Originally Posted by sheba71
Hi i just got some mri results and im doing so much research im getting confused my results are as follows:
l1-l4 normal apperance
l4-l5 minimal bulgin of disc is present diffusely and mild ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet hypertrophy are present. there is no central canal stenosis. there is mild right and mild to moderate left foraminal narrowing.
l5-s1 mild diffuse bulding of disc is present central annular tear is present. Mild ligamentum flavum hypertrophy and facet hypertrophy are present. These findings cause mild forminal narrowing bilaterally. There is no central canal stenosis.
what im wondering is what this all means and do i have weight restrictions i have been told not to pick up my grand children and to take this year off of bowling. Please can someone give me some advice thanks and god bless
You may want to repost on a new thread so more people will see it What are your symptoms?
Since you have no spinal canal narrowing they will probably treat you conserving ally with PT. My 1st herniated disc of occurred when my son was 2 and I strongly believe that picking him up all the time contributed. I had a fusion and another baby and neck got worse again when he got heavy.
Reccomend you avoid it whenever possible and ask for PT, maybe traction.
Take care of your neck or you could end up with 5 more herniated discs like me!
Edit: the torn disc isnt good but i think you can still avoid surgery. Try to find a PT that can teach you how to avoid injury. Do the exercises faithfully without pain. I cannot bowl anymore but you may get better if you are careful. I was in so much pain with my first one he surgery was a gift. Now am in pain all the time but not as intense and surgery not An option anyway.
Don't be scared. Life goes on.