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Whats wrong with my back?
iMicman posted:
I'm posting a link to images of my mri hoping that I could get your opinions on L5-S1 of my spine. I've been dealing with back pain for 4 years and last week it got much worse. My mri was yesterday.

About 11 months ago I had a micro-discectomy on the disc in that area, but it only helped some and now I'm worse than ever. I've made appointments with 4 different surgeons but it will be a couple of weeks before I see the first one.

Can you help me understand whats wrong with my back?
davedsel57 responded:
Hello. has a very good page for interpreting MRI reports here:

We are mostly laypeople here with more experience with spine problems than we wish we had. There are Experts that are assigned to this community, and they will eventually reply.

For a true and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, you do need to discuss your report with all 4 surgeons. You are wise to get several opinions before deciding on what route to take to manage your pain.

I pray you can get the relief you need soon.
Click on my user name or avatar picture to read my story. Blessings, -Dave
Ari Ben-Yishay, MD responded:
your MRI is VERY UNIMPRESSIVE. I see almost no evidence of any open spinal surgery. Pain could be from the disc you had the "microdiscectomy" on. Only a discogram (discuss with your treating surgeon) could determine this, if it is needed.
Dr Ben Yishay

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