a month ago, I had my first appt with my spine dr. He told me the results of my cat scan:
XC SPINE LUMBAR: Bilateral pars defects at L5, consistent with bilateral spondylolysis. Thereis a tiny grade 1 spondylolisthesis at L5-S1.
Foraminal stenosis on the right at L5-S1, probably moderate-severe. Mild foraminal stenosis onthe left at L5-S1. This foraminal stenosis is likely due to eccentric disc bulge/protrusion.
bulging disk. He told me that I have 2 options. Shots or surgery. He said I'm a good candidate for surgery. I told him I need time to think about my options.
Anyway a couple days later I bent over to pick up an item I dropped and had severe burning pain in the area above L5. I waited it out. Since then it been real mild but left me wondering. Did I get another bulging disk? I left email with my dr. He said that since my lower back is messed up that it's normal to have spinal pains above L5. I also have pain in spine in upper back area between shoulder blades area and there is a bony spot there very tender to touch. I had that area hurting on and off for couple of weeks before I had PT and had cat scan of lower back area. I'm wishing o can get my whole spine cat scanned. I'm very curious about the areas above L5.