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Is anyone familiar with Lumbar Facet Syndrome?

In reading some of the notes the doctor wrote after my visit earlier this week, I noticed that he mentioned Lumbar Facet Syndrome. I looked on line and sort of understand what it means but I would like to hear about others who have experienced this problem. I know that it is very painful and might be one of the causes of my mobility issues. If I understand it correctly, it also could be contributing to the sudden appearance of the side curve in my spine that had manifested over the last two years since the last time I had an xray of my lower back done. Thanks everyone.



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,480

    I do not know if this can cause the appearance of a sudden curve, but I do know it is painful. It is also called osteoarthritis. Next week, I am scheduled for facet joint injections due to inflammation. I was diagnosed with osteo of the spine several years ago.

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  • memerainbolt Are they both the same thing? I thought that they were two different things, or a specific aspect of OA in the spine.
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,480

    I did some research and here's what I found:

    Facet Joint Syndrome. Facet joint syndrome is pain at the joint between two vertebrae in your spine. Another term for facet joint syndrome is osteoarthritis. The facet joints are the joints in your spine that make your back flexible and enable you to bend and twist.
    It is also classified as an arthritic like condition of the spine. I have 2 fractured vertebra due to osteo at T11-T12.

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  • Interesting. I have to ask my doctor about this. Going to have an MRI next week. Will see what happens.

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,480


    Please keep us updated on what you find out.

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  • This is the result of my MRI that I had this afternoon. Can anyone interpret it for me?
    I got this from My Chart this evening when it was posted (in other words haven't talked
    with the doctor yet).
    ..Study Result

    Progression of degenerative changes at L3-4 since the prior study. 
    Moderate degenerative change L4-5 and L5-S1 similar to 09/11/2017.

    Anatomic Thoracic/Lumbar Variant: None. L4-5 is considered the level of 
    the iliac crest and assume there are 5 lumbar-type vertebrae.

    Transcriptionist: PSCB 
    Transcribe Date/Time: Jun 26 2019 2:51P

    Dictated by : DANIEL LOCKWOOD, MD

    This examination was interpreted and the report reviewed and 
    electronically signed by: 
    DANIEL LOCKWOOD, MD on Jun 26 2019 2:56PM ESTNarrative* * *Final Report* * *

    DATE OF EXAM: Jun 26 2019 2:45PM 


    PROCEDURE REASON: Spinal stenosis of lumbar region with neurogenic 

    * * * * Physician Interpretation * * * *


    CLINICAL HISTORY: Spinal stenosis of lumbar region with neurogenic 

    TECHNIQUE: Routine lumbosacral spine MR protocol without gadolinium.

    COMPARISON: 09/11/2017


    Counting reference: Lumbosacral junction. For the purposes of this 

    Alignment: Alignment is anatomic.

    Bone marrow signal/fracture: No evidence of pathologic marrow 
    infiltration. No evidence of prior fracture.

    Conus: The conus is within normal limits of signal intensity and 

    Paraspinal soft tissues: Renal cysts on the right have been previously 
    evaluated with kidney ultrasound 11/15/2017.

    Lower thoracic spine: Visualized lower thoracic canal and foramina are 

    T12-L1: Canal and foramina are patent.

    L1-L2: Canal and foramina are patent.

    L2-L3: Moderate disc and facet degenerative change similar to the 
    prior study. Mild canal and bilateral foraminal narrowing unchanged.

    L3-L4: Severe degenerative disc changes progressed since the prior 
    study with progressive type I degenerative endplate changes. 
    Circumferential disc bulging and facet hypertrophy cause moderate canal 
    stenosis slightly progressed since the prior study.

    L4-L5: Moderate degenerative disc and facet changes with moderate 
    canal stenosis and subarticular recess narrowing bilaterally and mild 
    right and severe left foraminal narrowing are unchanged from the prior 

    L5-S1: Moderate degenerative disc and facet changes. Severe right and 
    mild left foraminal narrowing similar to the prior study.

    Sacrum and iliac wings: The visualized sacrum and iliac wings are 
    within normal limits.

    Component Results

    There is no component information for this result.

    General Information


    06/26/2019 2:45 PM


    06/26/2019 2:58 PM

    Ordered By

    Kush Goyal, MD

    Result Status

    Final result

  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,303

    No one on Veritas-Health is qualified to interpret any diagnostic test and provide analysis.  Only qualified medical professionals can provide you with this information.

    As a general rule, you always look for 3 keywords.   Mild, Moderate and Severe.  Those terms pretty much can help explain any current situation.

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