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Doctor insights on: I Have Djd In My Thoracic And Lumbar Spine What Can I Do

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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Dose severe djd lumbar spine causes a person to have pain?

Maybe: I've seen people with terrible looking MRI have no pain at all. Pain is a relative and subjective thing, so yes it can cause lots of pain, or may cause no pain at all. It's best to stay active, build your muscles up with a supervised program so your bones will be supported better. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to go in for an MRI of my thoracic and lumbar spine and am claustraphobic. My question is do I have to go in head or feet first?

What to do if I have to go in for an MRI of my thoracic and lumbar spine and am claustraphobic. My question is do I have to go in head or feet first?

You have two options: First, you can asked to be sedated for a closed MRI or request to have an open MRI if you do not wish to be sedated which depending on the make, are very easy to tolerate even if very claustrophobic. The size of the magnet or its strength should be listed at at least 1.5 telsa for a good spine evaluation. ...Read more

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What does levoconvex curvature of the lower thoracic and lumbar spine mean?

What does levoconvex curvature of the lower thoracic and lumbar spine mean?

Means direction: It means which side the spine is curved .' Levo ' means left ' Dextro ' means towards right . Good Luck ...Read more

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How long will an MRI with and without contrast take for the area of the brain, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine?

How long will an MRI  with and without contrast take for the area of the brain, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine?

MRI: Based on the time required for each anatomical region, the quality and number of MRI sequences may be short changed if more than two regions are examined in a single session. ...Read more

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Multiple hnp in thoracic and lumbar spine, causing severe spasticity in flanks/ribs. Anyway to prevent or learn them? Ortho and pcp were of no help.

Multiple hnp in thoracic and lumbar spine, causing severe spasticity in flanks/ribs. Anyway to prevent or learn them? Ortho and pcp were of no help.

Second opinion: I would assume that you have had an MRI. It seems no physicians are helping you. Get a second orthopedic opinion and clarify what YOU mean by spasticity. You symptoms cannot be diagnosed online- sorry! ...Read more

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Xrays of my lumbar spine shows atherosclerotic changes along the aorta & thoracic shows visualized aorta atherosclerotic changes also. How bad is this?

Xrays of my lumbar spine shows atherosclerotic changes along the aorta & thoracic shows visualized aorta atherosclerotic changes also. How bad is this?

That's a common fin-: Ding. Check with your pcp, control diet, treat your high cholesterol, reduce weight, keep active with daily exercises, stop smoking, if diabetic.. Get it under good control, take Aspirin daily. Most importantly see your pcp. He should have done this, if not do take these steps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is a thoracic disc herniation usually more painful than of cervical or lumbar spine? Any harder 2 remove?

Thoracic Disk: Pain is too subjective to answer, but to answer the second part of your questions, yes. Unlike the cervical spine, where the disk is pretty close to the skin, we can't easily remove a thoracic disk from the front, the heart and lungs are in the way. Unlike the lumbar spine, where the spinal cord has ended, the thoracic spine still contains the spinal cord. More risky and more difficult to remove. ...Read more

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I want to know if my esi was done correctly. A neurosurgeon gave me 3 esi's almost 2 years back. 2 in my lumbar spine & 1 in my thoracic spine. The ones to the lumbar, i didn't feel much of a difference. The 1 to my thoracic caused a lot of pain, during t

In : In the past spinal epidural injections were done without x-ray. Today lumbar punctures to evaluate for meningitis and epidurals catheters for pain control during childbirth are still done without x-ray. Spinal injections are now usually done with x-ray to verify the needle position and because of the greater complexity of some injections compared to standard lumbar epidural injections you had. Doctors think that the chance of getting the medicine in the correct location is better using x-ray, even though they were done without x-ray for years. Unfortunately no spinal injection, or spinal surgery for that matter, work all the time for everyone. Good luck! ...Read more