seen as an area od the linear hyperintensity in the T2-weighted images at the posterior annular margin at the level of the foramen. There is mild dic dehydration at L4-L5 suggesting mild degenerative change. Can someone tell me what this means? I have been in alot of pain from this.

    posted @ Friday, May 28, 2010 4:16 PM by Suann O

    Annular tears are early "breaks" in the tough fibrous part of the disc. Think of it as the shell around a jelly donut. Once this completely breaks it can result in a disc herniation - that is the jelly part leaks out.  
    Annular tears can cause pain and sometimes the disc itself bugles and presses on a nearby nerve root. It sounds like that might be the case in your MRI.

    posted @ Friday, May 28, 2010 4:49 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Thank you Ravi Sohal. Your help 
    is appreciated. Suann O

    posted @ Saturday, May 29, 2010 3:15 PM by Suann Okun

    What does the comment W/O mean on a lumbar MRI.

    posted @ Saturday, June 05, 2010 2:19 AM by Gary Johnston

    The "w/o" stands for "without". So your doctor has ordered your Lumbar Spine MRI without contrast.

    posted @ Monday, June 07, 2010 5:38 PM by Ravi Sohal

    ive had lower back pain for over 12wks now im being sent for a mri scan next week but when i walk sometimes it sounds like bones banging together my doctors thinks i might have disloged dics im not sure what to make of the bones banging ant ideas

    posted @ Wednesday, June 09, 2010 7:18 AM by sharon

    It could be that your lumbar spine discs are very dehydrated and you have abnormal motion in the spine. The grinding feeling could be related to that and muscle spasm or tightening of ligaments.

    posted @ Thursday, June 10, 2010 1:54 PM by Ravi Sohal

    If you lay in more comfortable position with pillows under knees will it show the painful position's causes as easily. Seems that position would effect bone posture and there fore causes of pain???

    posted @ Tuesday, July 06, 2010 1:21 PM by Teresa

    That is a very good observation. The position of the spine lying down could potentially mask a large disc bulge. There are some facilities that have standing MRIs to look for this.

    posted @ Tuesday, July 06, 2010 11:46 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Following are the comments from MRI. 
    * Sacralization of L5. 
    * Evidence of bony spinal canal stenosis extending from L3 through L5. 
    Can any one know the treatment for this. Is surgery mandatory for this problem. 
    * Degenerative discovertebral changes. 
    * Diffuse posterior disc bulge at L3-L4, L4-L5 & L5-S1 causing 
    thecal sac compression with narrowing of bilateral neural foramina.

    posted @ Thursday, July 29, 2010 8:30 PM by Sanjay

    Many patients opt to try to treat their pain with medication, steroids and strengthen their back muscles, etc.  
    The decision for surgery is quite complex and ultimately depends on your pain level and if there are any signs of weakness (for example, foot drop). This is one you need to discuss with your surgeon and understand all of the risks and benefits of surgery.

    posted @ Saturday, July 31, 2010 2:07 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Hi Ravi, 
    Thanks for your response. Doctor gave medicine for 10 days and asked to go for physiotherapy for 1 week. Then he will take a decision. Do you know any side effects with the surgery, i mean post surgery. Let me know if you have idea.. Thanks. 

    posted @ Saturday, July 31, 2010 3:08 PM by Sanjay

    Hi Ravi, 
    Could you please let me know if a surgery would be required for the below MRI Lumbar spine observation... Let me know the best way to overcome this bad scenario. 
    Technique:T2, T1 Sagittals, T2,T1 Axials, STIR, T1 Coronals. 
    - Vertebral body alignment is normal. 
    - Vertebral bodies are normal in height signal intensity. 
    - Marginal osteophytes and disc dessication at multiple levels. 
    - Diffuse disc buldge from L3-L4 to L5-S1 with indentation over the cal sac and causing mild to moderate narrowing of bilateral lateral recess/foramen impinging on exiting nerve roots more so at L4-L5. 
    - The spinal cord shows normal signal intensity. 
    - No intraspinal or exta spinal mass lesion. 
    - Pre and paraspinal soft tissues are normal. 
    - Both sacroiliac joints are normal. 
    - Both sacroiliac joints are normal. 
    - Facet joints are normal. 
    Impression:- MR image morphology is in favour of  
    * Degenrative changes in the spine. 
    * Diffuse disc buldge from L3-L4 to L5-S1 with indentation over thecal sac and causing mild to moderate narrowing of bilateral lateral recess/foramen impinging on exiting nerve roots more so at L4-L5. 
    Please help. 

    posted @ Sunday, August 15, 2010 1:24 AM by Murali

    Murali and Sanjay - 
    Murali - Hard to say without looking directly at the images. But I would say you have mild to moderate disease in the spine. This may not be significant enough to warrant surgery. However, it depends on your pain level and whether you have muscle weakness. 
    Sanjay - There are many surgical risks including infections, paralysis, etc. However, continued or worsening pain is also a post-surgical "complication." Scar tissue can form around the nerve roots resulting in long term or chronic pain.

    posted @ Monday, August 16, 2010 1:14 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Hi Ravi, 
    Thanks for your response.  
    - Sanjay

    posted @ Tuesday, August 17, 2010 9:07 PM by Sanjay

    i am in constant chronic back painlytic lesions in Lumbar 2 from 26 operations,gsw to the spine t6t7,broken several bones,,trown out a car after be paralized. what is good for my back pain whats good pain meds besides Gabpentine

    posted @ Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:23 AM by ron

    I was hurt in a work related injury in July 2010 and im in so much pain at times that i am unable to hardly move. i have been seen by several drs and have been told different things by each of them...I got a mri on September 8 and an ortho surgeron said theres nothing wrong yet he ordered an EMG...i am in therapy twice a week and yet find it not working...I am unable to lay on my back..i am lucky that i get about 3 hours of sleep a day due to the you have any advice? i have even used a tens unit and find no help with the pain...

    posted @ Wednesday, October 06, 2010 8:06 PM by Summer Woolman

    Hi im due to go and have my first mri scan and i dnt knw wat to expect. I want to knw if it hurts, and how long it takes until u get ur results after the mri scan. thank u for reading

    posted @ Thursday, October 21, 2010 11:36 AM by kath

    i have had an mri scan by two differant hospitals first saying nothing shows of anything out of the ordinary, Yet the registrar who said he could read the scans showed me what he said was a trapped nerve in L3/L4 snf jry the second hospital has shown a significant disc protrusion or nerve root compression has not been demonstrated so i will be seing the back surgeon to see what he has to say. the pain raidiatesdown the back of my left leginto my foot, my leg sometimes gaves way and it affects my calf muscle. who's word do i take as correct in this matter the surgeon, registrar, or the people who read the mri's for a living?????? can any one shed some light on this matter. every little helps

    posted @ Wednesday, October 27, 2010 6:16 PM by norma

    I have been having chronic lower back pain for weeks, i swim competitively on a college swim team and the athletic trainer ordered an MRI and we had x-rays, both came back normal however i am still having bad back pain. they are having a bone scan done. what do you think of that? will it be able to tell me more than the MRI?

    posted @ Thursday, October 28, 2010 6:14 PM by caitlin Towe

    I had surgery about a year ago on my L4 and L5 (discopathy) and i am still having alot of pain in the same areas as before the surgery. I went an had a follow up CT scan to see if there was something wrong again and the CT scan showed a mass in the space where my disc used to be. Now I have to go and get a MRI to see excatly what it is. Just wondering if this is normal after surgery?

    posted @ Saturday, October 30, 2010 7:59 AM by lisa

    i had a MRI scan about 3 months ago and it showed nothing i have constant pain in the middle of my right butt cheek that feels like muscle pain but i don't think they took the image low enough because they should have found something. can anyone help me

    posted @ Saturday, October 30, 2010 10:12 AM by Zack

    im getting an mri thursday. my back has been killing me for like 3 months now. it was my upper back but now it is my lower back. i fall and twist a lot because of soccer. they think it is a stress fracture. i wake up at night because of it. and it hurts to walk. its likea stabbing, achy pain. certain areas kill when touched. any ideas?

    posted @ Wednesday, November 03, 2010 8:30 AM by Samantha

    I had got my wife MRI done,report is like this:- 
    VERTEBRA::There is straightening of lumbar curve.----The vertical bodies and posterior elements show normal alignment,size,shape and signal intensity. No evidence of abnormal marrow signal/bony destruction. No evidence of spondylysis.The facet points are normal. 
    INTERVERTIBRAL DISC ;;;There is a presence of disc dessication involving disc between L4-L5 Vertebra. There is presence of annular tear at L4-5 Vertbra. There is mild impression over theca with mild bilateral neural foramina compromise. 
    NO significant disc hemination/osteophytic compression seen at any level in lumbar spine. 
    SPINAL CANAL;;;;The bony centeral spinal canal dimensions are within normal limits. No evidence of primary canal stenois. The lower cord,contus,cauda equina appears normal The paraspinal soft tissues appear normal.

