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degenerative disc disease l4 l5

A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
This means that-: -compared 2 earlier images there has been progression of the prior degenerative changes also since then a small L disk protrusion is present. As long ... Read More

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A female asked:
Dr. Kurt Ehlert
27 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Degeneration is norm: What you're describing could be the normal process of aging in the lumbar spine. Discs degenerate as we get into our 30's & 40's, but most often, ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends: Consider seeing a chiropractor who is a physical therapist. Other options are spine surgeon or pain mgmt specialist. Good luck.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
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 imp ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Worn down: L5-S1 is the lowest motion segment in the spine. The MRI shows that level has become "worn down" leading to degeneration of the disc and the facet jo ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Neck discs: It means that the disc between your neck (cervical) vertebral bodies 5 and 6 has s bulge in the center of it below the ligament.
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A female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Let me explain: S1 nerve impingement (at the L5 – s1 level) from a herniated disc may cause loss of the ankle reflex and/or weakness in ankle push off (patients canno ... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Elskens
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Need for 2nd O.R.: Adjacent level changes are common after fusion surgery. Conservative treatment is still warranted like therapy, body mechanics, and facet ( joint) inj ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Tsung
17 years experience Neurosurgery
Likely carpal tunnel: Both have overlap within the hands depending upon the distribution. MRI is necessary of cervical spine and in many cases if distribution is not disti ... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Too many issues here: If you do have all these listed problems, you need a good internist to take care of you and guide you further. Health matters get complicated if you t ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
42 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Means you have oste-: Oarthritis of the ac joint. Get seen by an orthopod to start treatment. Good luck.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: Your neuralgia, your inconsequential hemangioma, and what sounds like G6PD deficiency that you can learn to manage are not related. I am glad you are ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Osteophytes are spurs: Osteophytes are bone spurs and accumulate with life and uncertain how much they are contributing to you back pain which can occur for lots of reaso ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Olav Jaren
18 years experience Neurology
Myelopathy: Are you sure it is T3, (liothyronine) 4, 6? Not C3, 4, 6? T refers to thoracic. If there is little CSF around the cord, you already have spinal s ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Simon
37 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
See spine surgeon: A pain doctor can determine if the pars defect is the cause of,pain. If so, then surgery is an option, spinal cord stimulation, and various pain meds ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
?cauda equina syndr.: If you possess a large ruptured disk in the lower back which compresses multiple nerve roots, or if you have lumbar stenosis, this could affect both b ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
MRA report: The correct thing to do is to ask the physician who ordered the test to explain the findings to you
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Scully
Specializes in Neurosurgery
May mean nothing : The bar is a bone spur. Caused by disc degeneration at that level. It is a common finding and may not mean anything clinically. The important questi ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
57 years experience Neurology
Many possibilities: Peripheral neuropathy has many causes from anemia, to toxic causes to endocrine disease consult the doctor who ordered the tests!
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Trauma / scoliosis: Scoliosis and trauma would be the most common causes in a 10 year old. Degenerative arthritis can also occur with juvenile rhematoid arthritis and oth ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Yes but: Alternatives are external beam radiation and radiation seeds (brachytherapy). At your age, conservative (watching) isn't advised. All of the therapies ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Seegers
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Tarlov cysts: Hello, these are benign perineural cysts or cysts in between the coverings of the nerves, usually found co-incidentally at MRI of low back. Yours are ... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Seems likely: Seems from what you say there is disc in the left nerve path. Not that this doesn't happen it does and fairly frequently. Sometimes even scar tissue ... Read More
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