Hi Doctor I had an MRI done and I was wondering if you can give me some advice.
At L-L4, ventral epidural defect, 2mm, most likely bulging disc/osteophyte. Minimal stenosis of the central canal in combination with hypertrophic changes posteriorly. Question of mild clumping of the nerve roots. Possible mild arachnoiditis. Mild to moderate neural foraminal stenosis secondary to combination of lateral extension of bulging disc/osteophyte and facet degenerative change.
At L2-L3, minimal ventral epidural defect, approximately 1.5 mm, most likely bulging disc/osteophyte. no significant central canal stenosis. minimal right and mild left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to combination of lateral extension of bulging disc/osteophyte and facet degenerative change.
Minimal Modic Type II changes involving the anterior endplates at L3-L4 and L4-L5.
To tell you the truth, a radiologist's report about a Lumbar MRI (that is what is quoted here) has no meaning without an individual's history and examination. Handing me a MRI report is like handing me one piece of a 100 piece jigsaw puzzle; I really need more pieces to be able to tell what the actual picture is.
I can say that you are not a "spring chicken" anymore and that some people with these types of MRI finding have no symptoms at all. And that is the straight talk about MRI's.
My best advice is to talk with your doctor and get the full story.
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD