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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Disc Space Narrowing

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What causes neck arthritis is a young adult? My MRI showed narrowing of the disc space and a slight bulge.

What causes neck arthritis is a young adult? My MRI showed narrowing of the disc space and a slight bulge.

Incidental finding: Up to 15% of people under 40 have MRI evidence of degenerative changes. What was the reason your physician ordered the mri? What were your symptoms?

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Diagonisd with narrow disc space & doc said tis the reason of left leg pain. Can this be the cause since of pain in leg since childhood.?

Diagonisd with narrow disc space & doc said tis the reason of left leg pain. Can this be the cause since of pain in leg since childhood.?

Unlikely the cause: Discs are the cushions between the vertebrae of the spine and with trauma or aging, the gel center of the disc can protrude, causing it to collapse and put pressure on the spinal canal and cord and nerves and sciatica. It is rare to have this in early childhood, but has been seen in young adults who participate in active sports. Spondylolithisis can occur at L5-S1 but usuallly causes back pain

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My back pain problem is spinal estenose, what you advise? Cirurgury with a spacer on vertebral discs?

My back pain problem is spinal estenose, what you advise? Cirurgury with a spacer on vertebral discs?

Just a decompression: Stenosis is surgically treatedcwith a simple decompression through a small insicion on the back to relieve leg pain with activityt the complex reconstruction you describe is for something entirely different decompression tak e30 min to do one level4weeks to recover from.

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If I had a fusion of L4-S1 with a spacer at L4/5, why would my most recent MRI say that there is disc-desiccation and at L5/S1 also a disc protrusion?

Adjacent degeneratio: Because of the fusion there is more stress on the docs above and below leading to their degeneration like narrowing, bulging or herniation. However some people can get degenerative discs adjacent to another abnormal disc just spontaneously.

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Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing the same thing?

Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing the same thing?

Not really: I wouldn't say the terms are interchangeable, but certainly degenerative disc disease can be seen as disc space narrowing as described on xrays and other imaging.

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Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing two terms for the same disease?

Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing two terms for the same disease?

YES: Degenerative disk "disease" is a misnomer. This is not a disease but rather describes the normal age related processes that occur to our disks. These changes include disk dehydration, disk bulging / protrosions/ herniations, and disk space narrowing. These processes can be visualized nicely with an MRI scan and sometimes can be inferred by an xray.

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Will metal spacers and braces with a wire help expand my narrow palate?

Will metal spacers and braces with a wire help expand my narrow palate?

Absolutely not: Spacers make room between teeth for placement of metal bands on back teeth. Braces ; wires align teeth. At 37 the 2 halves of your upper jaw have fused to each other ; to the other bones in your skull. Palatial expansion therefore mandates an expansion appliance + jaw surgery. See a qualified orthodontic specialist and inquire about "sarp.".

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What does it mean when you have a mild intervertebral disc space narrowing at the t11/12 level?

What does it mean when you have a mild intervertebral disc space narrowing at the t11/12 level?

Nothing: Probably means nothing and was read by a radiologist who knows nothing about you. Mri scans in 100 people your age will show ' something abnormal' in a disc space about 40-50% of the time. See your md if you are otherwise concerned.!

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I have back problem. I can't bent forward. I got disc space narrowed of s5 an s6. Suggest treatment.

I have back problem. I can't bent forward. I got disc space narrowed of s5 an s6. Suggest treatment.

Acute treatment: There is no s5 and s6, but a narrowed disc is simply an indication of early/mild disc degneration, which is essentially normal for most patients. If you can't bend forward, acute treatment with an oral steroid pack and steroid and/or toradol injections often will resolve the acute process, and then you can proceed with physical therapy to maintain your motion/flexibility.

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Husband right leg does not function uses cane and drags leg. Still falls often. He had surgery to remove disk and had spacer put in but leg no?

Husband right leg does not function uses cane and drags leg. Still falls often. He had surgery to remove disk and had spacer put in but leg no?

Leg problem: This problem is most likely neurological and related to your husband's back (disk) issue. I assume you have discussed this with the surgeon. If not, do so asap. Nerve injury is certainly a concern.

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Findings: mild anterior osteophytosis noted. Mild disc space narrowing at l5-s1. Conclusion: degenerative disc desease. What does this mean?

Findings: mild anterior osteophytosis noted. Mild disc space narrowing at l5-s1. Conclusion: degenerative disc desease. What does this mean?

