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Doctor insights on: Loss Of Disc Height At L5 S1

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Had a laminectomy in 1988 at l5/s1. In 1991 X-ray revealed curvature at 3/4 and 5. Loss of disc height at l5/s1. Is this why I can't put on weight?

Had a laminectomy in 1988 at l5/s1. In 1991 X-ray revealed curvature at 3/4 and 5. Loss of disc height at l5/s1. Is this why I can't put on weight?

Interesting question: Superficial answer: no. However, details might influence the answer. Most typically, patients with back problems tend to gain weight (due to inactivity and stress-related eating). So, your biology is different. What is your inherent weight biology (historical weight character)? A smaller percent of people tend to loose weight with stress. Out of space. ...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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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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X-ray results showed- advanced L5-S1 degenerative disc disease, moderate facet in lower lumbar spine, L5-S1 4mm retrolistnesis and moderate sclerosis?

X-ray results showed- advanced L5-S1 degenerative disc disease, moderate facet in lower lumbar spine, L5-S1 4mm retrolistnesis and moderate sclerosis?

Worn down: L5-S1 is the lowest motion segment in the spine. The MRI shows that level has become "worn down" leading to degeneration of the disc and the facet joints, sclerosis, and a slight slippage (retro listless) of one vertebrae on the other. Don't hesitate to be seen. Many good treatment options available. ...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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Narrowing of the disk space at the L4 5 and L5 s1, loss of disc height, how can we make it fixed?

Disc narrowing: Disc narrowing is a natural aging process. It is just like wrinkles and gray hair. If you live long enough, it will happen to 100% of people. It is not arthritis which is a disease. It is also called degenerative disc disease or loss of height of disc space. ...Read more

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Had lumbar MRI for acute butt pain. Says " loss of disc height seen at the l4/5 and l5/s1 levels. Degenerative changes of the sacroiliac joints.

Had lumbar MRI for acute butt pain. Says " loss of disc height seen at the l4/5 and l5/s1 levels. Degenerative changes of the sacroiliac joints.

Coccydinia: Degenerating discs in the lumbar spine lose elasticity and cushioning which can lead to tail bone pain. Cortisone injections (caudal block) along with physical therapy and bracing can help reduce the pain. See a neurosurgeon to identify the source of the pain. ...Read more

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What does disc height loss in L4-L5 thru L5-S1 and osteophytes in L4-L5 mean?

Entrap roots: Possibly roots can be trapped or spinal space can be stenosed ...Read more

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L5-S1 Mild to moderate disc height loss. Disc bulge is worst centrally but otherwise relatively symmetrical. The meaning of this statement?

L5-S1 Mild to moderate disc height loss. Disc bulge is worst centrally but otherwise relatively symmetrical. The meaning of this statement?

Answer: At the L5-S1 level, you appear to have a degenerating disc which is bulging, which means minor, and no description of herniation or nerve compression. This may merely be a manifestation of "wear and tear" and unlikely to explain back pain, if that is your complaint. ...Read more

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Bulging of l5/s1 combined w loss of disc space height causing moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis slight compression of L5 nerve roots?

Bulging of l5/s1 combined w loss of disc space height causing moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis slight compression of L5 nerve roots?

What is the question: You have not asked a question. What you have is osteoarthritis at l5-s1 of a moderate degree. If back pain is a significant issue you have several options that can help. See an orthopedist or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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X-ray says: grade 1 anterolisthesis of L4 on L5 (6mm) mild disc height loss @ l3-4, l4-5, l5-s1. Feel asymmetric pain: upper r calf/l sole. Related?

Yes: This is also called degenerative spondylo and is dueit to degenaration of the facet joints. It also produces some degree of spinal stenosisand some impigment of the nerve roots and hence some radiculopathy that can give you the symptoms you are expiriencing now. ...Read more

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Pain! How to treat, chiro? X-ray shows spina bifida occulta@l5, grade1 anterolisthesis of L5 w/spondylosis, mild disc space height loss@l4-5&l5-s1

Too little info: As dr. Hines says, a neurosurgeon can help differentiate all of the above and provide you with the best treatment options for your condtion. There are many factors to consider- your age, how much spondylosis, pain location, duration, relief, exacerbation, general health, etc. See a neurosurgeon for some good answers.
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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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Lumbar lordotic curvature is reduced. Loss of T2WI hyperintensity is seen at L4-5 & L5-S1 disc levels suggestive of desiccative disc change.?

Lumbar lordotic curvature is reduced. Loss of T2WI hyperintensity is seen at L4-5 & L5-S1 disc levels suggestive of desiccative disc change.?

Degenerative disc: As we age we do develop gradual degenerative disc disease, a "wear and tear", and not unique to see desiccation or drying out of disc structure, which can shrink. This is NOT an indication for either surgery or injections, and best handled by good nutrition, sleep, and exercise. If you have low back pain, a physical therapy program can benefit. ...Read more

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Greetings! I would like to ask about m xray result: Loss of lumbar lordosis L5 seen sacralized Spna bifida L5 L5-S1 is narrowed Disc prolapse L5-S1?

Greetings! I would like to ask about m xray result: Loss of lumbar lordosis L5 seen sacralized Spna bifida L5 L5-S1 is narrowed Disc prolapse L5-S1?

Combination of issue: Some of the back issues are congenital, some due to injury or wear and tear. None seems surgical, and your symptoms can respond to conservative therapy. ...Read more

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X-ray rprt "loss of lumbar curvature", MRI rprt"l5-s1 disc show posterior central annulus protrusion causing subtle impingement on thecal sac"?

X-ray rprt "loss of lumbar curvature", MRI rprt"l5-s1 disc show posterior central annulus protrusion causing subtle impingement on thecal sac"?

Call your doctor: Your doctor who has the complete report and who has examined you can give you more information. You have a herniated disc which may be putting some pressure on the nerve. Your doctor can give you more information and recommendation for treatment. ...Read more

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I got serve back pain, the report says that there is a reduced disc space between l5-s1 level and loss of lumbar lordosis due to back muscle spasm?

May be better choice: Taking narcotics for acute pain is not "bad". There may be better choices, though. 2 vicodins contains up to 1000 mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) so you have to be careful not to exceed 3000 mg per day for nl adult size. It also has hydrocodone which is possibly addicting. Try regular tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. You may also benefit from a Medrol dose pack. Talk to your doctor who knows your history and your exam. ...Read more

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