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1. Moderate degenerative disc disease L4-L5 unfavorably progressed since prior exam. 2. Interval development of a small posterior left paracentral dis?

1. Moderate degenerative disc disease L4-L5 unfavorably progressed since
prior exam.
2. Interval development of a small posterior left paracentral dis?

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 as there is no leg pain this may just be an incidental finding that goes along with progression. @ Ur young age U need take care of Ur back. NSAIDS, activity modification, & avoid sports that R high impact. Don't put Ur self@ @ fisk. ...Read more

Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Occurs when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine so when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, ...Read more


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I have degenerative disc disease(L4,L5) at a younger age.Are people like me still walking and functional when older(50s)? Would I need surgery later?

I have degenerative disc disease(L4,L5) at a younger age.Are people like me still walking and functional when older(50s)? Would I need surgery later?

Of course: You can be healthy and functional. You need to be proactive and take care of yourself. Good nutrition, keep the weight off, good body mechanics, keep exercising, especially back strengthening and core. There is no reason that you can't be physically active and healthy long long long into the future! Good luck ...Read more

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Is this bad?: Moderate degenerative disc disease at L4-L5 and L5-S1, better characterized on the more recent MRI. A disc osteophyte complex at L5-S1

Is this bad?:  Moderate degenerative disc disease at L4-L5 and L5-S1, better characterized on the more recent MRI. A disc osteophyte complex at L5-S1

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, don't cause pain. The disc degeneration is often associated with bone spurs, or osteophytes. Again, this can be normal as we age. Low back pain due to degenerative issues is effectively treated with nonoperative methods - exercise, therapy, OTC meds. ...Read more

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20 y/o female with compression Fx at T11 & degenerative disc disease between C5-C6 & L4-L5. MRI & DEXA just ordered. Ideas on what could cause this?

20 y/o female with compression Fx at T11 & degenerative disc disease between C5-C6 & L4-L5. MRI & DEXA just ordered. Ideas on what could cause this?

Compression fracture: 20 y/o is too young to osteoporosis but some conditions may lead to early one such as cystic fibrosis. Trauma is by far the leading cause for such things then if a pathological fracture is suspected, diseases that involve bone need to be ruled out (infections, tumors...). Further history can probably narrow down the differential. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease dislocation of 3 lumbar discs and disc herniation at l5/s1 and disc bulges on l3/4 l4/5 my doctor says he can't op why?

I have degenerative disc disease dislocation of 3 lumbar discs and disc herniation at l5/s1 and disc bulges on l3/4 l4/5 my doctor says he can't op why?

Conservative surgeon: There are several possibilities. The surgeon may feel that your problem(s) will not be helped by surgery. Another possibility is the doctor doesn't want to operate at multiple levels. Spine surgeons usually don't want to operate unless they are sure surgery can help you. This is an excellent attitude. ...Read more

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Bilateral L5 pars W/ grade 1 anterolithesis of L5 on S1 W/ mild degenerative disc disease. 30mg codiene over 3 yrs now ineffective?

Need evaluation: This sounds like a chronic pain syndrome. It needs to be evaluated. Be certain where the pain is coming from. See what can be done to help it. On codeine long term is never a good idea. It depends on what else your physician and pain physicians can offer you. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease in my L5 S1. Ever since my back injury i have had frequent urnination. What could be the cause?

I have degenerative disc disease in my L5 S1. Ever since my back injury i have had frequent urnination. What could be the cause?

I would consult-: -a urologist, as this is not a symptom of back injury. It is usually leaking or incontinence, either way start with an urologist & get referrals if needed. ...Read more