    posted @ Thursday, November 25, 2010 3:09 AM by SURINDER

    I request you to please give me an advise, my mother is suffering from a LUMBER SPONDYLOTIC CHANGES AS MULTIPLE DISC DEGENERATION. 
    Sir I want to know about the proper treatment, is it can be cure by medicine, or their should be operation treatment. 
    sir please reply me. 
    I shall be highly thankfull to you 

    posted @ Sunday, November 28, 2010 6:07 AM by smita

    Hello would like to discuss the fact that for the last 6 months I have been in constant pain stared in my left leg now in my right as well and tingling, numbness, burning thighs and buttocks and weakness and just really getting frustrated after 3MRI and several xrays and all suppose to be normal and all blood work normal. Although one Dr said that I have a mild foraminal narrowing caused by both sides disc protrusion and facet hypertrophy ll2/4 and 4/5 right l 4/5 please help because the military must be missing something,Thanks.

    posted @ Monday, December 06, 2010 4:24 PM by Rueben Owens

    Just stumbled onto this site. Many great questions. I fit right in with the L4-S1 group. Seems to be the most common back issue. Would like to know who Ravi is. Seems very knowlegeable. What is your medical background? I am going for my MRI tomorrow. Am curious to see what it shows. I already know I have degenerative changes, who doesn't with age anyway, but I had an injury at work and am in constant pain now. We'll see soon enough.

    posted @ Tuesday, December 07, 2010 9:57 PM by Angela J

    I have been told by my doctor that I need a MRI on my lower back because of a knot in my back. It has been getting bigger and bigger for the past 5 months. I'm terrified of why he would order one. I'm only 21 yrs old. Do any of you know what it might be?

    posted @ Sunday, December 12, 2010 8:22 PM by heather

    I have sever cronic sciatica since 1988 .now I severing from sever pain in my right leg when im working hard and i canot doing any thing and i taked mri of the lumber spine  
    please help me 
    what can i do? 

    posted @ Tuesday, December 14, 2010 1:34 PM by ali

    What does "Signal intensity changes" mean on a MRI report?

    posted @ Sunday, December 19, 2010 7:08 AM by Pat

    I had an MRI/MRA of the head/neck. This was one procedure that took approx 45 minutes. I am being billed for four separate charges. MRI of head, MRA of head, MRI of neck, MRA of neck. Is this considered proper practice? Seems to me that it would be considered one procedure and not four.  
    Any input would be greatly appreciated. 

    posted @ Friday, December 24, 2010 3:06 AM by Mr. B

    It can mean many different things. Really depends on the context of that phrase...

    posted @ Friday, December 24, 2010 6:36 AM by Ravi Sohal

    Mr. B, 
    Yes, it's four different exams that each have their own billing code.

    posted @ Friday, December 24, 2010 6:37 AM by Ravi Sohal

    Going for my first MRI on my lumbar back next week  
    The pain is non-stop muscle spasms and no movement in my eliac joint 
    Since going Physio with the exercises given I have got worse with my back going in complete shutdown causing my whole body to not move ( except arms) and ofcourse screaming with pain, and all this happens whilst I'm at work 
    I'm self employed and cannot work anymore like I used to having difficulty in certain movements like bending and pulling back without the help of both of my hands or sometimes somebody 
    It all started with waking up and getting sciatica all down my right side to toes with pins and needles until I remembered I had a tens machine which I started to use every day and night for hrs on full blast and eventually after 3 weeks it went 
    It tries to come back but my persistent tens machine now with the 3 rd lot of new batteries wins it over 
    My pain is still in my lumbar back though although the sciatica has now gone 
    Is this muscle spasm, eliac joint , or other problem curable  
    Please help in what could be wrong 
    Andros :)

    posted @ Saturday, January 01, 2011 4:21 PM by Andros

    i have been suffering with sever back and right leg pain for as long as i can remember. i have been for mri for my lumber back, it came back normal, this however worries me because im still suffering an it keeps me awake every single nightthe pain runs down my right leg an i use a hot water bottle for the pain,i really am depressed about it all very tearful and dont seem to be able to get the best out of my life at the moment im only 51yrs of age with still a young family 3 children and 2 grandsons i want to be able to enjoy my life, i work hard in a special needs school with children age 11-16yrs and im in constant pain throughout the day does anybody please have any suggestions. 
    mrs carol green

    posted @ Tuesday, January 04, 2011 12:17 PM by mrs carol green

    thanks for the opportunity to possibly receive some help.

    posted @ Friday, January 28, 2011 12:52 PM by pat

    Hello i am going for a MRI scan on Monday, i have had lower back pain for may years now and finally my GP has decided to refer me. Ive always been told that ive got weak muscles. I have tried very hard to strengthen my muscles but this also hasnt worked. When my back goes i am unable to move for weeks.  
    I am currently in no pain and i just wanted to know if the MRI scan will still show what is wrong?

    posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 7:47 AM by Kiran

    I met an accident at the age of 15 when a fall into a well that wa in the process of creation. I got injury in spinal and got treated well. After one year I was quite ok. presently I got pain in spinal and contacted the docter and he told me that taking X-ray is not visible for checking the present condition and as it check only the bone. Have a MRI scan is the best. My gradmother had a MRI scan of Lumbar spine two week before and charged 3000 indian rupees. As am a student can't bear the expense only for diagnosis and treatment extra. What is th best option for me and what is the real charge of MRI scan?

    posted @ Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:30 AM by Ashraf

    I started for no reason meaning no accidents, 4 weeks and 4days ago, I have gone to the Doctors two times,sent home with vicadon pills, all I really can do is stay in bed, when I walk its worse,sitting the same forget about bending down because it is torture getting up, My R hip has alot of swelling and does the L, lower back swelling, and the front of my legs gets so much pain like nerve pain but only at the top it is all internal except for the nodule that has been felt on outside of lower back, forget about putting any pressure on this I will die, now going for an x-ray in A.M, confused on why not an MRI,I questioned it and really got no response. More Vicadon to mask the pain,could I Please get some kind of advice, anything at all would be better than nothing.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 02, 2011 1:09 AM by Tina

    I was in a car accident. Hit from behind I was at a complete stop. I have pains in my lower lombar , siatic nerve pain in my buttock and shooting pains down my right leg & tingling and numbness in my right foot. Pain in my upper left shoulder arm down to my left hand. Neck hurts a little. Right shoulder hurt a little too.. Im Having all these different pains . What could be wrong with me? Scheduled for a MRI soon 

    posted @ Wednesday, March 02, 2011 12:59 PM by Mary M

    I just had an MRI for chronic sciatic & low back pain. 
    The results show severe facet joint arthritis L1 -L5 
    & I would like to know options. Nothing seems to help. 
    Also, are organs like liver visible?

    posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 1:06 PM by Betty

    Hi Betty, 
    A Lumbar spine MRI doesn't include the liver or other major organs. Some parts of the kidneys are sometimes partially seen as they are close to the spine.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 15, 2011 3:23 AM by Ravi Sohal

    Betty, severe facet joint arthritis L1 -L5. 
    I have it bad too. Mine was so bad that I couldn't stand up stright I would have to lean forward for any relief. What helped me was the pain mang. dr. give me facet joint injection at each level, and she started me on mobic. I had fusion on L4-S1 in nov. from reptured disc and DDD, and I had to stop the mobic until the fusion is complete but the facets are not bothering me. Talk to your back doctor, or pain managemenet dr. If you need more help from me 

    posted @ Friday, March 18, 2011 10:07 AM by James Perkins

    for 2yrs mainly left leg pain and low mid back pain.MRI DONE OF LUMBAR SPINE.SMALL POSTERIOR ANNULUSFISSUE ORTEAR SEEN POSTERIORITY AT l4-l5,conus medullaris is low lying,positioned at the level ofL2,MILD SPONDYLOSIS.

    posted @ Tuesday, March 22, 2011 5:18 PM by melanie weatherall

    had mri 3 days ago for back pain. went into tunnel happily. found myself back in bed and cannot understand why i have no recolection of coming out of the tunnel or getting back into the ward. i also have a huge bruise on left elbow. your comments will be greatly appreciated. ann

    posted @ Sunday, April 03, 2011 4:23 AM by ann benz

    My mom(60 years old) has some back pain problem on left leg.Doctor advised for MRI Lumbar Spine.One doctor told surgery is not needed and one doctor told surgery is compulsary. I am in now big dilema what to do.Please advise. 
    The following is the MRI Report: 
    1.Scoliosis of lumbar spine with concavity to the left side. 
    1.Shows diffuses osteoporosis 
    2.No siginificant focal signal chnages. 
    3.Antero lateral signal seen in lower lumbar vertebra with end plate degenerative chnages seen at L4 and L5 vertebra 
    4.Facetal Joint degenerative chnages seen at L4-l5 
    Intervertable disc: 
    Disc dehydration chnages seen in all lumbar and lower order disc. 
    Vaccuam phenomenone seen at L5-l5 level 
    l1-2: No siginificant disc bulge and herniation. 
    l2-l3: Diffuse disc bulge with mild comression on thecal sac and bilateral inter vertable foramina.No nerve root compression. 
    l3-l4: Diffuses disc bukge with moderate compression on thecal sac ,bilateral inter vertable and exit formonia and mild compression on exit L3 nerver root. 
    L5-4:Diffuse disc with moderate compression on thecal sac and bilateral inter veratble and exit formonia and mild compression on exit L4 nerve root. 
    L5-S1: Transitinal  
    Spinal canal: 
    Diameters with normal limits  
    Mild Ligamentum flavum hypotherpy seen at l3-4 and l4-5 levels. 
    Conus medullaris normal. 
    Pre and para soft tissus are normal. 

