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Mild diffuse posterior protrusion mildly indenting the discs, Desiccation of L4-L5/ L5-S1. Never got injured nor fell on my back. What causes this??

Mild diffuse posterior protrusion mildly indenting the discs, Desiccation of L4-L5/ L5-S1. Never got injured nor fell on my back. What causes this??

Mri findings: These findings you describe are considered normal findings in May patients or may be related to genetics After the age of 40, 80 percent of the population has degenerative discs with buldging and disc dessication. Also, recent studies on identical twins have shown that degenerative disc disease is highly genetic in nature ...Read more

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Does reverse of cervical lordosis and disk desiccation cause migraines? And or also digestive problems?

Does reverse of cervical lordosis and disk desiccation cause migraines? And or also digestive problems?

No: These conditions are not typical causes of migraine. Headaches may occur but I would suggest you get evaluated by a headache specialist before ascribing your headaches to these findings on your X Ray of spine. ...Read more

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What is mild disc desiccation?

What is mild disc desiccation?

Disc dehydrated: It is mild dehydration of the disc, suggesting damage to the blood supply of the disc and foretelling a decay cycle and aging of the disc. In and of itself, not important to worry about unless associated with severe symptoms, then needs proper consideration and evaluation. ...Read more

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What does diffuse disc desiccation mean?

What does diffuse disc desiccation mean?

Might be age: The term is saying that multiple discs (presumably in your back/neck) are dried out and decreased in size. This happens to everyone as you age and the question is whether it is more than normal. ...Read more

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What does desiccation of the disc without loss of disc height mean?

What does desiccation of the disc without loss of disc height mean?

Normal aging: Dedication means drying out. There is a central pulp in the disc which tends to dry up as we age. It is really the way most discs look on MRI as people get older. Fortunately it has not started to lose height yet but it probably will over time. We call this degenerative disc disease. ...Read more

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I have l4l5 l5s1 disc desiccation could this be causing elevated temperatures?

I have l4l5 l5s1 disc desiccation could this be causing elevated temperatures?

No: Disc desiccation is a natural process of aging, unfortunately. No relationship to body temperature ...Read more

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Can mild disc desiccation reverse itself one study says its there and one study says its not I'm confused same goes for disc bulges what to believe?

Can mild disc desiccation reverse itself one study says its there and one study says its not I'm confused same goes for disc bulges what to believe?

No: The reason for the difference is the tuning of the signal as it is read on the film. The fluid dries out of a disc that is injured. The injury is there because of ligament that are loose in the back.

If you have the pain, contact a doctor that does prolotherapy to help you. Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to learn about prolotherapy and find a doctor to help you. ...Read more

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Can u explain to me what disc desiccation with small or mild broad based central subligamentous hnp and minimal deformity of anterior thecal sac means?

Can u explain to me what disc desiccation with small or mild broad based central subligamentous hnp and minimal deformity of anterior thecal sac means?

What are ur symptoms: X-ray reports are interpretations normally made by a doctor who never meets you. Someone who knows your symptoms and history and exam findings is the only one who can tell you what the interpretation means for you. ...Read more

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How would I correct my back the l5-s1 has disc desiccation and 2 mm of retrolisthesis of L5 onto s1?

How would I correct my back the l5-s1 has disc desiccation and 2 mm of retrolisthesis of L5 onto s1?

Don't look at pic: The picture of your back usually does not play a role in your treatment unless you have failed nonop care and have symptoms that warrant surgery and findings on studies consistent with your complaints. All of us develop changes at l5-s1 over time and the dessication with retrolithesis is a normal finding for most as we age not necessarily requiring a "fix.". ...Read more

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I heard fusion is the best way to fix severe disc desiccation on l5-s1. All other nonsurgical procedure didn't work the past 4 yrs. Time for surgery?

Replacement possible: Fusion is gold standard but disc replacement is done as well at this level. Goggle active xl and prodisc for lumbar disc replacement to learn more. This is done in limited centers in us. Dr jochen feil md in hiddleburg germany is an e pert in this procedure. ...Read more

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Can an accidental fall irritate a degenerative desiccation of the lumbar discs?

Can an accidental fall irritate a degenerative desiccation of the lumbar discs?

Yes.: Any sort of trauma, including falls, excessive strain, or being hit, could potentially irritate lumbar degenerative discs. ...Read more

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What does L2-L3 mild disc desiccation without significant stenosis and disc desiccation with mild disc bulge mean?

What does L2-L3 mild disc desiccation without significant stenosis and disc desiccation with mild disc bulge mean?

Degenerative changes: As we age, motion and loading in the spine will begin to wear down the discs, and they get dry (desiccation) shrink top, to, bottom and bulge as the outer rings waken in the disc. Generally it means you need to strengthen your core muscles, lose weight, stand straighter, exercise more to help ease your back pain. ...Read more

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What would the terms "“Desiccation involving L1-2 and L5-S1 discs." and ". Mild facethypertrophy.” on my MRI mean?

What would the terms "“Desiccation involving L1-2 and L5-S1 discs." and ". Mild facethypertrophy.” on my MRI mean?

