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Does loss of height (1 inch) indicate that my spine is becoming more compress? Used to do a lot of weightlifting, lumbar and lower feel compressed

Does loss of height (1 inch) indicate that my spine is becoming more compress? Used to do a lot of weightlifting, lumbar and lower feel compressed

Loss of Height: Loss of height is a natural part of aging, and some people start losing height as early as age 30. It is not uncommon for people to lose 1/4" of height every decade after age 40. Men generally have more muscle mass and lose bone more slowly than women, and therefore do not lose height as rapidly. Loss of height of 1" at 25 is highly unusual, and should be investigated by your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Discectomy (Definition)

Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more ...Read more


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I have disc degeneration, loss of height, protrusion, spondylosis, disc bulge, mild stenosis on neck and lumbar. Can I use an inversion table?

I have disc degeneration, loss of height, protrusion, spondylosis, disc bulge, mild stenosis on neck and lumbar. Can I use an inversion table?

Conservative care: Yes, I believe that all people should exhaust and utilize all conservative measures for treatment of his or her back pain first, prior to discussing surgical intervention. I tell my patients that is it is helpful then it should definately be incorporated in your treatment plan. I have had many patients say that an inversion table has helped with their neck and low back pain. ...Read more

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Does extreme weight lifting causes increased loss of height in elderly age?

NO: Height is genetically preset, very little alteration one can do with diet, exercise, and environment ...Read more

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Can you have a loss of height from heavy weight lifting?

Can you have a loss of height from heavy weight lifting?

No: Your height is dependent on your bone structure, not muscle mass. So, you will not lose height by lifting weights. However, since gaining mass will make you look wider, it may give you the illusion that your height has decreased, even though it is not the case. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Loss of height?

Loss of height.: This means to get shorter. For example, older individuals with osteoporosis can lose height via vertebral compression fractures. ...Read more

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Loss of height at 20 years old? Is that possible?

Loss of height at 20 years old? Is that possible?

Unlikely: Unless the person has a debilitating bone disease, it is very unlikely. Most likely is that person was measured inaccurately or with different methods. ...Read more

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What causes you to have a loss of height when you have osteoporosis?

What causes you to have a loss of height when you have osteoporosis?

Fracture: Compression fractures of the spine lead to height loss. The bone collapses and you shrink. These can be painfree, so if you lose more than an inch in height, see your doctor and consider an xray. ...Read more

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What do you do for an anterrior wedge compression fx. L1 vertebral body with 50% loss of height, 30% superrior endplate retropulsion dextroscoliosis?

What do you do for an anterrior wedge compression fx. L1 vertebral body with 50% loss of height, 30% superrior endplate retropulsion dextroscoliosis?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Mri says Disc t3-4 through t8-9 show loss of height. Intervertebral discs t7-8 and t8-9 mild signal changes. Mild anterior wedging of t7, t8. Meaning?

Mri says Disc t3-4 through t8-9 show loss of height. Intervertebral discs t7-8 and t8-9 mild signal changes. Mild anterior wedging of t7, t8. Meaning?

Mild changes normal: Mild degenerative changes that can be seen in everyone's spine as we age. Wouldn't worry in the least about that MRI reading. It's a bit unusual to get an entire thoracic spine...what are your symptoms? ...Read more

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How long does it take a minor uncomplicated no loss of height vertebral end plate fracture to heal?

How long does it take a minor uncomplicated no loss of height vertebral end plate fracture to heal?

8-12weeks: Most vertebral fractures are healed by 8-12 weeks, although some degree of healing can be seen on MRI up to about 6 months. ...Read more

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All my spine Xrays show severe disc dessication/deg., loss of height, spurs, endplate irreg, osteopenia, scoliosis/kyphosis & spine MRI doesn't, why?

If you statement is-: -true, it should be obvious on an MR. In this case I would check 2 be sure that there was not a mixup in identification of whose images are whose. Be sure that they are your images. ...Read more

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Can loss of height be due to loss of energy resiliency in the disc spaces. Or loss of water, high blood sugar, loss muscle spasticity after psych meds?

Can loss of height be due to loss of energy resiliency in the disc spaces. Or loss of water, high blood sugar, loss muscle spasticity after psych meds?

Unlikely: All the things you suggest as causes are a) unlikely to be the cause of loss of height, and b) extremely unlikely to be caused by psych meds. ...Read more

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I fell off my m'bike. I have compression fracture t12 vertebra (25% loss of height) how long will it take to heal? The Thai doctor said three weeks.

I fell off my m'bike. I have compression fracture t12 vertebra (25% loss of height) how long will it take to heal? The Thai doctor said three weeks.