    posted @ Saturday, April 16, 2011 5:46 AM by Fakaruddin Ali

    Hi. This year I had an on the job related injury in which I lifted a motorize wheelchair then put it back down and pull it. This cause me to have severe back pain. I have seen a chiropractor twice but was told he could not administer pain meds. I was then force to make a second trip to the ER in which I was told I should be seeing a Ortherpedic Dr. After a few visit, in which I had cortisone shots for the lower part of my back and it seem to provide relief foe about a week. Then I returned for some more shots to the upper part and neck, which didnt do nothing for my pain. 
    The dr. then orderd an MRI of the lumbar spine, (however before hand I was making frequent trips to the ER, when I was told my dr. was too busy to see me)The results from the MRI showed that I had a small bulging disc in which he said was not pressing on the nerves. I then asked him if this is nothing serious, then why am I experiencing pain in different areas of my back, including mmy neck and at times, and the sensation that my whole back is on fire at times. 
    He then claimed maybe its something called "Fribromalgia", and that he wants to put me on a anti depressant call "Cymbalta" and want to perform an Epidural Proceedure. 
    My recent trip to the ER called for the ER doctor to call MY Dr and ask him was it alright to adminster me the pain meds. When the ER dr. returned he told me that its medically impossible for me to be experiencing severe neck and back pain, oh and recent sharp pain shooting down both arms and legs including the feet. from what MY dr, said was a small bulging disc and nothing too serious. I cried as I asked him why am I in so much pain. H e said he didnt know. I also reminded him that test were not done on the whole back to rule out everything else associated with my back pain. 
    So my question is. Is it medically possible that an MRI of the Lumbar Spine detailing a small bulging disc, not patruding on the nerves, explain that its totally not associated with my recurring symptons,or di I need an MRI of the upper back as as other test performed to rule out as to why the pain.

    posted @ Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:29 PM by Tee Webster

    Tee webster- please keep seeking help. It took me 5 years before I found someone to believe my pain was real. I had tk go through a discogram and I might add it was ultra positive. I asked my doctor to kill me. Then he goes well we found the pain - and i said no shit. While i was sobbying and shivering like crazy.  
    While i found believers we cant find a cure. I had the major back surgery, now considered a failed surgery.  
    However, I've had SEVERAL friends that did the epidurals and rhizotomy's and it was a complete success. Personally, i'd tell that doctor to shove it and find a physiatrist. A doctor who treats pain and will then send you to a neurosurgeon if they feel incApable to help you. 
    I know how hard it is i do. I want to throw in the towel all the time but i have no right to choose when i go. I can bear this. People have it worse. I have tv. Good luck. Keep your chin up and smile any time possible - even if u r inpain it is ok to smile at smtg funny.  
    Keep searching. There are tens of thousands of doctors. Remember: a doctor from harvard still gets his MD with a 2.5 gpa.

    posted @ Saturday, May 28, 2011 1:07 AM by Tisha

    I had back surgery on 10-1-2010, on 10/22/10 I had severe pain at the base of my right thigh area, below my butt. They operated on my back,a lapinectomy L4-L5 area. After all the tests they diagnosed my problem as Chronic right L5 nerve pain. The doctor wants a lumbar test with die to show the nerve areas. I have trouble setting 
    most of the time and terrible pain 
    alot, I am on neurotin but it has not helped with the pain. My system does not tolerate strong drugs. Will the test finally pin it down?? Will I ever get over this, I feel really misable most of the time Thank You, Jerrie

    posted @ Thursday, June 02, 2011 10:35 PM by Geraldine L. Haggy

    I am getting a M.A.R. Fri. I hope they can tell me a little more about what I can do about my back pain. I was in an accident but it is also degeneration also. I have had a shot in my back that lasted for awhile and want my Dr. to give me another one. 

    posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2011 10:21 PM by Ande

    Hi there, 
    Its been really helpful reading all the comments posted as well as the replies so thank you all for that.  
    I need advice on what i should do next. Here is my history thus far: 
    Pain in Left groin, outer hip, buttock and sometimes in my left foot. I have been experiencing these pains for a year now. I have been tested for IBS, Celiac disease, had a laparoscopy for suspected endometriosis and recently a MRI of my lumbar spine. All the above has revealed absolutely nothing :(  
    I am determine to find out what is wrong with me as pain does not just happen to a person. I am angry that my specialist who sent me for the lumber MRI did not also ask for an MRI of my hip, groin and buttocks!  
    What do you guys think i should do next? 
    Many thanks!

    posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2011 7:04 PM by Kelly

    Hi at the age of 36 I hurt myself at work by lifting a heavy tote. Was off work for several mths I had an MRI that I was told showed nothing. Then I started physical therapy did that for a while. Workmans comp too care of everything paid for everything with no problem. After doing the therapy for a while and also taking my pain meds and realizing how much money I was looseing a week for being off work. I have 3 kids at come that still needed care. I asked my dr to release me so I could go back to work. Still working with some pain and still taking meds and still doing my tens unit I was able to handle working. Then in feb of this year I was working the same job and got hurt again only this time the pain was twice as bad as the first time. Wasn't able to see a dr for at least a mth. When I got into see him of course the pain was so bad I was crying the whole time. My pain has always been in my lower back but this time the hurt was more to the right side of lower back. I just recently had another MRI done but have not gotten the results back. I can't get in to see my dr till the end of august. I've been out of work since march 15. Workmans comp paid for that visit but won't pay for any more visits till they get proof. That I am hurt. I can't bend over without tears coming to my eyes can't stand or sit for every long. My legs have spasmas they jerk constantly and I have tingling feeling going down my legs. I can't even take care of the 3 kids I have but they want me to pay 83.00 to see my dr when I don't even have a car because now with no money I can't afford the insurance on it. I'm not gonna b able to get results for my MRI to see what's next. Have any ideal y I'm in such pain now and y it hurts twice as bad as the first time. Would love some input. I was able to hire a lawyer to help out I just wish I knew what was wrong ... Thank u in advance for ur imput ....

    posted @ Monday, August 08, 2011 6:27 AM by Tina D

    Any advice? Prognosis? I'm still working, but cannot hold out for much longer... 
    MRI report, dated 8/26/11: 
    Non-Contrast MRI 
    L5-S1: pedicle screws and posterior fixation hardware causes image distortion. Alignment appears to be grossly normal. No obvious spinal or foraminal stenosis. Severe loss of disc space is noted. No anterior fusion or ankylosis is seen. 
    L4-L5: Schmorl nodes, loss of disc space and Modic type II changes at the endplates. Pedicle screws and posterior fixation hardware create image distortion. No obvious foramina stenosis. No AP spinal stenosis. 
    L3-L4: Moderate DDD with Schmorl nodes at both endplates. No significant spinal or foramina stenosis. Mild to moderate facet arthrosis. No listhesis. 
    L2-L3: degenerative disc disease, Schmorl nodes. No significant spinal or foramina stenosis.  
    L1-L2: Degenerative disc disease, loss of T2 disc signal and Schmorl nodes. 
    T12-L1: degenerative disc disease. Schmorl nodes at the endplates. Decreased disc space and T2 disc signal. 
    T11-T12: decreased disc space and disc signal. Schmorl nodes. Mild broad-based annular bulge with mild effacement of anterior thecal sac CSF space. No cord deformity or definite cord impingement. 
    Impression: status post L5-S1 posterior fusion. Multilevel DDD as above. No definite disc herniation. May wish to consider lumbar myelography in order to evaluate the thecal sac and nerve root sleeves at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels. These levels cannot be completely evaluated by MRI due to fixation hardware related image distortion.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 31, 2011 1:41 PM by John

    Do the myleogram as directed. I will warn you it will be more pain than you have ever experienced in your entire life. They will give you a pain pill after and the pain will subside after 2 or 3 hours. This will pinpoint the exact area of the pain and offer the treating physician more confidence.  
    I just went thru surgery #2. Called a double corrective surgery. They had to make a 6" incision in the front to remove the old hardware (put in 9 months ago) and then reopen the 8" incision on my back to remove and replace the hardware in my back. This was done 10 days ago. This time I went to a Chief of Neurosurgery instead of a plain orthopedic spine surgeon. Astronomical difference - I already feel ten times better.  
    Much luck John. Please, please do your research on your physician dont just trust your gut. The physician DOES make all the difference in your recovery. My first surgeon did thousands my second has done 3x as many. Everyone begged me to use a neurosurgeon the first time and I didn't listen so this time I listened. It paid has paid off so far. I need to do my part now!! 
    Don't injure yourself further, that's what I did. I was 31 now 36. Haven't seen light of day in 5 years. Can't wait to bask in the sun!! Good luck- take care of YOU!

    posted @ Saturday, September 03, 2011 12:26 PM by Tisha

    Thank you, Tisha! I have had myelogram's on my neck and back previously (in the mid-to-late '90's) and know how painful they are. Since both my fusions, I've deployed five times with the Army and believe that I've reinjured both neck and back. Of course, wearing 100+ pounds of gear for a year at a time doesn't help and the unavoidable trips and falls while operating at night over rough terrain don't either. I plan to follow this through, I really have no choice. I'll be bed-ridden in a few months without action. My neck was done by a neurosurgeon with excellent results. My back was done by an orthopod, also with excellent results. The SF Spine Center actually recommended my neurosurgeon when I got their second opinion... Looking for a medical opinion on just how good/bad the MRI results sound.