Dry discs, thick bon: Dessication means drying; d discs b/w d lumbar vertebrae r dry, & possibly bulging where dryness is d worst. (Vertebrae r numbered by location: S1=1st sacral, L=lumbar). Facet hypertrophy means d joints of the vertebrae r overgrown & thick, pointing out a tendency 4 arthritis (in spine, called spondylitis). TTYD to figure out what this means 4 u vis-a-vis ur symptoms. False findings r possible! ...Read more

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I was in a car accident and just got my MRI report back today the results say "slight narrowing mild disc desiccation of the l5-s1." please explain?!

I was in a car accident and just got my MRI report back today the results say "slight narrowing mild disc desiccation of the l5-s1." please explain?!

Don't worry: The findings you describe are not related to your accident but likely reflect a condition common to all bipeds, degeneration of the discs that act as cushions between the vertebral bodies of your spine. While you seem young for this, you can counteract these changes by doing the correct back excercises and keeping your core strength well developed. Make sure you aren't overweight. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Done 4 years of pt, pain meds, 2 mri's 3 years apart. Have very bad disc desiccation l5-s1. Should I consider fusion surgery? 30year old male.

Done 4 years of pt, pain meds, 2 mri's 3 years apart. Have very bad disc desiccation l5-s1. Should I consider fusion surgery? 30year old male.

Maybe: You're quite young for lumbar fusion but sounds like you have had a long trial of conservative treatment. Only you with the advice of your treating surgeon can make this decision. ...Read more

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Desiccation of L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs. Mild diffuse posterior protrusion L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs mildly indenting the thecal sac. What does that mean?? Thnxx

Desiccation of L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs. Mild diffuse posterior protrusion L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs mildly indenting the thecal sac. What does that mean?? Thnxx

Nothing important: Dessication of the discs is an early sign of aging but is not harmful by itself. Mild protrusions are seen commonly and are asymptomatic.

In my over 25 years of experience with these findings, they are common and of now importance. Don't worry about them. ...Read more

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Mri says mild desiccation, slight loss disc height at l5s1, broad based central left sided disc protusion which abuts s1 nerve roots l5.Please explain?

Mri says mild desiccation, slight loss disc height at l5s1, broad based central left sided disc protusion which abuts s1 nerve roots l5.Please explain?

Where the: Nerve roots that are going down your leg where there is a protrusion are getting pressure and that is probably where the piano is from. Surgery probably won't help but steroid injections into the area of pressure might. If that fails surgery might be a last resort depending on how bad the disc protrusion is. I have seen them take out the disc if all conservative management has failed. ...Read more

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My MRI read there is stable disc desiccation mild to slightly moderate disc protrusion resulting in stable minor to mild mass effect on the anterior central thecal sac the disc protrusion demonstrates a subcentimeter focus of signal abnormality suggesting

My MRI read there is stable disc desiccation mild to slightly moderate disc protrusion resulting in stable minor to mild mass effect on the anterior central thecal sac the disc protrusion demonstrates a subcentimeter focus of signal abnormality suggesting

Question Cut off: Your question was cut off... The parts that I see basically mean you have some mild disc bulging, but sounds like there is not any significant pinching of the nerves. This is very common. Can potentially cause some pain but does not typically benefit from surgery. ...Read more

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Can multilevel, severe thoracic disc desiccation result in upper left back pain after eating? Thanks.

Can multilevel, severe thoracic disc desiccation result in upper left back pain after eating? Thanks.

Look at GI tract: If this connection between eating and pain continues to hold true, look for a source within the gastrointestinal tract. Esophagitis and gallbladder disease are two possibilities. ...Read more

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Fuse L4/S1 Feb 2014. MRI this month: L3/4: There is mild disc Desiccation, disc bulge, and posterior annual tear. What does this mean?

Fuse L4/S1 Feb 2014. MRI this month: L3/4: There is mild disc Desiccation, disc bulge, and posterior annual tear. What does this mean?

Back pain: You are developing breakdown or arthritis at the level above the fusion. The fusion acts as a lever and puts extra stress on the adjacent level. A CT scan of the lumbar spine can determine if the fusion is solid and the hardware is not broken/loose. Arthritis and back pain can occur at the level above the fusion (L3/4) or below the fusion (sacroiliac joints). See your spine surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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MRI- "l/4-l-5 disc desiccation. Small central protrusion w/ tiny posterior annular tear. No canal stenosis or sig. Foraminal narrowing". What it mean?

Some pain: The disc is between two vertebrae, the spine. They act like shock absorbers. When they have a problem they bulge out of their space. It sounds like it sticks out and touches some nerves. The disc has a band around it. It may tear like yours did. The point where nerves leave the spinal cord, the exit foramen is ok. ...Read more

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I have severe disc desiccation on my l5-s1 according to my MRI, is this a good reason for surgery? I'm 30 looking for long term results

I have severe disc desiccation on my l5-s1 according to my MRI, is this a good reason for surgery? I'm 30 looking for long term results

Not always: You could try conservative management first like physical therapy, exercises, or manipulation therapy. These modalities could be tried alone or in combinations. ...Read more

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At C2-3 there is a desiccation and posterior bulging of the intervertebral disc, causing impingement of the anterior thecal space. Same at C4-5.?

