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MRI. Lumbar spondysis, mild disc desperation, neuroforaminal narrowing compressing the exiting nerve roots. Meaning?

plz gv Openion on my mri repot:
Impression mentioned in my mri report:
1.changer of lambar spodysis. l4-l5 level, there is mild disc dessication,diffuse disc bulge causing:
-right moderate neuroforaminal narrowing abutting exiting nerve roots.
-left moderate to serve neuroforaminal narrowing compressing the exiting nerve roots.
3.ltl3-l4 level, there is diffuse disc bulge causing bilateral mild neural foraminal narrowing abutting exiting nerve roots.
Asked On : Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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Radiologist 's  Response

The changes described in your report are degenerative (usually age or lifestyle related). Lumbar spondylosis is a general term for degenerative changes of the lumbar spine.

Dessication of disc means loss of disc fluid (not very important). Disc bulge means movement of the disc backwards (slip disc) which may compress nerves. Since you have compression / indentation of multiple nerves, a management decision needs to be taken depending on your symptoms.

If you do not have any severe symptoms (tingling or shooting pain along one thigh, weakness of one leg, etc) and your only complaint is backache, you may be managed only with medicines and exercises. However, if you do have these symptoms, you may need surgery and an expert orthopaedic consultation would be of help.

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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Prasad Akole's  Response
Dear friend, welcome and thanks for entrusting your query here at Healthcaremagic!
I am Dr. Prasad Akole (Critical Care Expert- and am glad to address to your query here.

Your MRI spine shows degenerative changes of lower spine spondylosis.
There is slipped dry disc (inter-vertebral disc which acts as a cushion) at L3-4 and L4-5 levels (lower lumbar spine) causing compressing on the nerves that exit trough the openings in the bony spinal canal. These may give rise to pain, tingling, numbness in the legs.

Most of these are degenerative changes due to wear and tear in the spine.
I would suggest an orthopedic or a spinal surgeon's opinion.

I hope to have answered your query satisfactorily. I would be glad to answer any further queries. Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at
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