warlordslegacyMemberFebruary 11, 2012 at 8:38 amPost count: 1
I have had back problems for several years now. I just recently got an MRI done and this is the result.
minor Schmorl’s nodes at L5,3, 2 and 1. Some loss of disc signal and disc height at D-11-12 but no herniation or bulging is seen.
L2-L3 = Minor far left and right lateral bulging without protrusion or herniation. The foramen are patent.
L3-4 Minor broad protrusion squaring the spinal space slightly greater in the far right lateral aspect with minute narrowing of the right foramen. No complete herniation is seen.
Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine is otherwise unremarkable. Chronic appearing changes described.
— The following is my symptoms.
I do have mid back pain that does including some tingling sensations around the spinal area. I have low back pain directly around the spinal area. I do not feel any pain in the muscle regions it just seems to be a feeling of tightness around my spine. I have tingling that is around the spine and sometimes goes down into my thighs. I have been noted by a physician in the past to have leg weakness upon one of the times my back was hurting the most. He wanted an MRI done at that point but was unable to due to lack of finances. Just now recently able to get back into a doctor and get treatment and an MRI done. It hurts for me to sit or stand too long. Housework or general work makes me hurt. Seems at the moment I can not win. I am unable to do Physical therapy due to finances but do have an appointment with a doctor to get pain management. With my current MRI results what can I expect long term in regards of potential symptoms that may be cause by this. In the past I was prescribed Diclofenac and robaxin and they seemed to help with symptoms so I am hoping to get something similar or the same this time around and hope they help.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorFebruary 12, 2012 at 1:37 amPost count: 8379
Your spine MRI suggest the condition of Scheuermann’s disease (see website for complete explanation). This condition predisposes the spine for degenerative changes which can cause local spine pain. One of the potential problems with Scheuermann’s disease is an increased kyphosis of the spine (an abnormal forward curve) in the upper lumbar spine or thoracic spine (the chest). This condition makes walking and standing more difficult.
A proper physical examination and standing X-rays would reveal this condition.
If you do have this condition, extension exercises are the order of the day. These exercises induce the muscles of the spine that bend the spine backwards to strengthen. If your problem is degenerative disc disease without increased kyphosis, then core strengthening exercises are important (see video on website from TV 8 to explain these).
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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