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MRI shows L3-4 disc desiccation, right foraminal annular tear and mild diffuse disc bulge. Effects on body ?

when an mri report is done and the result shows L3-4 disc desiccation ,ritht foraminal annular tear and mild diffuse disc bulge. No central canal or foraminal stenosis . 2. L4-5 left foraminal protrusion with mild impingement of the exiting leff L-4 nerve roots. what are the effects on my body. and i have tried just about every medication for the pain that i have been feeling before doing this mri report. what can be done to help my situtation
Asked On : Sat, 16 Feb 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Your MRI of the lumbar spine (lower back) shows bulging of discs (soft tissue located between the bones) at two levels and mild compression of the nerves that exit from there.

This can lead to low back pain and pain in the legs, along with tingling and numbness of the legs.

Specific medications that may help you are pregabalin or gabapentin capsules. In addition, physiotherapy would also be useful. If you do not show adequate response to these, epidural injections may be given.

Please discuss these with your doctor.

Wishing you good health,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Tue, 19 Feb 2013
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