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Back pain & numbness in foot after mri report l5-s1: wide based shallow disc herniation eccentric to left. mild degree facet prominence. central canal not significantly stenotic. what does this mean?

8 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Hashmat Rajput answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

It means herniated disc. The disc is a cushion like piece in between the vertebrae. Itabsorbs the shock on walking and body movement. When it comes out of it's place then it presses on the nerve and causes numbness and pain to part of body where the nerve goes. In your case the nerves are L5 ;s1.You are on vicodin ; pt. Also get emg. Apply pain patch.Accupuncturd. Read- http://doctorrajput.Com.

Answered Dec 29, 2020


Dr. Mark Weston answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

If your symptoms are left sided and consistant with a l 5 or s1 distribution might want to try an injection for diagnostic reasons good luck mostly good news no significant arthritic nartowing of nerve passages.

Answered Nov 28, 2017


Dr. Qamar Khan answered

Specializes in Pain Management

This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.

Answered Mar 17, 2014



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