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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)

Degenerative disks are 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, which is very painful. Also when the disks degenerate, ...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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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

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I'm a 64yo male with degenerative disc disease at l2-l3 and l3-l4 from an mri. I have no pain, but I have foot drop in my left foot. How can this be?

I'm a 64yo male with degenerative disc disease at l2-l3 and l3-l4 from an mri. I have no pain, but I have foot drop in my left foot. How can this be?

Many cuases : Nerve injury. The most common cause of foot drop is compression of the nerve that controls the muscles involved in lifting the foot. This can happen at the knee or in the lower spine. Muscle or nerve disorders. Brain and spinal cord disorders. Multiple sclerosis or stroke ...Read more

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I have herinated buldging of my l4-l5.And also have degenerative disc dieases.well now im told i also have stable retrolisthesis ofl4and5.

Lumbar disc disease: Lumbar disc disease at the L4/5 level is very common. This is arthritis of the low back. As a disc degenerates or wears out it can bulge, tear and herniate. The facet joints can become weak and the spine can slip or become unstable (retrolisthesis). The L5 nerve root can become compressed and lead to pain and numbness radiating down the leg (sciatica). See a neurosurgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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