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MRI shows degenerative disc disease. Annular bulging, thickening of ligamentum flavum, hypertrophic changes. Indications?

I had an MRI done and it said, sagittal and axial images show degenerative disk disease as well as degenerative changes at the apophyseal joints throughout the lumbar spine . Annular bulging, thickening of the ligamentum flavum and hypertrophic changes at the apophyseal joints relut in a mild degree of degenerative thecal sac compression at he L1-2 through the L5-S1 levels. Degenerative stenosis involves the intervertebral nerve root canals bilaterally athe the L2-3 through the L5-S1 levels. What is this in simple terms. Thank you
Asked On : Sun, 17 Feb 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

I should admit that the clinical data (history and findings) of the patient is important to come to any conclusion, only MRI data is not enough!

Your MRI of lumbar spine (lower back) shows bulging of the discs (soft tissue located between the bones) at a few levels. This is causing narrowing and compression over the nerves that exit there.

The common symptoms from these MRI changes could be back pain, leg pain, tingling and numbness of legs, etc.

The treatment would depend on your symptoms. Please discuss with your doctor.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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