    posted @ Monday, September 05, 2011 7:23 PM by John

    Tina, you own your medical records. Therefore, you OWN that MRI with the report that you can send directly to workers comp or your attorney.  
    Call the place that performed the MRI and say "I need my medical records released, thank you." 

    posted @ Friday, September 09, 2011 7:00 PM by Tisha

    Re. @ Sunday, July 24, 2011 7:04 PM by Kelly  
    Is the pain cyclical, re occurring around the time of the menstrual period? 
    It is possible to have endometriosis on the sciatic nerve. This cannot be seen through a laparscope and, having just had an MRI scan for a similar problem, it is unlikely to show up on an MRI either.

    posted @ Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:30 PM by Eileen

    i have a bullet that is close to my spine. if not on it. but they will not give me a mri. what do i need to do. been their every since the early 90,s, and it hurts me to walk and bend or even stand for a short period of time. what do i need to do.

    posted @ Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:26 AM by burrelldonna

    I just was told that on my spine mri they found spots. I also have chronic pulminary histoplasmosis and wander if this would be normal for bulging discs (to be seen as spots) or if its more likely the histoplasmosis has spread to my spine

    posted @ Tuesday, September 13, 2011 6:23 PM by mark

    @ burrelldonna... an mri for you would not be possible with a bullet. Mri machines are basically large magnets, and even if metal was able to go through the machine, the magnetic pull could possibly move the bullet inside your body. But, since you are having problems and pain, I would seek a different medical provider or a neurosurgery specialist. Over time unremoved bullets can move and shift and usually get covered with scar tissue and/or imbedded in the muscles/soft/tissue etc. Since it has been there since the 90's the chance it has moved or shifted since then is fairly great. There are different imaging studies that can be done other than an mri. Sometimes they are not quite as accurate or clear as an mri, but for you any imaging study would be to your benefit as it could already be impinging on nerves or nerve roots causing problems. I assume that the location of the bullet at the time you were shot in the 90's was inoperable? And that may still be the case, but until you can find a physician who orders an imaging study for you, you wont really know the extent of the damage that bullet is creating. And I would advise doing this pronto if at all possible, especially if you are having increased pain. And ER if there is any numbness, weakness, or loss of bowel/bladder control! Hope this helps you and you get everything figured out! 

    posted @ Friday, October 21, 2011 11:35 AM by Kayle

    @ mrs carol green, ali, zack 
    There are actually quite a few things in the back and hips that can cause nerve pain and sciatica without being an actual spine or disc issue. If you havent already, have your dr/neurologist/physical therapist check you SI Joints (Sacroiliac joints) They are on each side of the spine in the low lumbar beginning sacral region (just above where your underwear would normally sit) The SI Joint itself is where the sacral spine discs (which are all fused together by nature) meet the hip (iliac crest area). This "joint" is not supposed to allow much movement, and is held in place by muscles tissue and ligaments. However, sometimes due to age, arthritis, injury or just plain crappy luck, the ligaments and tissue that hold the sacral spine and hip together get damaged and allow too much movement (can go the other way too, and allow no movement whatsoever, but typically from the patients I have seen this side of things doesnt cause as much pain) Anyways, too much movement of this joint can throw off a lot of things, especially if the pelvis tilts to one side since it isnt being properly held in place, one leg can be shorter or longer, and is usually not noticeable to the person with this, but can cause muscle spasms/swelling etc, and can irritate the surrounding nerves, causing sciatica pain, like you would have with lumbar disc problems. It is possible sometimes to feel a bump over the joint, that can feel hard like bone, or like a large bunch of tense muscles... if you can feel something like this, it is a good indecation that your SI joint could be the issue. 
    Also, the piriformis muscle is another one that can cause problems in some people, by getting tight and/or spasming and can irritate the nerve that runs right by it, (and in some people the nerve actually runs through the muscle itself and can actually sort of 'strangle' the nerve.) Causing the sciatica type pain.(drs/physical therapists will usually check this by putting your knee at a 90 degree angle and kind of pushing it toward the opposite side of your body to see if this reproduces your pain) So, for any of you guys that have had normal mri's/mri that doesnt show a cause for your leg/sciatica pain, this is something to have checked out. Physical Therapists can work wonders on this, and conservative therapy tends to work wonders! Surgery can be an option for the SI joint in some cases depending on response to conservative therapy or if there are other complicating factors, and this is done by fusing the SI joint in its proper place. 
    Hope this helps those of you out there who are having pain that imaging studies/mris are not finding the cause for...

    posted @ Friday, October 21, 2011 12:03 PM by Kayle

    Iwill have a MRI Ihave leg pain the tibia Thye want to see if I ahve anothr problem does that  
    make sense??

    posted @ Wednesday, November 09, 2011 6:29 PM by tree

    I had a lumbar MRI, will this show female reproductive organs as well as bone & nerves?

    posted @ Monday, November 28, 2011 1:01 PM by STEPHANIE

    i have severe numbness in both of my legs, soo much that i can barely walk and i barely have any balance. does this sound like something to do with the spine? i have an mri scheduled in a few days, before i spend the money does this sounds like something a lumbar spine mri will notice? any information would be greatly appreciated.

    posted @ Tuesday, December 20, 2011 1:49 PM by geoff


    posted @ Tuesday, January 03, 2012 2:37 PM by ELLI B

    I had several episodes of sciatic pain always after a period of sitting. NEVER AFTER WORKING OUT, HIKING, CYCLING, SWIMMING!. My MRI showed some degeneration....stayed active...NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS FOR 15 years. Don't let anyone talk you into unnecesary stuff. I work in healthcare and almost overexamine everything, but I know what my body tells me too. No pain for 15 years following careful stretching and NOT SITTING. BEING SEDENTARY IS WORST THING FOR YOU!

    posted @ Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:01 AM by Bob

    I'm having severe pain when sitting down.Can't stand for long in one place half to sit down.I'm getting another MRI shortly.What could be the problem?

    posted @ Tuesday, February 07, 2012 10:01 PM by Steffie Smith

    Hi I have had an mri and it showed that I have early signs of sacrolitis. I have been told I am in the spodylopathy catergorie... I don't understand wwhat this means I also have an apointment with an ankylosing spodylitis specialist soon.. My big issue is that I wake up every morning after 3am in the worst pain you could imagine. I feel as if I am getting crushed whilst I sleep and sometimes like I can't breath either like I am winded... The docs have put me on naproxen but I don't feel as if it is helping at all. I have had 3 lots of steroid injections and the 3rd one only gave me 5days pain free.. Am only 29 and really can't cope any suggestions on what this could be would be much appreciated. Many thanks

    posted @ Monday, February 13, 2012 6:53 AM by mamma1

    First off I would like to say how relieved I am to find out that I'm not alone out here. I am a soldier currently deployed to Afghanistan who has had chronic low back pain for the better part of 2 years now. The Dr. kept telling me that my pain was from a muscle issue and it was nothing to worry about. That went on for about a year before I finally convinced the Doc that I was still hurting. When they finally sent me in for an MRI the results showed L3-L4 disc desication with a small broad based disc bulge with the apex anteriorly. This effaced the anterior thecal sac. No spinal canal stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing. They told me that I have mild DDD and that there wasn’t much that they could do for me. Now I’m out here in no man’s land and my pain has gotten worse. I now have a lot more pain in my back and I also have a shooting pain that goes down my right leg and into my foot. Along with that I have a tingling numb feeling in both of my gluts and a burning sensation in my right calf.  
    When I went back to see the Dr. he told me that my pain level did not correspond with MRI results. More or less telling me that according to the test I’m not hurt that bad. I can barley bend over to lace my boots in the mornings and because I can’t hardly move they stuck me behind a desk. I can hardly sit for an extended period of time and also have pain after standing for a while, walking and very intense pain when I lie down or get out of bed in the morning. My toes in my right foot also fall asleep after walking even a short distance. It’s been like this for almost 2 months now and my pain level is continuing to increase. The dr. said that I am not a candidate for surgery but what other option do I have if even pain medication doesn’t relieve my pain? He is also sending me to physical therapy again which did little to nothing last time when I could actually move, now like I said I have trouble just getting dressed and lacing my boots in the morning. I’m getting to the point where I'm both physically and mentally exhausted and don’t see it getting better any time soon as I can’t even sleep through the night without being woke up by the pain. Any suggestions or advice as to where I can go from here? 

    posted @ Wednesday, February 15, 2012 11:11 PM by Joe

    i did MRI LUmber Spine and following bad results were found, 
    1. Prosteriour central bulging of the disc, ligamentum hypertrophy and facet jooint arthropathy cause moderate spinal canal stenosis at L4/5 level & L5/S1 levels. 
    Doctors Comment 
    Moderate spinal canal stenosis @ L4/5 & L5/S1 disc impining right S1 nerve root  
    Doctor adviced me to do o operation or physiotheraphy...please advice me..i'm so afraid on this.

    posted @ Saturday, February 18, 2012 10:53 PM by Amila

    I have back pain & pain in my right leg snd in my right hip my MRI Impression is L/4 and L4/5 level mild diffuse disc bulges indenting the thecal sac without significant nerve root compression or canal stenosis. early facet arthrosis is also seen  
    please help me what is the right medicine for it

    posted @ Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:30 AM by sunayana ghag

    yes it is Lumbar spin ( Low back )and in MRI Report Impression is L/4 and L4/5 level mild diffuse disc bulges indenting the thecal sac without significant nerve root compression or canal stenosis. early facet arthrosis is also seen.  

