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A 32-year-old female asked:

I got serve back pain , the report says that there is a reduced disc space between l5-s1 level and loss of lumbar lordosis due to back muscle spasm?

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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
May be better choice: Taking narcotics for acute pain is not "bad". There may be better choices, though. 2 vicodins contains up to 1000 mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) so you have to be careful not to exceed 3000 mg per day for nl adult size. It also has hydrocodone which is possibly addicting. Try regular tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. You may also benefit from a Medrol dose pack. Talk to your doctor who knows your history and your exam.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 42 years experience
Inflammation: Aging or degeneration of the spine is termed spondylosis which can lead to arthritis or inflammation causing the muscles to react causing them to spasm pulling out straight the lumbar spine causing a loss of its sway or curve known as lordosis. However, this may not be the source of your problem as it is a very common finding so see a physician for a proper evaluation and treatment plan.
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Last updated Jul 20, 2017


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