Yesterday I discovered that I had a MRI report that was in English mixed up amongst the dozens of scans!
Before discovering that Seerung and I were talking about what the Dr had said. I mentioned how he told me he had said some bone was floating loose but Seerung said that when she was talking to him in Thai he didn’t say bone but something else but she didn’t know what the English translation for that word was. At the time she was munching her way through some chicken so ripped the bone out of it and showed me what I would call cartilage and said that is what the Dr meant.
In my last post I mentioned I was sending the scans via email to my Dr in Kununurra. The file was 120 mb which is huge in any language but especially when you have an extremely slow internet connection like I do currently.
Thankfully my best mate in Australia came to the rescue. He is a paramedic and just happened to be on night shift that evening so between us we managed to send everything to him and he was able to decipher it at the other end. This was completed at 1.30am my time (3.30am his time!) The actual programme used to view the scans also had to be sent. He then showed it to the head of the ED who in turn said he was going to send it off to a specialist in Perth. I haven’t heard anything back yet but am hoping that my second opinion isn’t too far away!
It is so nice having Seerung and the kids here, makes the day go a lot faster. Just annoying that i can’t give them cuddles or go anywhere with them. I was so looking forward to taking them to this new huge playground in the middle of town but yesterday evening Seerung bundled them into a tuk tuk and took them herself. They are getting a bit feral being cooped in the hotel room but hopefully Seerung can manage to get them out at least once a day to run off some energy.
For all you budding doctors out there, this is what the report said.
MRI of L-S spine
History: A case of chronic lower back pain mainly in the left leg down to the knee.
Technique and Sequences: 1.5 Tesla
Sagittal: T1WI, T2WI, & STIR. Axial: T1WI & T2WI. Coronal: T2WI
The examination shows mild strengthening of the L-S curve with decreased signal intensity (SI) of L4/L5 and L5/S1 intervetebral discs, representing degenerative change. Normal SI and height of all vertebral bodies are noted. All disc spaces are also intact.
L5/S1 level: Left posterior protrusion disc, causing anterior indentation to thecal sac with strengthening to central canal, reflecting to compressed left S1 traversing root.
No bony fracture, osteolytic lesion or spondylolisthesis is also seen.
There is no epidural or paravertebral soft tissue mass.
The conus medullaris is at L1/2 level.
No clumping nerve root is seen.
The otherwise are within normal limits.
Spondylosis at L4/5 and L5/S1 levels.
Left posterior protrusion and disk herniation at L5/S1 level, causing anterior indentation to thecal sac with strengthening to central canal, reflecting to compressed left S1 traversing root.