    posted @ Wednesday, February 29, 2012 12:01 AM by sunayana ghag

    Does anyone have any suggestions regarding information on the following Diagnosis Problem List; 
    Benign Neoplasm Pituitary Gland & Craniopharyngeal Duct (227.3) 
    Scoliosis & Kyphscoliosis Idioathic (737.30) 
    Neuralgia Neuritis & Radiculitis Unspec (729.2) 
    Headacche (784.0) 
    Cervicalgia (723.1) 
    This is what my wife was diagnosed with and I am seeking all the information I can trying to learning anything and everything I can find. Thanks in advance. 

    posted @ Wednesday, March 14, 2012 8:51 AM by Paul Loss

    I've just been for an MRI of my lower back. X-rays last week showed "some bone degeneration" in my lower back. I've had sciatica off and on for a number of years, but it has got increasingly worse in the past few months (with constant pain), culminating in my left knee giving way 10 days ago, and then being unable to move much the following day. 
    The "symptoms" of sciatica that I have include pain in my lower back, buttock (left side only), down the leg, round my knee and all of the lower leg, calf pain, numbness in my big toe (which I find odd). I also have some groin pain and pain in my inner thigh. Added to that, I also have a "dead spot" on my thigh...numbness if you will. I have moved from Ibuprofen, through Tramadol (allergic to that), past Diclofenac (which stopped being effective as the pain increased), and am now on Vicodin and Gabapentin. The pain lessens when I sit, but increases dramatically whenever I stand up for more than a minute. In the past week my legs have felt weak, as if they are struggling to hold me up. 
    I am scared that the MRI might show greatest fear is that the doctor will tell me it's all in my imagination. I know that there's something wrong, but have no idea what. Any suggestions as to what may be causing all these sciatic symptoms??

    posted @ Wednesday, March 14, 2012 9:37 PM by Izz

    I just had a L SPINE MRI done for complaints of hips, buttocks and thighs in constant pain. My question is, if the L Spine does not show the hips, buttocks or thighs on the MRI, can the dr diagnose those probs with just the L Spine MRI???

    posted @ Thursday, April 05, 2012 4:40 PM by Debra

    I don't know where to start with because I have been back sore for 12 years. I got injured my back when I was 16 and now I'm 28. I can't describe the pain I have. It's like hell. Been see the doctor and do the scan MRI Lumbar Spine. Nothing shown. See therapy not help and medicine not help. I can't sit down pain. Stand pain. Sleep pain. I guess doctor can't help. I lost help. Depress and stress. Only one question. I injured my back and pain and I describes above. Why the doctor cant find the problem of my back! I just wait to die and lost help:( I'm from new zealand

    posted @ Tuesday, April 10, 2012 3:21 PM by Slayman Ya

    I have had low back pain for 15+ years. I worked in construction for 30 years and thought I was invincible. Well my stupidity has caught up with me and have extreme low back pain. The pain has been radiating through my left glut and down my left leg into my foot. Numbness, tingling in my leg and foot and nerve pain out my two middle toes. I have seen a chiropractor and she thinks it's muscle related and gave me stretches to do. I beg to differ. I have had multiple low back muscle spasms where I can't get off my hands and knees. I keep hearing it's muscle related and want to take the next step and am thinking a back specialist would be good. Any comments???

    posted @ Sunday, April 22, 2012 7:40 PM by Dave B

    plz sir any one can tell me whats my wifes MRI reports showing 
    actually she is having lower back pain from last two and a half months and she is having pain in sitting position she cant bend forward and cant stand for a long time and the pain is increasing day by day 
    now i have done her MRI 
    MRI reports as follows 
    MRI L.S. Spine 
    #MR imaging of the L.S Spine was performed using spine echo and fast echo pulse sequence. Serial T1 and T2 weighted imaged were obtain in the sagittal and axial planes. 
    #The study reveals straightening of lumbar lordosis with mild spuaring of vertical bodies. 
    #Posterior central protrusion of L4-5 disc and ligamentum flavum thickening mildly indenting thecal sac. 
    #Mild ligamentum flavum thickening and facetal arthrotathy also seen at L5-S1 level. 
    #Bony central spinal canal is capacious. 
    #Lower dorsalcord and conus medullaris are normal in morphology and signal intensity.thecal sac demonstrate a normal CSF signal intensity. 
    #No pre/paravertebral collection seen. 
    Measurement of lumbar spinal canal are as under:- 
    L1 :- 15 , 17 , 255 
    L1-L2 :- 14 , 18 , 252 
    L2 :- 15 , 16 , 240 
    L2-L3 :- 14 , 15 , 210  
    L3 :- 13 , 16 , 208 
    L3-L4 :- 12 , 16 , 192 
    L4 :- 13 , 14 , 182 
    L4-L5 :- 12 , 13 , 156 
    L5 :- 14 , 15 , 210 
    L5-S1 :- 13 , 16 , 208 
    Impression :- MRI findings are suggestive of 
    # Posterior central protrusion of L4-5 disc and ligamentum flavum thickening mildly indenting thecal sac. 
    plz sir suggest me what is the problem and what we do is it cure by medicine or we have to go for surgeroy operation plz reply for guidance 

    posted @ Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:45 PM by sandeep kumar sheoran

    I got a lumbar spine mri got done which shows diffuse disc bulge at l4l5 and l5s1levels causing indentation over the cal sac

    posted @ Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:02 AM by mairaj unissa

    in 2008 i have done surgery L5S1 , for slip disc now again after 4 year i have pain in back same leg pain. again i did MRI its show problem in now L4 and L3. pain going right leg. extream pain its go both legs pain. 
    i dont want again surgery i am now just 29 year old. last surgery done that time i am just 25. if i did again surgery how much time i can survive and how much time i can work.please suggest me all. 
    here my MRI Report 
    Sagittal, coronal and axial images of the lumbar spine were visualized using T1 and T2 weighted images. Intravenous contrast was not given. sagittal & coronal MR Myelography images. 
    There is loss of lumbar lordosis. 
    Status post surgery- post operative changes are noted at L5-S1 levels. 
    At L2-L3 and L3-L4 levels- Diffuse circumferential disc bulge with central disc protrusion causing indentation on thecal sac without any exiting nerve root compression.. 
    At L4-L5 level- disc desiccation. Diffuse disc bulge causing spinal canal and bilateral neural foraminal stenosis and indenting adjacent traversing and bilateral exiting nerve roots. 
    At L5-S1 levels- disc desiccation. Diffuse disc bulge causing spinal canal and bilateral neural foraminal narrowing indenting adjacent traversing exiting nerve roots. 
    Rest of the intervertebral discs and vertebral bodies appear normal in signal intensity. 
    The facet articulations and rest of the neural foramina appear normal. 
    The spinal cord, conus shows normal signal intensity. 
    The pre and paravertebral soft tissues are unremarkable. 
     Status post surgery. 
     At L2-L3 and L3-L4 levels- Diffuse circumferential disc bulge with central disc protrusion causing indentation on thecal sac without any exiting nerve root compression. 
     At L4-L5 level- disc desiccation. Diffuse disc bulge causing spinal canal and bilateral neural foraminal stenosis and indenting adjacent traversing and bilateral exiting nerve roots. 
     At L5-S1 levels- disc desiccation. Diffuse disc bulge causing spinal canal and bilateral neural foraminal narrowing indenting adjacent traversing exiting nerve roots. 

    posted @ Tuesday, May 29, 2012 3:53 AM by jagdish

    My father is 62 years of age and he went for an MRI of lumbosacral spine.The impressions were as followed: 
    1. Lumbar Spondylosis(osteophytosis), focal reactive modic type 2 subchondral marrow change at L3 and e/o 4-Disc desiccation (L2-L3,L4-L5 & L5-S1)with posterior annular tear of L2-L3 disc. 
    2. Mild Ligamentum Flavum Hypertrophy--from L1-L2 to L4-L5 levels. 
    3. Posterocentral and Bilateral Paracentral Disc Herniation--L4-L5 level causing adjoining theca impingement, mild bilateral transversing L5 nerve roots indentation and bilateral neural foramina encroachment with their perineural fat impingement. 
    4. Diffuse Posterior Symmetric Disc Bulge--L2-L3 level causing adjoining theca impingement, bilateral proximal neural foramina encroachment and their perineural fat indentation. 
    5. Diffuse posterior Symmetric Disc Bulge and Small Posterocentral disc protrusion--L5-Si level with adjoining theca indentation, mild bilateral proximal neural foramina encroachment and their perineural fat indentation. 
    6. Small posterior Bulge of L3-L4 disc with mild adjoining theca indentation. 
    Screening mid-sagittal T2 WI of whole spine revealed- cervical spondylosis(osteophytosis)with cervical disc degenerative changes, posterior disc herniation at C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels with subarachnoid CSF space compression. 
    Can any one help me to understand what my dad is suffering from. And what are the treatments he should go for? Plz help ASAP.