Little: As our radiology colleagues love to say, "clinical correlation is recommended"; not knowing what your symptoms or physical exam is like, these results don't mean much. Regardless, do take actions to help decelerate progression of your ddd.

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What does it mean to have moderately severe degenerative disc space narrowing in c4-6 with mild retrolisthesis with small uncinate process osteophytes?

What does it mean to have moderately severe degenerative disc space narrowing in c4-6 with mild retrolisthesis with small uncinate process osteophytes?

Arthritic neck: Your description does not imply any symptoms or pain whatsoever. Degree of arthritis does not correlate with pain. So, unless you are having a significant problem, relax and continue along as you were.

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There is a osteophytosis with disc space narrowing, end plate irregularity and disc desiccation at L1-2 and L5-S1.

There is a osteophytosis with disc space narrowing, end plate irregularity and disc desiccation at L1-2 and L5-S1.

Degenerative disc: Not universally symptomatic may be an asymptomatic incidental finding take care assuming the these findings cause any symptoms/ pain

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What is "diffuse disc space narrowing from L1 to L5-S1 with marginal osteophytes arising from the vertebral endplates."?

What is "diffuse disc space narrowing from L1 to L5-S1 with marginal osteophytes arising from the vertebral endplates."?

(osteo)arthritis: Whoever ordered xrays and gave you results should have explained results to you (or patient). More important than xray interpretation (no offense intended towards radiology colleagues) is why xray ordered in first place. While xrays may show evidence of arthritis, we treat patient & pain/debility, not xray. Sometimes, there can be lots of pain despite normal xray. Other times, no pain w/coincidenc

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Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Sounds like: You may be suffering from Osteoporosis. You need to see a Spine specialist for complete evaluation ands a referral to Physical Therapy which offers your best path to recovery! Good Like Hope this helps! DrZ

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What can I do for bunion pain management, surgery not an option. I ice before and after dance., spacers cause more pain. Pain worst when squatting.?

What can I do for bunion pain management, surgery not an option. I ice before and after dance., spacers cause more pain. Pain worst when squatting.?

Feel like Dancing?: The key word in your question is dance. Dancing and bunion deformities just do not seem to go together without problems. You can certainly try the usual modalities that may offer some temporary relief at best. These include, but are not limited to, ice, ice/heat, NSAIDS (Motrin), topical gels (Zostrix) or even changing shoes. There has been some promising improvement of symptoms with Prolotherapy.

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Can steroid asthma inhaler still cause oral thrush when using a spacer?

Can steroid asthma inhaler still cause oral thrush when using a spacer?

Yes: Although a spacer may reduce the deposition of steroid on the throat, it does not eliminate it thus leading to thrush. Try gargling with water or a mouthwash after each use to see if this helps.

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Can aerospan cause bacterial infection if I have a spacer? Also what diff between aerospan & dulera (formoterol and mometasone)?

Can aerospan cause bacterial infection if I have a spacer? Also what diff between aerospan & dulera (formoterol and mometasone)?

No: If any infection it would fungal, to avoid that either with a spacer or without, drink water or gargle after adminstring the medicine, the difference between aerospan ( flunisolide); an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and dulera (formoterol and mometasone) (mometasone/formetrol) is that the latter is a combo medicine, containing an ICS and LABA ( Long Acting Beta Agonist)1;

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Prominent disc space narrowing and mild degenerative changes throughout lumbar spine for some years. Could spinal decompression cure, what is best?

Prominent disc space narrowing and mild degenerative changes throughout lumbar spine for some years. Could spinal decompression cure, what is best?

No cure: These MRI findings are frequently asymptomatic.You can try decompression no evidence it provides permanent changes perserve normal healthy backmusculature by avoiding posterior back surgery.

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Prominent disc space narrowing, bulges, and mild degenerative changes throughout lumbar spine for some years. Spinal decompression? Best opinions pls!

Prominent disc space narrowing, bulges, and mild degenerative changes throughout lumbar spine for some years. Spinal decompression? Best opinions pls!

Spinal decompression: Remember, any changes that occur with traction are temporary. Once normal weight bearing is restored, all changes revert to pre-traction state. Inversion tables do exactly the same thing for about $250 total vs. Around $200 per treatment with traction. So if it feels good, it sure beats popping pills! Consider a mckenzie pt, or pilates/yoga/piyo as preventative. And don't smoke--accelerates ddd.

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