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Lumbar Disc Disorder With Myelopathy
I was diagnosed today with lumbar disc prolapse with myelopathy. ICD-9: 722.73. I am a 50 year old female. Is this a big deal? I work retail.
Not necessarily: Back problems are very common, occurring in over 80 percent of the US population at some point in their lives. By the age of 50, over 50 percent of people will have some degree of " prolapsed" or degenerative disc disease as seen on an MRI. So the finding can cause pain and limitation in some and there are many treatment options; but the finding itself is not unusual or dangerous. ...Read more
Nonsensical: The spinal cord ends at about l-2, and most common disc issues are present at l4-5, and l-5-s-1. In order for a disc to affect the spinal cord, we are talking about a problem in the lower thoracic spine, or a rather unusual high lumbar disc fragment, perhaps. Myelopathy means involvement of spinal cord, so are we really using the term incorrectly here? Ask your doc about this. ...Read more
It is rare: In most people, the tip of the spinal cord is at the bottom of l1, the first bone in the lumbar spine, so all lumbar disk herniations miss the spinal cord, even large ones. There are some folks with tethered cords, so the spinal cord is elongated. Since the tether can cause the cord problems, in such cases a large disk herniation could be double jeopardy. This is rare but serious. ...Read more
It depends on the: Nature and degree of neurologic findings as most disc herniations are treated non operatively with 10% going to surgery with 1% being a true surgical emergency when involving the nerves that control bathroom functions. The risk of spinal cord compression is low as the cord usually ends by L1 level in most adults with most disc herniations occuring at l4-5 & l5-s1. ...Read more
Need more info: Lumbar disease usually cannot cause myelopathy. Myelopathy is compression of the spinal cord or an intrinsic brain disease. The spinal cord ends at about L1 (the upper most part of the lumbar spine) in most patients so lumbar disease (meaning the lower back area) doesn't cause spinal cord compression. A more specific question may be more helpful. ...Read more
And the question IS?: I'm afraid your question mark should really be a comma if anything. I'm not catching your drift. Are you asking for a list of symptoms associated with IVD disease without myelopathy....or if one could even exist without the other? Perhaps, you're copying something out of a report? Revamp your question and send through again. ...Read more
My surgeon wants to fuse me from L3/L4 the write up says: Diagnosis - Spondylosis - Lumbar wtih Myelopathy & Instability - Lumbar. Please explain?
I have lumbar myelopathy from stenosis also cervical stenosis, my legs and feet cramp up so bad after being on them all day long at night which makes?
Further evaluation: If you have a diagnosis of myelopathy, please consult your health care provider about a therapeutic plan, which could include not only surgical intervention but also other aspects such as physical therapy and other activities such as yoga and pilates which may be helpful to you. ...Read more
I have lumbosacral spondylosis without myelopathy, spinal stenosis other than cervical, lumbar region with neurogenic claudication and thoracic radiculitis. What should I do?
Can you tell me the life expectancy of an individual with degenerative cervical and lumbar disc disease?
No: There is no scientific evidence that this makes any difference. ...Read more
The studies are hit: Or miss with glucosamine for joints overall, and discs are a difficult area to get nutrients to, so they may not be able to get much from glucosamine. That being said, some people really do have good results. It is a benign treatment that may actually help a great deal if you are one of the lucky few! ...Read more
What are indications for spinal stimulation implant? I have cervical spondyl. And torn lumbar disc w/ degenerative disc disease. Tens unit helps.
My husband has lumbar disc disease and has had fusions at L4-L5, L5-L6. He bent down to pickup something and now he is in pain with spasms. Should he take his zanaflex (tizanidine) 4mg or flexeril 10mg he has prescriptions for both?
Which excercises are helpfull or ok to carry out without harming myself since I have lumbar disc degenrative disease (l3-l4, l4-l5, l5-s1) with sciatica?
70-90%: The normal young adult disk is about 70-90% water, but it is held in the cells and other parts of the disk. Some of the molecules act like sponges to suck in and hold onto the water molecules. As we stand and sit and work throughout the day, some gets squeezed out; when we lie down and rest, those molecules suck it back in. As the disk ages, the percentage will decrease. ...Read more
Second Opinion: I suspect that you meant 5 millimeters, not centimeters. The need for surgery is dependent on many things. Are you having neurologic problems such as weakness, numbness or pain. Is the condition something that you can resolve with nsaids, rest, massage, and so forth. If in any doubt discuss this with a different surgeon than the one who is suggesting surgery. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more
Yes: Most do not get worse, but occasionally they do. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more
Disc herniation: A prolapsed disc is another way to refer to a disc herniation. Most commonly seen on people aged 30-50 with a predominance in men. About one in 20 cases of acute low back pain are caused by a herniated lumbar disc. Other common symptoms include radiating pain, pins and needles, or numbness into the lower extremity, antalgia (painful gait), and rarely bowel or bladder dysfunction. ...Read more
Treat symptoms only: Disc protrusions of any size require treatment only if they produce symptoms. Surgery is indicated for those with intractable leg pain, progressive loss of function or sensation in the lower extremity or for loss of bowel/bladder/sexual function. Medicines, stretching, mild rest, physical therapy, massage, heat, etc are indicated for everyone else. ...Read more
Lumbar Extrusion: An extruded disc can be thought of as squeezing a jelly donut until the jelly pops out of the doughnut. ...Read more
Yes: In most patients, cold therapy can help relieve some of the inflammation in the large muscles that surround the spine. Although the cold temperature associated with cold therapy does not reach all the way to the disc, it can help relieve some of the pain and muscle spasm that occurs along the muscles just underneath the skin layer. ...Read more
Yes: As long as it is not causing you pain. Just listen to your body. ...Read more
Prosthetic: Prosthetic lumbar and cervical discs are offered in the us and europe. There are no disc transplants. ...Read more
Is there any side effects of ozone injections for disc issues? For both cervical and lumbar disc issues?
Ozone injections: With the exception of ozone injected into a blood vessel (very bad complications) there are no known complications but also this therapy is questionable at best...What is being treated? I don't believe you should be trying this. ...Read more
I have had a slipped lumbar disc before. Did physiotherapy and it got better. Now the pain has started again after 6 years. What should I do?
I've read conflicting info about ellipticals. I have lumbar disc issues and worried to use one. Can elliptical cause stress in low back/lumbar area?
Back strengthening: As one who has a bulging disc (and no surgery), back strengthening exercises are very important to help stabilize the back. I recommend the "superman" exercise: lying on your stomach, stretch your arms out like you're flying through the air like superman. For 5 seconds, raise your right arm and shoulder, and left leg and hip off the floor, then repeat on the other side. Do this 12x on each side. ...Read more
Bulging discs: Will not :deflate on their own: this is an interesting clinical finding, which only requires periodic evaluation and if necessary anti inflammatory medicines, ...Read more
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