    posted @ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 12:09 AM by Anshuman Baruah

    i have pain in my lower back,i have been asked to go for a mri, i had had a procedure on my retina called laser barrage 2 months back, so can i go for the MRI rightaway or do i have to wait for some time. moreover do we have to go empty stomach for the test or any other such conditions which may exist

    posted @ Monday, July 09, 2012 2:43 AM by Kanu

    I had my first ever MRI this morning. It was for my lower back, as I have been having pain in it and numbness of my right leg for about a month. I read this blog last night and it help me prepare for the MRI. I am extremely claustrophobic, and the tech was very understanding and walked me through some breathing exercises beforehand to help relax me. I only had to redo one scan because the pain was so bad my leg was twitching. Thanks to everyone for leaving your experiences,t really helped me get through something that otherwise would've freaked me out.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 25, 2012 11:59 AM by Shaun


    posted @ Saturday, July 28, 2012 6:10 PM by WILLIAM AGNEW

    I have to get my first MRI done tomorrow, July 30, 2012. The MRI is ordered for the lumbar spine. The nurse informed me that it is likely to last 45-60 minutes. I'm not claustrophobic, but I am very nervous. Also, I am curious as to if the tingling in my feet may have something to do with my back pain!? (idk what else it would be from) and... i've only encountered this pain since my last car accident, as the back pain is getting significantly worse too. (7/6/12) I'm almost curious if something is pushing on a nerve... just hoping to get some feedback from the MRI. Results will be on Wednesday. Hoping for more positive results rather then negative, seeing that I leave or (hopefully leave) for the Marine Corps on January 14, 2013. Any feedback is appreciated, thank you :) Ps; I think 19 is too young for this bad of back pain!

    posted @ Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:42 PM by Dain Schlegel

    Hi Kelly and Eileen, 
    I have been dealing with the same situation for a few years now too. After having my laproscopy and MRI, the doctors also don't know what the cause of my pain is. With my lap, they found adhesions throughout my abdominal cavity and had to remove my uterus from being stuck to my abdominal wall. That helped the abdominal pain for a while but since I have had 2 summers of back pain. How would they find endometriosis on the sciatic nerve? There is definitely something pushing on my nerve, but right now my doctor thinks it is just muscle spasms. I will be starting pelvic physiotherapy in a few weeks, maybe that will help. I am sure the back/nerve pain is connected to my pelvic pain and issues. 
    All the best! 
    Re. @ Sunday, July 24, 2011 7:04 PM by Kelly  
    Is the pain cyclical, re occurring around the time of the menstrual period?  
    It is possible to have endometriosis on the sciatic nerve. This cannot be seen through a laparscope and, having just had an MRI scan for a similar problem, it is unlikely to show up on an MRI either. 
    posted @ Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:30 PM by Eileen 
    Hi there,  
    Its been really helpful reading all the comments posted as well as the replies so thank you all for that.  
    I need advice on what i should do next. Here is my history thus far:  
    Pain in Left groin, outer hip, buttock and sometimes in my left foot. I have been experiencing these pains for a year now. I have been tested for IBS, Celiac disease, had a laparoscopy for suspected endometriosis and recently a MRI of my lumbar spine. All the above has revealed absolutely nothing :(  
    I am determine to find out what is wrong with me as pain does not just happen to a person. I am angry that my specialist who sent me for the lumber MRI did not also ask for an MRI of my hip, groin and buttocks!  
    What do you guys think i should do next?  
    Many thanks! 
    posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2011 7:04 PM by Kelly

    posted @ Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:59 PM by Amy

    I have been treated lately for UTI/Bladder infection and back pain. Went thru 3 different antibiotics before frequency and pain improved. Still experiencing back pain. Had xray of pelvis because of location of pain...negative. Got a few days of pain meds to help me sleep. Pain is localized in mid to interior right buttock. Now noticing some numbness in right side of labia. I think is muscular? Dr. will probably want to do MRI. Chiropractor has not helped much. Experience pain sitting, standing too long. Only relief outside of pain meds is reclining/laying down (preferably on left side) with heating pad. Even then it doesn't eliminate the pain. Even pain meds have not eliminated completly...just comfortabe enough to get some rest. Buttock pain seems to have knots associated with it. Sometimes cannot drive due to the pain. If I manage to drive it is sitting on my left hip with as little pressure on my right buttock as possible. Dont have any sciatica/leg pain.Would appreciate any info/suggestions/similar problems.

    posted @ Thursday, August 23, 2012 9:27 PM by Vickie Hodges

    L3-4 annularbulge with superadded left interverbebral foraminal herniation, causing minimal phecal and left sided L3 nural compromises. 
    L4-5-6 annular bulge with superadded broad based centric herination, causing phecal compressions. 
    L5-S1 prominent eccentric disc herenation with cadial excrusion, causing bilateral S1 nural compremises left side more than right. 
    what is the remedy for the above impression. pls kindly help.

    posted @ Friday, October 05, 2012 10:52 PM by Shivamadhu

    My wife had the pain eight year before & Dr's advise was to go for operation, we thought operation to be last measure we went to haridwar Sri ramdeva's ashram. there we were suggested few yogas and few medician,with that their was great relief and we forgot even the problem. But now after eight year sudden pain started, earliar the pain at the back whereas now in the lower limb. the report of the mri is as follow. 

    posted @ Monday, November 05, 2012 8:41 AM by Abhay Srivastava

    I just had a second MRI of my lumbar spine done. The first one was done September 8, 2011. The first report says stuff about; anterolisthesis, T1/T2 hyperintenese lesion being consistent with vertebral hemangioma, a thin filum terminale, mild-moderate bilateral degenerative facet disease w/right side ligamentum flavum thickening, mild thecal sac narrowing from posterolaterally without severe centeral spinal canal stenosis, advanced bilateral degenerative facet diease, small eccentric right disc bulge is adjacent to the exiting/exited right L4 nerve root.  
    I didn't specify where each and every thing was but it all is mostly from the L3 to S1 area. I am so tired of my Dr saying well the arthritis isn't very bad, so it shouldn't hurt that much. I'm not positive what the other things are, but isn't possible that one of those could be causing all this pain? (and by the way, I've been this way since July 4, 2011, and have had pt, acupuncture, chiropractic, and tons of Rx. I know have a cane as well)  
    I looked at the MRI disc (I know I shouldn't have but there is a very light almost circle shape on one of the vertebra. Has anyone got an idea what this could be? Could it be what is causing the pain?

    posted @ Wednesday, November 07, 2012 10:13 AM by Holly

    I injured myself at work on August 26th, 2012. I have been having continuous lower back pain as well as pain in my pelvic region from where I landed when I fell. I was initially diagnosed with a contusion of the hip, but my spine and side have equally been causing me pain. There are moments where if I lean a certain way I feel like my back is stuck and it radiates pain down to my right leg. I have been in physical therapy and it has improved my mobility, but the pain is still constant. I am actually going in for a MRI tonight at 7:30pm... a little nervous but hoping to find out what the heck is wrong with me.  
    Anyone have any advice? Thoughts? Anything is appreciated.

    posted @ Friday, November 09, 2012 3:50 PM by Lindsey

    MRI showed transitional type vertebral body at the lumbpsacral juntion, is that serious problem or cancereous thing. please answer me.

    posted @ Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:00 AM by feryal

    I am reading a lot of comments about lower back pain and pain in the buttocks area going into the leg and feet. Having a lumbar MRI soon and I am concerned. Done ALOT of research on the Piriformis muscle, I think that is my problem, does anyone know if the MRI will show this muscle or has anyone been diagnosed with. Been having electric shocks down my left leg and my butt for 3 months. Have been to PT 8 times for (elevated,rotated pelvis), chiropractor for 3 months and massage therapy for pain. I have even resorted to an inversion table and reflexology. Pain has lessoned but still there. Please help

    posted @ Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:23 AM by Becky

    I can't believe how many of these people have questions and are asking laymen instead of their DOCTORS....they can't guess what your problem is... so open your mouths which you have no problem bringing your comments here... and ASK THEM.... especially you people who work in a hospital.... how pathetic can you be?

    posted @ Thursday, December 13, 2012 3:40 PM by Nancie

    are the people everyone here are asking for help about DOCTORS??? why would expect answers correct from strangers?

    posted @ Thursday, December 13, 2012 3:47 PM by nld

    Some of us cant get help from doctors who spend 3-5 minutes with us. And please do not say get another doctor because the wait for a new doctor in my state is 6-8 weeks.

    posted @ Wednesday, January 09, 2013 9:06 PM by John

    In September I injured my back on the job. I was tearing down an event and had to move a wheeled crate through a small door. While I was doing this I felt a pain in my back. I rested during the weekend but when I woke up Monday morning the pain was excruciating. I could not straighten my body and had pain shooting down my leg. It did not improve so I went to the doctor. Based on all my symptoms they wanted to send me to ER for surgery. Surgery should be the last resort so they gave me steroids and Neurontin and scheduled an MRI. L4/L5 is protruding. I went for physical therapy for a couple months and now I can stand more erect. However, I still have pain in my lower back and on my tailbone along with pain in my butt that radiates down to my foot. I only take Aleve and Datrol at this point but would like some advice. I use an inversion table and have monthly massage therapy appointments. My next appointment with my GP is next week but would like some advice to help ease the pain.

