I had had sever back pain for years, recently I went for my followup thoracic and lumbar MRI and flexion/extension xray series. I would like some help understanding what I'm reading. I do have a followup appointment over the phone (I live in a different state than my doctor) but thats not for 3 more weeks.
[B]Thoracic MRI Findings:[/B]
Subannular disc protrusion (extending 2-3mm beyond the endplates) at T10-T11 and T11-T12 which reaches the ventral suface of the thecal sac but does not displace the cord itself. Both of these disc protrusions are just to the righ of the midline. There is a smaller disc protrusion just to the right of midline at T7-T8, this does not reach the thoracic cord.
[B]Lumbar MRI Findings:[/B]
The tip of the cornus medullaris terminates at T12-L1 and conus morhphology is normal. There is a diffuse of annular disc bulge at L5-S1 just reaching the ventral surface of the thecal sac and touching the traversing S1 nerve roots in the lateral recess. There is a tear in the outer annulus. At L4-L5 there is a diffusely bulging disc lying close to but not displacing the traversing L5 nerve roots bilaterally. Conclusion: There are disc protrusion at L4-L5 and L5-S1. At L5-S1 the disc touches the traversing S1 nerve roots bilatterly. Please correlate for S1 radiculopathy.
[B]Flexion/Extension Xray Findings:[/B]
There is mild wedging of the T10-T11 vertebral bodies with accentuation of the throacic kyphosis at that level. There is disc space narrowing at L5-S1.
What does this all mean and how is it treated? Is there hope that I could have less pain?
Also when I looked up the wedging of my thoracic discs all I could find was info about compression/wedge fractures. Is my disc fractured or was it at some point? How is that treated?
I appreciate any help you have to offer! Thanking for taking the time to read my post!