About right: Assuming you are healthy and a non-smoker that is a reasonable timeframe. Could take up to 6 weeks. Avoid high impact activities or heavy lifting. ...Read more

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When can I return to work after having a lumbar discectomy?

When can I return to work after having a lumbar discectomy?

Depends: Most discectomy patients can return to a sedentary job within 3-6 weeks. Patients with physical demanding jobs may require reconditioning afterwards and may have a slightly longer return to work. ...Read more

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Advantages and disdvantages of laser lumbar discectomy surgery?

Advantages and disdvantages of laser lumbar discectomy surgery?

If the selection: For such surgery is done properly it's advantage is that it can be done using MINIMALLY INVASIVE approaches (eg small incision "band-aid surgery")

Hope this is helpful
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Hi I had lumbar disectomy surgery on my L5 s1. If still possible I can come back in my jiu jitsu and octagon fight?

Hi I had lumbar disectomy surgery on my L5 s1. If still possible I can come back in my jiu jitsu and octagon fight?

Talk with surgeon: I find it hard to believe that the person who operated on you hasn't discussed this and made recommendations. If they said no, then don't search online for an opinion from someone who doesn't really know you. ...Read more

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Having pain behind my eye and standing dizziness. Dura was ruptured 4wks ago during lumbar disectomy. Could working have caused re-rupture?

Having pain behind my eye and standing dizziness. Dura was ruptured 4wks ago during lumbar disectomy. Could working have caused re-rupture?

Possible: Sounds like you possess a spinal fluid leak (like a post-LP postural headache), and have dropping intracranial pressure when standing, which produces your symptoms. Suggest evaluation for a blood patch, which hopefully, will end the problem ...Read more

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Is reherniation after lumbar laminectomy with discectomy possible?

Is reherniation after lumbar laminectomy with discectomy possible?

No: If there was a complete diskectomy, there is nothing left to herniated, but if the surgeon just shaved the disk, then re-herniation can occur. ...Read more

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I had lumbar discectomy my L5 s1 I was wandering how long the dics closed/heal?

I had lumbar discectomy my L5 s1 I was wandering how long the dics closed/heal?

Usually after 12: Weeks one can resume all activities if without ongoing symptoms. ...Read more

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I am going for a lumbar discectomy 3 weeks after having a steroid epidural for back pain. Is this ok or shall I leave the epidural.?

Right hand left hand: 1st i'd make sure both your surgeon and pain physician both know what the other doctor is doing. That always leads to best outcome. An epidural can be done before discotomy however if you're sure your having the surgery I'm not sure an epidural prior to would be of great use. Call both doctors' offices and let them know the whole plan! ...Read more

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What to do if I am 8 weeks pregnant n about three months ago I had a lumbar discectomy n my specialist wants me to have an update. Should I wait for my 20wk?

What to do if I am 8 weeks pregnant n about three months ago I had a lumbar discectomy n my specialist wants me to have an update. Should I wait for my 20wk?

Wait if possible: Your spine surgeon wants an update? Of.....your MRI?? If so, then MRI is considered safe during pregnancy, but if it can wait until 20 weeks, then all the better. Good luck! ...Read more

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Week 2 of lumbar discectomy. How long for numbness to ease off of leg and when can I take a bath instead of a shower?

Week 2 of lumbar discectomy. How long for numbness to ease off of leg and when can I take a bath instead of a shower?

Need sealed incision: Soaking in a tub requires a completely sealed incision, so ones surgeon should inspect it to give the ok. The time required for paresthesia (numbness) to resolve is variable; factors influencing this include the degree of pressure upon the spinal cord or its nerve roots and the duration of the compression. ...Read more

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Hello, is there any long term complication for lumbar (l5 s1) discectomy and laminectomy for prolapsed intervertebral disc. Thank you?

Hello, is there any long term complication for lumbar (l5 s1) discectomy and laminectomy for prolapsed intervertebral disc. Thank you?

Pain, instability: Discectomies work well in immediate pain control, but after some time (5-10 years) they may lead to instability and need for segmental fusion. ...Read more

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Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Mri shows herniated lumbar disc but no back pain only sciatica. Esi only lasted a few days. Chiro recommends discectomy. Any non-surgical options?

Non-surg back option: Physical therapy can benefit even long-term degenerative disc disease sufferers, aimed at muscle relaxation then equilibration, opening intervertebral disc spaces for discs to return to their normal shape, and physical pain relief. Tens units & licensed massage therapy help pain without side effects. Swimming helps strengthen back muscles without jarring or grinding down discs. Good luck! ...Read more

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Upper spinal and muscle pain after l5s1 lumbar discectomy sugery for 9 wks now, no fever but pain radiate to front rib for 2 days and sweat. Normal?

