My MRI report:
- Disc dessication from L2-3 through L5-S1.
- Posterior annular tear at L4-5 with central and right sided impingement upon the thecal sac.
- bulging annulus with L5-S1 with the annulus just touching the right sided spinal nerve at this point.
No good news.
My doctor allowed me to read the MRI report and went over what it meant with me, explaining the worst-case scenario of each item. He told me, quite frankly, that he had been expecting my MRI to come back without anything on it. I guess he thought I was making a big deal out of nothing.
Then he proceeded to give me the worst-case scenario, which involved back surgery, dessicating discs and atrophy to muscles. I came out of the conversation with him shell-shocked and freaked.
He put me on a 1200-calorie a day diet, both to reduce the pressure on my back and in anticipation of back surgery. It was his opinion that, with back surgery, in my case it wasn’t a question of if but a question of when. It was our goal, he said, to put it off as much as possible.
He gave me strict instructions on what I could and could not do. He told me that I would be deadling with back problems for the rest of my life. And he told me that he would have to monitor me closely because of the medication I would be forced to take to control the pain.
As I said, no good news.
Two weeks later, my orthopedist told me that there was nothing wrong with me.