MRI Shows Further Damage to My Lumbosacral Spine

The MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the lower back I went through last December 28, 2016 showed further damage to my lumbar spine and sacrum, as compared to a previous one done in 2015. When I had a falling accident in August 6, 2016, which fractured my left knee cap, my back was also affected and for three days, while confined at the hospital, I couldn’t move because of the excruciating pain I felt in my lower back. A CT scan was done, aside from an X-ray, at Al Adan Hospital where I was rushed to, via an ambulance, after my fall and it only revealed my old diagnosis of spondylolisthesis of the lumbar spine, a condition where there is a slippage of Lumbar 4 (L4) over L5 vertebral body.

The MRI was ordered by a Spinal Specialist after I complained of intense and sustained pain in my back and pain, numbness and weakness of my lower extremities. The report had the following Impressions:

Lumbar spondylosis associated with relative lumbar spinal canal stenosis and multilevel disc affections.

Mild lumbar scoliosis associated with mild left-lateral slippage of L4 over L5 vertebral body (Spondylolisthesis)

When I went to see the Spinal Specialist/Surgeon last January 11, 2017, he readily saw the more pronounced disk bulges as well as stenosis (narrowing) from my L5 to Sacral 1 areas. The disk protrusions and the narrowing of the intervertebral spaces are the ones causing the pain in my back as well as the weakness, numbness and pain of my two lower extremities, he said.

Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the condition, the surgeon explained, but the pain and the numbness and weakness of both my legs can be lessened through surgery.

Will you go for surgery? That was the kind spinal surgeon asked, of which I didn’t readily respond to. It will be risky, of course, I finally said. Yes, it is, but you will be referred to the most experienced and efficient surgeon, after which he told the nurse to schedule a meeting, but only after I am cleared from bone primaries. He was aware of my cancer and the recurrence in 2014 and ordered for a PET scan. He likewise referred me to the Pain Clinic.

I now have the schedule for the PET scan – fasting on February 14, 2017 – and non-fasting on February 20, 2017 – and it will be done at the Nuclear Medicine Department of the Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC). As to the Pain Clinic at the Al Razi Bone Hospital, I will have my first visit on January 24, 2017.

Will I go for surgery? Still am weighing the pros and cons, together with my husband Waleed.

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer."

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