Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    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

    Helpful Tips

    try yoga for sure the positions and stretches help alot. u will feel relief but do not stop just continue doing it More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 4 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center