Upper spinal and muscle pain after l5s1 lumbar discectomy sugery for 9 wks now, no fever but pain radiate to front rib for 2 days and sweat. Normal?

Possibly: However, you should continue to see your spine surgeon regularly until at least 6 months post op and inform her or him of these symptoms. It is possible you are having a nerve impingement syndrome or muscle spasm. It should be fully evaluated, thus an MRI or EMG may be in order. Also have you started PT to strengthen your core, as that would be the next step!!! keep me posted. ...Read more

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Upper Sore spinal and back pain around L3 or L4 since lumbar discectomy ops for l5.s1 9 wks back. No fever or redness on wound. Pain radiates to front?

Upper Sore spinal and back pain around L3 or L4 since lumbar discectomy ops for l5.s1 9 wks back. No fever or redness on wound. Pain radiates to front?

Spinal surgery: Go back and see the surgeon who operated on you and be reassessed. There are many reasons why this may be going on. ...Read more

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23m-rupture discs w/ 5mm retrolisthesis (l4/5&l5/s1) s/p discectomy surgeon doesn't want surgery, 2nd opinion recommended hybrid lumbar fusion. What should I do? Daily pain 6+/10 back & both legs 2yrs

23m-rupture discs w/ 5mm retrolisthesis (l4/5&l5/s1) s/p discectomy surgeon doesn't want surgery, 2nd opinion recommended hybrid lumbar fusion. What should I do? Daily pain 6+/10 back & both legs 2yrs

Be careful: Make sure seeking advice from well-trained spine surgeon. The pathology you mention will not necessarily cause the symptoms you list. Let's say you have herniated discs/lumbar stenosis, nerve impingement, then that will explain your leg pain. And after failing appropriate conservative management decompression surgery will help. But be very careful with surgery for back only pain -- esp.@ 23Y.O. ...Read more

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How long will your back hurt after a discectomy in lower back?

How long will your back hurt after a discectomy in lower back?

Usually just. ..: Usually this is just incisional pain of up to 2 weeks duration. If there was back pain equal to or worse than leg pain pre operatively, then you most likely will not get much improvement of your back pain and all bets are off if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have right lower back pain after discectomy?

Is it normal to have right lower back pain after discectomy?

Not really: Not enough info for detailed answer: how long after? Many potential causes incl. scarring, other disc injury, QL spasm, SI inflammation or ligament injury, acute SI or lumbar vertebral dysfunction, etc. I recommend exam by a dr. Skilled in hands-on osteopathic diagnosis & manipulation - someone who can truly differentiate cause can give you the best answer ...Read more

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I had a l4-l5 discectomy 5 months ago and still have lots of lower back pain in the mornings mostly, will it ever heal completely?

Talk to your doctor: I counsel my patients that the primary goal of a discectomy is to relieve a pinched nerve, which thereby will relieve pain radiating down the leg. Relief of back pain is not the main goal of a discectomy, although sometimes we get lucky and the back pain does get better. Back pain can be much trickier to treat and surgery is often not the answer for that, so see your surgeon to discuss options. ...Read more

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MRI results for spinal lumbar. Is it common to have mild/moderate facet osteoarthritis? Small posterior disc protrusion mild loss of disc height? I'm 30!!

MRI results for spinal lumbar. Is it common to have mild/moderate facet osteoarthritis? Small posterior disc protrusion mild loss of disc height? I'm 30!!

Review with doctor: You are 30 and female. You have findings on your MRI. You want to know if they are common. The best advice is to review with your doctor. First discuss why the MRI was ordered. It is uncommon to order an MRI for a healthy 30 year old female. Then review what was found and if this follows the clinical findings. A test supports the history that you provide. Hope this helps. ...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.

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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My height is 4'10 and I weigh 275 maybe even more. Do I qualify for weight loss surgery. My weight has gotten so bad where my lower back hurts everytime I walk. I can't walk down the block for five minutes without pain?

My height is 4'10 and I weigh 275 maybe even more. Do I qualify for weight loss surgery. My weight has gotten so bad where my lower back hurts everytime I walk. I can't walk down the block for five minutes without pain?

YES: Your bmi is 58. Most insurance company provides coverage for bmi> 40. As your bmi gets closer to 60, your surgical risk is higher. You should get evaluated at a higher vol bariatric program for best treatment options. ...Read more

Loss Of Height (Definition)

This means to get shorter. For example, older individuals with osteoporosis can lose height ...Read more


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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more