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Neuro dxme with 2 herniated/collapsed disc, L4 & l5, says need 2 level fusion. Back, nerve pain & numbness change b/w mod 2 severe. Chance of perm dam?

Neuro dxme with 2 herniated/collapsed disc, L4 & l5, says need 2 level fusion. Back, nerve pain & numbness change b/w mod 2 severe. Chance of perm dam?

Yes: There certainly is a possibility of failure of relieve the pain and numbness if you leave the problems untreated. Have you tried anything other than talking to a surgeon. Before I have a 3 level fusion i would try physical therapy and injections from a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Barium (Definition)

Barium is a chemical element with symbol ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity barium is never found in nature as a free element. Its hydroxide was known in pre-modern history as baryta; this substance does not occur as a mineral, but can be prepared ...Read more


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Lumbar lordotic curvature is reduced. Loss of T2WI hyperintensity is seen at L4-5 & L5-S1 disc levels suggestive of desiccative disc change. ?

Lumbar lordotic curvature is reduced. Loss of T2WI hyperintensity is seen at L4-5 & L5-S1 disc levels suggestive of desiccative disc change. ?

Degenerative disc: As we age we do develop gradual degenerative disc disease, a "wear and tear", and not unique to see desiccation or drying out of disc structure, which can shrink. This is NOT an indication for either surgery or injections, and best handled by good nutrition, sleep, and exercise. If you have low back pain, a physical therapy program can benefit. ...Read more

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Impressions: 1) broad based central disc protusion at l4-l5 level. 2) mild degeneration changes in cervical and lower lumbar spine.

Impressions: 1) broad based central disc protusion at l4-l5 level.  2) mild degeneration changes in cervical and lower lumbar spine.

Not unusual: What you have listed under the impressions seems to be a report from an MRI scan or ct scan of the spine. In a 26 year old, these are not unusual findings. The disc bulge refers to an outpouching of the l4-5 disc. It is not frankly ruptured or herniated. This goes along with the degenerative changes you mention, which are often referred to also as arthritic changes of the spine. ...Read more

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X-ray revealed facet athropathy L3 l4, L5 s1, thoracic ddd changes at multiple levels. I feel electric shocks all day. Whats next steps I should take?

X-ray revealed facet athropathy L3 l4, L5 s1, thoracic ddd changes at multiple levels. I feel electric shocks all day. Whats next steps I should take?

Spinal stenosis: Having thoracic ddd, is normal when you're older than 30. The severity can very. Spinal stenosis can give you a sense of electric shocks, but sometimes the cervical spine can be responsible for this. Please have yourself evaluated by a good orthopedic spine surgeon, and get a good diagnosis. Lower extremity radiating pain can be due to the imaging studies you described. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had lumbar MRI for acute butt pain. Says " loss of disc height seen at the l4/5 and l5/s1 levels. Degenerative changes of the sacroiliac joints.

Had lumbar MRI for acute butt pain. Says " loss of disc height seen at the l4/5 and l5/s1 levels.  Degenerative changes of the sacroiliac joints.

Coccydinia: Degenerating discs in the lumbar spine lose elasticity and cushioning which can lead to tail bone pain. Cortisone injections (caudal block) along with physical therapy and bracing can help reduce the pain. See a neurosurgeon to identify the source of the pain. ...Read more

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How long does barium enema take?

How long does barium enema take?

Check out: Radiologyinfo.Org for discussion about barium enema. May still need other tests such as endoscopy or ct scan of abdomen / pelvis depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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How much do barium enema testing cost?

How much do barium enema testing cost?

Cost varies : There are usually 2 charges for any x-ray test a technical charge and a physician charge. Make sure you ask for the physician fee information as well as the hospital or x-ray center charge when you check costs. Costs vary greatly at different hospitals so you may want to comparison shop if you have no insurance. Also adk if there is a cash discount and/or assistance based on income. ...Read more

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I had a barium enema last week. What does this mean?

A barium enema: Is a procedure performed in radiology under fluoroscopy. The radiologist fills the colon with barium and sometimes with air to look for polyps, masses, diverticular disease, and areas of narrowing. ...Read more

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What will I feel or experience during the barium enema procedure?

Pain, bloating: For braium enemas, expect to feel some abd cramping or discomfort . Bloating may also occur. A lot depends on the extent of evaluation. ...Read more

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Are you required to make any special preparations before barium enema?

Are you required to make any special preparations before barium enema?

Be: You need to have a clean colon. Usually have GoLytely (polyethylene glycol) the evening before tomake sure there is no stool that can mask any abnormalities on the colon wall. ...Read more

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Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more


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Barium Enema (Definition)

Barium enema is a special x-ray of the large intestine, which includes the colon and rectum. Feel ...Read more