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MRI shows disc spurs, disc bulge, lumbar facet hypertrophy, mild loss of disc height. Indications?

Hi I have been having back issues since 2008. I am 38 years old and my MRI s state :cervical C3-4 mild broad base spur, C6-7 Moderate broad - based disk spur complex w extension into the neural foramina, C7-T1 right paracentral disk bulge impressing on the thecal sac .... And DDD. Lumbar: facet arthropathy/ hypertrophy in all regions, L2/3 mild ligamentum flavum thickening, L3/4 ( can no longer see far left annular fissure ), L 4/5 disk protrusion associated w neural foramen narrowing and ligamentum flavum thickening, L5/S1 posterolateral L annular tear associated w adjacent disk bulge close to the L nerve root . Development of Moduc type I endplate signal at L5-S1. And mild loss of disk height. With all of that said. What does it mean? My dr. Does not seem concerned, but I m in constant pain , have lost range of motion, and generally miserable. I should note that I also have fibromyalgia . Thanks for any feedback!
Asked On : Wed, 27 Feb 2013
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Hi. All the changes repoted on MRI are age related degenerative changes present in many.. Most of them are asymptomatic. One needs to examine yu and decide which one is probable reason for yur pain and treat accordingly. Good luck.
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