At C2-3 there is a desiccation and posterior bulging of the intervertebral disc, causing impingement of the anterior thecal space. Same at C4-5.?

Age appropriate: Not concerning without neurologic symptoms, most likely age appropriate asymptomatic changes 30 percent chance of causing no symptoms take care assuming this is the cause if neck pain these are expected mild changes at 84 confirms a healthy structural neck ...Read more

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I am 32 years old and have chronic thoracic back pain. I have Scheuermann's Kyphosis, disc desiccation, broad based disc bulges, facet arthrosis, etc.

I am 32 years old and have chronic thoracic back pain. I have Scheuermann's Kyphosis, disc desiccation, broad based disc bulges, facet arthrosis, etc.

Kyphosis: Palliative pain care, activity modification and tolerence yield. The most predictable positve outcomes. Indication for surgical correction of kyphosis is over 60 degrees which is a huge curve, unpredictable pain reliever done to prevent progressive deformity not pain, the other changes can be related to the scheurermans disease (old news) they are not degenerative changes ...Read more

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What dose mild degenerative changes with disc desiccation c3-c4, c4-c5and c5-c6 and c6-c7 and reversal of cervical lordosis with disc desiccation mean?

What dose mild degenerative changes with disc desiccation c3-c4, c4-c5and c5-c6 and c6-c7 and reversal of cervical lordosis with disc desiccation mean?

Not much: If these are your film readings, suggests some early wear and tear degenerative problems, especially for your age. The films also suggest muscular spasm. In view of findings, if you have symptoms, find a good physical therapist. ...Read more

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Discongenic disease at L5-S1 and slight disc desiccation at L4-5. Mod cen can sten. Throut l.spine. Mod deg. Or neural foraminal sten at L4-5 L5-S1.

Discongenic disease at L5-S1 and slight disc desiccation at L4-5. Mod cen can sten. Throut l.spine. Mod deg. Or neural foraminal sten at L4-5 L5-S1.

Central stenosis: Sounds like you might consider surgery in the future if pain is significant or numbness, weakness, bowel or bladder problems. See Orthopedics for pre-op advice. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Mri of cervical spine says there is disc space desiccation from c3c4 through c5c6 intervertebral disc space level. What does it mean?

Mri of cervical spine says there is disc space desiccation from c3c4 through c5c6 intervertebral disc space level. What does it mean?

Degenerative change: Means that the disc, which is a sort of "cushion" between the vertebral bodies, is losing elasticity due to chemical alterations in its substance, generally associated with aging and wear and tear. It is an early manifestation of degenerative disc disease/arthritis. Very common, likely not to cause symptoms as an isolated finding. No treatment per se, no follow up if this is the only finding. ...Read more

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I had a back pain, I consult a doc he said that take a MRI SCAN, .the scan report is like. Loss of normal T2W signal is seen in L4-5 disc-desiccation.

I had a back pain, I consult a doc he said that take a MRI SCAN, .the scan report is like. Loss of normal T2W signal is seen in L4-5 disc-desiccation.

Disc disease..: Your lower spine is lumbar.....it has 5 vertebras. They are cushioned by intervertebral disc. The disc between 4th and 5th is damaged, dry shrunk, abnormal size a nd height. This causes alignment problem and flexibility issues.....leading to pain. Back strengthening exercise and anti-inflammatory pain med, muscle relaxant will help. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disc L5 S1 with disc desiccation an disc height loss. Could my right foot be swollen due to this my foot hurts so bad to walk?

I have a herniated disc L5 S1 with disc desiccation an disc height loss. Could my right foot be swollen due to this my foot hurts so bad to walk?

Maybe indirectly: L5/s1 discs cause low back pain, buttock cramping, and throbbing bone pain in the thigh and calf but not swelling. The swelling might be indirectly related to it if you are not using the leg as the muscles move fluid back towards the heart. You should see your doctor to make sure it's not anything more serious such as a blood clot or fracture ...Read more

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I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

See doctor: Degenerative disc disease of the thoracic spine can cause rib pain, chest pain, and shortness of breath (from pain) but it shouldn't cause palpitations. Palpitations, chest pain and sob can also be heart problems. Go see doctor right away. Make sure your heart is ok. ...Read more

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MRI of lumbar spine lists desiccation of disc at L5-S1. L4-L5 mild facet arthropathy & hypertrophy. L5-S1 minimal bulge & moderate facet ^. Meaning??

MRI of lumbar spine lists desiccation of disc at L5-S1. L4-L5 mild facet arthropathy & hypertrophy. L5-S1 minimal bulge & moderate facet ^. Meaning??

Aging changes: Disc desiccation refers to loss of water content in the discs as a result of aging. Facet hypertrophy is degenerative arthritis of the joints between the vertebral bodies. A bulging disc is one that protrudes out to some extent into the spinal canal. All of these are just descriptions. Significance depends on how these findings relate to your symptoms and physical exam. ...Read more