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Lumbar spine x ray show only some disc space narrowing at L3 - L5 , what does it mean ?

Wear and tear

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Generally, as we age, the size of the disks between our vertebrae gets smaller with the effects of gravity and use. On the X-ray it looks like the distance between the bones is closer than at other levels. Generally you can't really attribute any symptoms to this finding, although if the doctor was suspicious of a ruptured Fisk, this would bolster the case for an MRI.
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Can a lower back (lumbar spine) x ray (with a shield in place) alter sperm in a way which could lead to birth defects if the x ray was taken shortly (days) before conception?

Not likely

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Radiation from xrays are usually all or none. So either the sperm (or egg) is affected and dies or it has no affect at all.
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What is spinal stenosis and what causes it? I have it in my cervical and lumbar spine. my 15 yr old just had x-ray show it around L5s1. Causes?

Cervical stenosis

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Causes: -Narrowing of cervical spinal canal -Associated other predisposing factors -Congenital cervical fusions -Ligamentous instability -Intervertebral disc disease
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Dr. John H. Shim answered:

Calf muscle and knee pain from4 mnths did doppler, x-ray for lumbar spine and blood test for vit B12 and D3 but evrything is normal also they r weak?

May need more tests.

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X-rays of the spine are useless unless there is a history of trauma. Vitamin tests do no tell you about your pains. Need more info. Did this occur after an injury, or change in activity? Are there bruises? Do you have corresponding tingling and numbness? It may be from your back, or it may be the knee, or it can be an auto immune thing like rheumatoid disease. Get evaluated.
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Dr. Jeffrey Blount answered:

What does minimal spondylitic changes at L3-4 on lumbar spine xray mean?

Very little-

spondylitic changes are simply a way of describing normal degenerative changes or arthritis. While most people think of older people with this it is actually a normal finding that occurs to varying degrees between people.
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my husband has had hip pain for 2 years he is 23 and has had an mri and xray which show nothing could it be lumbar spine and what would you suggest?

Could be

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Pain in the buttock is often considered "hip" but often reflects a low back problem. If simple measures have failed, seeing a spinal specialist may help him find the source.
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Dr. David Trettin answered:

Xray - "Straightened Lumbar Spine, Likely Secondary to Muscle Spasm. Mid Lumbar Scoliosis." What can you suggest for her? She's been having back pains

Moist heat, NSAIDs

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This X-ray report suggests that this young patient is having muscular LBP w/ secondary muscle spasms which can 'reverse' the normal lordosis of the lumbar spine and cause it to straighten... esp.w/ non- standing X-rays. Heat, Ibuprofen , gentle massage, and avoidance of aggravating activities can be helpful the first week or so. If symptoms persist consider seeing an orthopedist. Good Luck!
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Dr. Neil J. Halin answered:

Unsure of lumbar spine xray report meaning? Five lumbar-like segments are seen with preservation of the outlines of the pedicles. Mild narrowing of the disc spaces is seen from l1 through l4 with minimal endplate irregularity. Greater unevenness is seen a

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Of course I don't know what prompted you to get the xray. The report sounds like you have some degenerative disease (spine arthritis, effects of aging) . The loss of height is most likely due to what is called compression fracture. This is when the vetebral body collapses somewhat usually due to trauma or osteoporosis. It can also happen in people who have cancer with metastatic changes to the bones. If your doctor feels that your pain (if you have it) is due to the compression fractures, this condition can often be treated by Interventional Radiologists with a procedure called vertebroplasty.
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I have a herniated disc on my lumbar spine on L7 area .Very painful. Got ran over by a car. By x bf in 2009.what can i do to help pain that OHP covers?

See specialist

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Since you are still having problems this long after the trauma, see someone who specializes in spinal problems.
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