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Was told have congenital "small lateral recess space" in the lumbar spine L5 s1 what if it's because i'm a different race, i.E. Far east?

Was told have congenital "small lateral recess space" in the lumbar spine L5 s1 what if it's because i'm a different race, i.E. Far east?

Possible: Congenital stenosis is a common condition. It means that your spinal canal is smaller than what would be expected at that particular level of the spine. It affects surgical planning but does not mean that you will absolutely have to undergo surgery to treat your back. ...Read more

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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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Just diagnosed with lumbar spine and pelvis demonstrating L5-S1 anterolisthesis due to L5 spondylolysis. What does this mean? spondylolysis

Just diagnosed with lumbar spine and pelvis demonstrating L5-S1 anterolisthesis due to L5 spondylolysis.  What does this mean?

spondylolysis

See below: Anterolisthesis is where one bone in the spine is shifted forward on the other, and spondylolysis means the development of a stress fracture in an area of the spine known as the pars. So basically, you have developed a pars fracture that has allowed the L5 vertebrae to shift forward on the first sacral vertebrae. ...Read more

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Can moderate central canal stenosis throughout the lumbar spine, moderate degrees of neural foram, stenosis at l4-5,l5-s1 cause gastroparesis please H?

Can moderate central canal stenosis throughout the lumbar spine, moderate degrees of neural foram, stenosis at l4-5,l5-s1 cause gastroparesis please H?

Not likely: Lumbar spinal stenosis can give rise to a condition called cauda equina syndrome. CES can give rise to bowel dysfunction but generally in the form of incontinence or constipation. This is a lower bowel problem and not a generalized condition such as gastroparesis (a condition that reduces the ability of the stomach to empty its contents). I hope this helps. ...Read more

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My lumbar spine MRI showed I have a mild diffuse disc bulge and mild facet arthropathy at L5-S1. Are those normal or common in a 31 year old woman?

My lumbar spine MRI showed I have a mild diffuse disc bulge and mild facet arthropathy at L5-S1. Are those normal or common in a 31 year old woman?

Premature Lumbar DDD: According to the website SpineHealth, by age 60, 100% of people have degeneration of the lumbar spine by age 60. In a 31 year old woman I ask are you a dancer, gymnast, waitress or warehouse worker? Are you tall, obese or sit 8 hours a day, have scoliosis or is premature DDD in your family? My book The 21st Century Upright Woman explores risk factors for lumbar spine degeneration. Age is #1! ...Read more

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I had an MRI of my lower lumbar spine, what was found was, boarderline disc bulging seen at l5-s1, l4-l5, l3-l4, l1-l2, t12-l1, t i had an MRI of my lower lumbar spine, what was found was, boarderline disc bulging seen at l5-s1, l4-l5, l3-l4, l1-l2, t12-l

It : It sounds like you have significant multilevel degenerative disease of the spine. I would recommend seeing a spine doctor and spine surgeon since you are in severe pain even though you are undergoing conservative treatment (anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer and physical therapy). You may benefit from steroid injections or surgery. I would recommend discussing work restrictions with that doctor. Good luck! ...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