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L3-l5 no disk disease, minor degenerative facet change, no impingement. L5-s1 no disk disease, bilateral degenerative facet change no impingement. Mean?

Back pain. You are describing low back arthritis in terms of an MRI of the lumbar spine. Low back pain can be generated from degenerated or torn discs, nerve impingement from herniated discs, and inflammed or degenerated joints (facet) that connect one segment of the spine with an adjacent segment. Reducing or eliminating low back pain involves physical therapy, injections, and possibly surgery. Read more...
Spine Pain Options. 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. Read more...

Lumbar MRI showed N impingement @ L5-S1 & poss surgery'd be microdiscectomy to remove extruded part w/ min recovery. Now symptoms indicate L3-L4 impingement too. How would this change poss surgery/recovery?

Include L3-4 too. Surgery could possibly be extended to include L3-4 as well as L5-S1 microdiskectomy; same surgery, just 2 levels rather than 1. Recovery would be slightly more painful, slightly longer, otherwise same plan & prognosis for recovery. Good luck! Read more...
Back surgery. You need to ask your surgeon, however if MRI was fairly recent and showed no problems at L3/L4 then answer probably no change. Pain could be from the extruded fragment migrating slightly and/or inflammation. If you were to have additional disc problems at L3/L4 then surgery somewhat lengthened but really shouldn't affect recovery much. . Read more...

X-ray revealed facet athropathy L3 l4, L5 s1, thoracic ddd changes at multiple levels. I feel electric shocks all day. Whats next steps I should take?

See below. The findings you describe are typical for degenerative changes to the spine. The electric shocks may be related to irritation to the lumbar nerve roots. See your physician to discuss further workup which may include and MRI and/or electrodiagnostic studies. You may also be referred to a specialist for further evaluation. Read more...
Spinal stenosis. Having thoracic ddd, is normal when you're older than 30. The severity can very. Spinal stenosis can give you a sense of electric shocks, but sometimes the cervical spine can be responsible for this. Please have yourself evaluated by a good orthopedic spine surgeon, and get a good diagnosis. Lower extremity radiating pain can be due to the imaging studies you described. Good luck! Read more...