MRI results for back

United States
May 25, 2012 8:11pm CST
Just got MRI results for my lumbar scan. Apparently, I have bulging discs in L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, and S1. Also I found out I have scoilosis as well. Wow! All of them are pushing on the thecal sac which is basically the sac that has the cerbreal spinal fluid in it, and the bundle of neves running up and down your spine. Maybe this is a part of the reason I am having so many medical problems. I don't see the dr. for the follow up on this until mid June, but was wondering right now what treatments this might call for in the future. Surgery? Any thoughts?
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@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
26 May 12
I was told I had a touch of scoliosis as a kid but my parents never did anything about it. These days, many years later I don’t seem to have any problems. When my doctor originally discussed scoliosis he said that I needed a brace and not necessarily surgery. I cannot comment on your particular case because each is different. My advice to you is to seek as many different opinions as you can afford because back surgery s serious stuff and the right thing to do only if you absolutely need it. I wish you the best and hope your pain is at bay.
• United States
26 May 12
The surgery aspect does worry me, but if it has a chance of curing the rest of my problems(specifically with my legs) I would probably try it. Of course surgery is difficult, especially on the back. I have yet to hear of someone who got back surgery that didn't have more complications down the road, than if they would have opted out of it in the first place. Lets just say that my problems now are debiltating to my life, and I would take that risk for surgery.
@GardenGerty (112623)
• United States
26 May 12
I have seen them do surgery on TV and straighten the scoliosis, put in a steel rod and reduce the bulging discs, or sometimes inject something into them. They may, however, start with physical therapy and possibly and external brace to help straighten your back and pull your posture in line, so you can breathe better and digest your food better, etc.
• United States
26 May 12
Well I am already in PT for the past two years for the rest of the medical problems. Maybe I will talk to them and see if there is anything I can do to help this...this back thing is sadly just part of the medical story...and actually lower on the list than the rest of the stuff going on.
@MoonGypsy (4611)
• United States
26 May 12
i don't know if your doctor's would recommend surgery. maybe they might, but it's totally up to you. back surgery is a very serious thing and could have long lasting complications. i know someone, an elderly veteran who had back surgery. he says he wishes he almost never got it. there may be some alternative things that you can try along with conventional medicine. i know an herbal/natural treatment called, yarrow. it is great for bone, back, central nervous system problems. it also is a natural steroid that helps reduce inflammation. don't take my word for it, i am not a doctor. it's better to take your doctor's advice in higher consideration than mine. they know they job. from what i understand, they are not as easy to give out back surgery. you can also try chanting nam myoho renge kyo. this has amazing health benefits especially for back problems. hope your feel better. i know you will be soon. i will keep you in my prayers. keep us posted.
• United States
26 May 12
I will definately take a look at yarrow. Obviously, surgery is last result. Thanks!
@maximax8 (29129)
• United Kingdom
27 May 12
In mid June you will be able to discuss what the next steps will be after your MRI scan findings have shown. Maybe the answer will be surgery which take away all your back pain. Good luck. My disabled son had an MRI scan and I am awaiting the results. He has got spina Bifida. We will be seeing the consultant tomorrow about his poorly leg.
@DoctorDidi (7029)
• India
27 May 12
How old are you because scoliosis usually occurs in old age. I cannot make out what you mean by 'the thecal sac'. If you have bulging discs in L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, and S1, the bulging discs will press on the spinal cord traversing down the vertebral column and will cause acute pain, especially in the lower extremity. In earlier days, weight traction was used to be advocated by many experts but now physiotherapy is mostly recommended and in case of its failure, you may go for surgery in extreme cases.
@mikyung (2233)
• Philippines
26 May 12
I believe that if those conservative treatments used for almost a year or so (i.e. oral and IV pain relievers, TENS, RF) are not working anymore for you, surgical treatment is really an option. If you are in the U.S. right now and have a medical insurance, you may be able to have it done if you have the benefits as long as it is covered benefit based your plan. I think it is medically necessary for you to have the surgery for you have the bulging discs. Talk to to your doctor for more information regarding your possible option. Good luck