    posted @ Sunday, January 20, 2013 9:43 AM by Laurie E

    I had a diskectomy with fusion of the L5 S1 in 09/2010 the it was herniated for so long since 3/09 the disk was fusing with the spinal cord, since then i continue to have pain and have now found the L4-L5 disk is unstable and now have signs of scoliosis in entire lumbar region, i've since changed Dr's and just had a CT Scan done it shows the pedicle screws used to hold the hardware in place have been protruding about 1.5 cm the screws are from the back to front I'm trying to see what organs are near enough to this area to cause damage any info would be appreciated

    posted @ Thursday, March 07, 2013 5:49 PM by Raymons Irizarry

    It seems that the doctors are not giving patients adequate explanations regarding their pain. After my MRI, my doc just said "your spine looks good", even though the report included "annular tears" and a lot of "disc bulges". I guess they are just too busy to explain things.

    posted @ Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:19 PM by Trishlee2

    hi i had a lower back mri sesults are L4-5 there is decreased signal intenseyin the intervertebral disc consintant with disc desiccation disk well mainteaned there is a mild central disc foraminal canals with mild impingement on the leftexiting L5 nerve root can anyone send me back what the answer to my problem and what to do i am 62 years of age

    posted @ Friday, April 12, 2013 12:14 PM by FRANCIS DUNNE

    Response to Trishlee2: Was the doctor who said that "your spine looks good" an occupational health or workers comp doctor? Many of these doctors, if retained by your employer or secretly working on their bahalf, would just as soon "throw you under the bus," so to speak. They ignore the first rule of medicine which is "Do No Harm." These "doctors" are not real doctors, they are business people" with a medical degree, and very unethical business people at that. Uncovering their affiliation or contract with your employer may not be an easy thing to do, in many cases. If they were ethical or real doctors, they would do so "up front."

    posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:46 PM by Dave Stanowski

    My father in laws 74 yrs old admited to west bank hospital with a back pain on one day notice. After X ray report Dr. told us that it is a spine problem, Spine MRI is required for detection of disease .I am not able to take decision for MRI because i do not have any idea for benefits of MRI.

    posted @ Tuesday, June 04, 2013 10:52 AM by Amal Saha

    An x-ray shows the bones and when the vertebrae are closer together than usual, can show that the discs have dried out and collapsed. 
    An MRI scan is ordered to view the soft tissue, particularly the nerves and spinal cord. It can show if there is compression of these nerves and if any damage is being done to the cord. The MRI scan is the best test to see what is going on in the spine and which level the problem is at. 
    Has your father in law ever had metal in his body or eyes? (He will be asked about this.) Unless it is titanium, it could mean he is unable to have the scan. 

    posted @ Wednesday, June 05, 2013 12:33 PM by Lindsey Hall

    Hi I fell almost a year ago injuring my coccyx bone and hip . I have been attending pysio and I have had every pain killer under sun. I cant sit for a long time i.e 15 mins max . Pain has progreesed into my hip lower back inside groin and down my leg. recently it goes into severe spasms and a couple of times I have fallen lost power in left leg. My shoulder neck and arm have only started playing up too causing me to walk lobsided. I have had a limp for eadges now . Only reason I get to sleep is sleeping tabs and valum. 
    I have had cortisone into my knee and hip and was no benefit at all .I sit on a ring when I drive so painful to use leg changing gear. 
    it takes eadges to get up even only after a few mins. Going upstairs and bending is horrendous . 
    Has made me so depressed .got an MRI appointment for nov 2014 that was back in jan 2013. Go to pysio once a week . have baths everyday. Booked MRI Next week private. So worried nothing will show. Pysio said my posture is bad from walking the way after fall and muscles and leg very weak . Please someone help. When pain comes although present everyday when it gets bad cry and vomit with it.

    posted @ Thursday, June 06, 2013 7:08 PM by Caroline

    I have had strong - severe lower back pain for approx 5 years. Several issues: Bone thinning due to anorexia when younger; severe sciatic pain during pregnancy; problems arising from spinal during EMCS...misaligned pelvic girdle. I take Dihydrocodeiene (approx 400mgs per day) and amytriptaline (25mgs) daily.  
    Last tuesday I woke in agony. Pain dreadful: could not lie down or sit. Crushing weight on lower back (just above Coccyx.Pain like severe electric shock shooting down left leg; muscle spasms lasting from 30 seconds to 2 and a half hours in length. Doctor has referred me to Spinal Clinic who, he says, will refer me for MRI. The pain is unbelievable and continues unabated. Diazepam 5mgs did not help at all, even when I doubled it to 10mg. Oramorph not really doing much - masks it a little, but not enough to be much use.  
    Any ideas? I am keeping on walking - just can't lie down, or sit down for more than about 15 mins and that's only when I fall asleep. I'm a single parent to 2 children, too - can't afford to be this hopeless! 

    posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 6:34 PM by Liane

    I have lower back pain since 4 years.i got mri scan in that observation the problem were about BULDGE related doctor said that my l4 and l5 disc had some difficulty the treatment was useles am suffering very strong pain in these days plz have some solution

    posted @ Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:53 AM by vijay

    Hi , I just have got my fathers MRI. Nd I can't wt it has shown will you explain wt it is written  
    1. Mild anterior wedge compresion of D12 vertebral body. With collapse of superior end plate & marrow edema.  
    2. Diffuse annular bulge with bilateral foraminal annular tear at L4 -L5 level causing narrowing of bilateral neural. Foramen & possible impingement of traversing nerve roots 
    3.diffuse annular bulge with right paracentral protusion at L5 -S1 indenting d thecal sac with narrowing of right lateral recess&possible impingement of right traversing nerve root 
    4. Screening of cervical spine demonstrates disc osteophyte complex at multiple levels indenting the thecal sac&cord in the cervical region  
    And give me some suggestion also please!

    posted @ Wednesday, June 26, 2013 3:46 AM by sabira jan

    Hi , Below is my mothers MRI. At the time of MRI my mother having little pain at the back. But after 5 days she is suffering from severe back pain. Doctor is giving pain killer and phisiotherapy. Could some one explain what does the report says: 
    1. Mild scoliosis with convexity to right side 
    2. Disc desiccation at multiple levels 
    3.Diffuse disc bulges from L2-L3 to L4-L5 with indentation over thecal sac and causing narrowing of bilateral lateral recess/foramen. 
    4. Posteriocentral and right paracentral disc protrusion at L5-S1 with indentation over thecal sac and causing narrowing of right neural foramen.

    posted @ Friday, July 05, 2013 8:09 AM by Rama krishna

    My daughter had an MRI done on her back, lower part, as when she had her baby back in March the epidural given to her was given just as she was having a contraction and it had to be redone. She has been having MAJOR problems with her back ever since then and been on pain meds since then also. Also need to know if an MRI can cause a woman to feel like she can feel like she is pregnant when she knows she's not.

    posted @ Monday, July 22, 2013 1:19 PM by Laurel Longoria

    Hello. I am 17 years old and am getting my first MRI Tuesday on my lower back. I have no idea what to expect and am worried about getting it done. Do you have to drink any of the drinks like with a CT scan? My symptoms include progressive lower back pain and when I bend over and stand back up, everything from my lower back down goes numb with a hurtful numb. Any ideas on what it could be? Thank you!  

    posted @ Sunday, August 11, 2013 3:25 AM by Sarah

    had a L2 thru L5 laminectomy in January, 2013. In late August I began to have right thigh pain. It is now September and pain has progressed to lower back (same area as lami scar) and left hip. I have begun a workup with MD. Scared to death it is a failed spinal surgery. Has any one had these symptoms?

    posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 6:59 PM by

    Will be having my first MRI tomorrow morning at Swedish in Issaquah WA. 
    Have had ongoing right hip pain and lower back discomfort. I can't walk more than a couple of blocks without everything locking up. This has been going on since 2009 and slowly progressed. I sit down a lot cause that's the only thing I can do without being in constant pain. Can't stand more than a few minutes in one place without feeling like my hips are going to go out. 
    It's been a nightmare. My dr. thinks I have spinal stenosis and will need surgery to repair.  
    I will follow up once I get the results back.

    posted @ Saturday, October 05, 2013 8:10 PM by Chris

    I did my MRI as i had low back pain for 20 days ,it showed "broad based postero central prolapse of l3-l4 and 4-5 discs with indentation of thecal sac and both side exiting nerve roots " please advise i am bending towards left as i feel stiffness at my right hip.occational pain can walk and sit .

    posted @ Saturday, January 04, 2014 9:48 PM by arul

    Arul - see an ortho who specializes in spinal surgery see what they recomend if it is not that bad a simple micro surgery is in order if it is severe you may need a discectomy with fusion which means they will remove that/ those disks and fuse the vertabre together i had this done to the L5-S1 in 2010 and am planning another in 3/2014 i advise to see exactly what needs to be done as this is why they have to go in for me they missed the problem of the L4-L5 and L3-L4 have facet block injections done as they serve 2 purposes 1 helps pain. 2 more importantly it helps the Dr see what other disks may need work good luck and i hope you can have micro surgery ohh and the facet block injections may very well help the hips as i could barely walk untill i got the injections see also if you have SCOLIOSIS of the lumbar and depending of what work you do .... change may be needed just FYI

    posted @ Monday, January 06, 2014 4:52 PM by Ray

    My son 6y.o had sacral pain and unable to walk for 2 days... We visited an ortho already,hd xray,ct scan(negative)...blood test: Alphos: 113,LDH: 434,ESR:38...

    posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 4:45 AM by Mhay Rodriguez

    gait,leg weakness,stiffness, and immobility. decreased trunk mobility for 2years. various doctors, mri's, emg's and blood tests. ?????????

    posted @ Thursday, March 06, 2014 5:00 AM by william

    In 2006 I was diagnosed with a Tethered Spinal Cord (which goes down into the Sacrum) In a lot of pain and on Narcotic & muscle relaxer. I took Relafen NSAI however that caused Hospitalization, & major issues with my Intestines so they took me off in 2009. Since then the pain increases with each year. Surgery presents a worse risk so that's not an option at this point.  
    I'm looking for other adults with tethered cord to see what treatment & what medicine taken and if deemed disabled.  

    posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:49 PM by Bre

    I did not realise there were so many young people with my problem, so sorry for you all, nerve pain in the back is devastating. 
    However I am old 81 years young and I am having my second MRI scan on Saturday, depending on the outcome will probably be offered decompression, my pain was manageable five years ago, but now is not! is the operation likely to be a success at my age? Please reply Jean

    posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 9:09 AM by Jean Hurley

    I have severe degeneration,herniation,stenosis,bone spurs in my back, and neck. I'm 340 lbs. and very claustrophobic.Will an open MRI work well for me. Also can they scan my shoulders at the same time??

    posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 9:51 AM by Barry A. Perlmutter

    I had severe pinching pain in lower left spinal region after a chiropractic adjustment last Sept, right before my vacation, which was extremely painful during entire trip, it eased up after returning from trip but resurfaced last week, feeling like a pinched nerve. I have seen an Orthopedic Dr, who is ordering an MRI, but pain has subsided considerably, will the MRI show anything with me experiencing only slight pain now????

    posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:21 AM by TAMMY

    MRI REPORT --------postero central herniation of l-3/4 l-4/5 l-5/s1 intervertebral disc leading to smooth indentation over thecal sac with bilateral neural foraminal srenosis.# degenerative changes in lumbar spine. 
    k/c/o pott's apine involving t-9 and t-10 vertebral bodies. followup mri for comparison. 
    severe collapse of t-10 vertebral body 

    posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:02 AM by raj

    mri report-early facet arthrosis and mild ligamentum flavum hypertrophy is noted at L4-L5 & L5-S1 LEVEL WITHOUT OBVIOUS nerve roots compression

    posted @ Friday, August 01, 2014 12:40 AM by MANISH KUMAR SHARMA

    Went to ER on 10/11/2014 severe sciatic pain. Thank God for Morphine they injected, was able to take the CT they ordered.  
    Minimal disc bulge at L2-3 and some minimal facet sclerosis is seeen at several levels but without signifigant bony overgrowth/osteophyte formation or ligamentum flavum. 
    At L3-4, a diffuse broad-based disc bulge is seen. Facet Sclerosis is more prominent than noted above this level, including right greater than left sclerotic change and some subchondral cyst formation. Mild ligamentatum flavum thickening is seen. There is evidence of canal stenosis at this level. In addition, foraminal encroachment is appreciated bilaterally, mild to moderate on the right and moderate on the left. At L5-S1, chronic degenerative changes are seen including disc space narrowing, vacuum phenomenon, endplate eburnation and subchondral cyst formation as well as posterior osteophyte formation. Bulging disc remains, effacing the anterior thecal sac. Some mild ligamentatum flavum thickening is noted. Significant facet sclerosis is noted but without large osteophytes. No central canal stenosis is seen. Moderate right and moderate to severe left foraminal encroachment is noted, mainly due to bony changes. Impression: Degenerative changes, most prominent at L4-5 and L5-S1. There is evidence of central stenosis at L4-5 with some foraminal encroachment. The most severe foraminal narrowing is on the left at L5-S1 with less severe narrowing on the right at this level and bilaterally at L4-5. 
    Given Vicoden & Gabepentin rxs & told I had lumbarsacral radiculopathy. Told to see a back specialist asap. Small town, sol. Sister drove 4 hrs to take me to see University Hospital. They ordered MRI. 
    MRI Results: 
    Straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis. Mild Grade 1 retrolisthesis of L5 on S1 and gentle midlumbar levoconvex scoliosis. Lumbar vertebal body heights are preserved. Bone marrow signal intensity is diffusely heterogeneous. Disc degeneration and degenerative endplate changes are most prominent at L5-S1. Progression of degenerative disc disease at L5-S1. 
    At L5-S1, diffuse disc bulge. Bilateral facet arthrosis. Minimal bilateral subarticular zone stenosis, stable. The foraminal margin of the diffuse disc bulge contributes to moderate-severe bilateral foraminal narrowing.  
    At L4-5, diffuse disc bulge. Superimposed posterior central transversely oriented annular tear. Size of a central disc protrusion, measuring up to 5.5 mm AP today compared to 4.0 mm in 2011. . Ligamentum flavum thickening and facet arthrosis. Worsening bilateral subarticular zone stenosis, moderate in severity and worse on the left with contact of the descending L5 nerve roots, worse on the left. Stable mild bilateral foraminal narrowing. 
    Saw Neurologist 2 weeks later. Told "Not a candidate for fusion". Refered to pain management & a Physiatrist, appt first week of Jan 2015. Meantime, keep taking the Vicodin & gabapentin & Celebrex, rest with knees propped, take it easy, no lifting, (as if) , hot/cold therapy and gentle massage.  
    Had steroid shots in back at S1 & L5, 4 years ago, no help then. Doc told me that he wouldn't write pain meds then because pain was my friend & would prevent me from further damaging my spine. When the steroids didn't work he told me to have the nerves burned off using some radiofrequency procedures. Decided to live with the pain, if it was so friendly and all. Anti-inflammatories, over the counter pain meds, ice/heat, stretching & core strengthening exercises. Then BAM, no warning, here we go.... 
    Haven't been back to work, can't while on those meds. Can't bend over, can hardly walk, can't sleep for more than 3-4 hrs, forget any other part of this my new normal? Need to work, got bills to pay. Can somebody tell me what the CT & MRI results mean? Could they, maybe, use plain English??? Is this pain in my back, hips, and leg going to get any better any time soon? Or am I looking down some barrel? 

    posted @ Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:20 AM by Robin

    I'm 35yrs old mother of 5 and started with excruciating lower back pain about 3 weeks ago. I could barely walk wasn't eating or sleeping due to the pain, my husband had to help me transfer and ambulate. A neurosurgeon got me right in for an appointment and then did a direct admit to the hospital. My MRI showed I had a tear in the disc at the L5 and ordered an epidural injection to help with the healing process. But the MRI also showed there were lesions in the same area. So now I have an appointment for a bone scan tomorrow. Could anyone give me any insight on this??? Thank you so much

    posted @ Sunday, November 30, 2014 10:55 PM by Stacy Robson

    Okay I have been in my job for over 14 years, registered for 4 years. I have had two occasions when i have been unable move, completely bent over. Been on all pain meds, now on Accupan and Diazepam, im waiting on an appointment for a MRI/CT scan... 
    Its constant lower back pain now radiating onto my left leg and I cant straighten it out when in sitting position. When in standing position i am leaned over to the left and cant stand straight. Cant sit/stand for long periods....Im only 34 yrs old. 
    Ive bought heat pads, tens machines to which they all work for a short period.  
    The left side of my back feels like a massive lump. 
    Anybody any ideas, please what this is or whats going on.

    posted @ Tuesday, December 09, 2014 5:53 AM by Shelly Marshall

    I have been having lower back and right leg pain for almost two years now. I believe that I know the cause, in may of 2012, i attempted suicide by injecting myself with liquid mercury, three times. one went into the vien, other two into the soft tissue of both arms. Ive been afraid to get an mri,fearing that the mercury might not have been pure. but i have set up an appointment to get it done. allthe blood work does not register any other heavy metal. are there some that wouldn't show up through urine test,fullblood work, or heavy metal tests. i fear that it will draw the impurities out. should i bee concerned ,or not?

    posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:19 AM by mark wiler

    I've been a below the knee amputee for 46 years. And two years ago they and to go above the knee. I had back pain when it was below the knee but nothing like i got now so my question is could my back pain be coming from being a amputee for 48 years.

    posted @ Tuesday, February 03, 2015 12:06 PM by Ralph

    Please can some one tell me what my Mri results mean? 
    They are degenerative changes at L5/S1 where there is a right paracentral disc protrusion 
    Disc material indents the thecal sac and causes right lateral recess stenosis 
    This may affect the transiting right s1 nerve root 
    They is no evidence of exit foramen stenosis

    posted @ Wednesday, February 04, 2015 9:29 AM by Sjan

    I recently did an MRI and the findings : 
    1. Altered signal intensity lesion involving L4, L, & S1 vertebrae with prevertebral, right paravertebral & epidural abscess suggest infective etiology (?Kock) most lkely. 
    2. Posterior bulging of L4-L5 intervertebral disc with annular tear causing indentation. 
    Could please tell me what this suggest and how intense is the damage. 

    posted @ Monday, February 09, 2015 5:01 AM by Shoshanna

    hi my name is anthony i would like to ask if the para vertebral soft tissues and the posterior elements are unremarkable what does it means

    posted @ Monday, April 27, 2015 6:16 PM by anthony mathura

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