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A recent spine x-ray shows loss of volume of t10 and t12, also degenerative disc disease between l3-l4 and l4-l5 what do these both mean?

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Arthritis -- Spine: What are you describing is arthritis of various levels of your spine. Loss of volume describes damage to the intervertebral disc (loss of water), less cushion. Degenerative joint at l-4 and l-5, signify arthritic degeration of the vertebrae - facet and foraminal narrowing.

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WEAR AND TEAR: Loss of volume might mean bone density thinning such as osteopenia, but also, might reflect prior trauma and an area of old compression fracture. Degenerative drying out of the intervertebral disc is not unique as we age, and signs of wear and tear at l3-4, and l4-5 express the level of notable involvement. None of this is potentially surgical.

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AGING: This may mean nothing. Age causes discs to wear out and it may cause no symptoms.

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