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Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
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Lumbar spine X-ray show only some disc space narrowing at L3 - L5 , what does it mean ?

Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
466K people helped
Lumbar spine X-ray show only some disc space narrowing at L3 - L5  ,  what does it mean ?

Wear and tear: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
3M people helped
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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?

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 years in practice
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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: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Board Certified, Radiology
34 years in practice
2M people helped
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How many X-Ray shots (views) are taken for an X-Ray of lumbar spine?

Dr. Paxton Daniel
Board Certified, Radiology
34 years in practice
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How many X-Ray shots (views) are taken for an X-Ray of lumbar spine?

Usually 3: A front or AP view, a side view, and a side view where the lumbar spine connects to the sacrum. ...Read more

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
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What can someone do about spondylolythesis & bursitis (x-ray lumbar spine results)?

Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
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What can someone do about spondylolythesis & bursitis (x-ray lumbar spine results)?

Conservative care: Spondylolisthesis refers to slipped vertebrae, which can typically be treated with PT, meds, and injections, and only if necessary - surgery. Bursitis is not a typical diagnosis for the lumbar spine, but usually can be treated with anti-inflammatory meds and, if necessary, steroid injections. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Rawhi Omar
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
814K people helped
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X-ray of lumbar spine shows atherosclerotic plaque in aorta.Lipids, LFT'S, A1C OK w/meds - trigs slightly up.Does this plaque guarantee future problem

Dr. Rawhi Omar
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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X-ray of lumbar spine shows atherosclerotic plaque in aorta.Lipids, LFT'S, A1C OK w/meds - trigs slightly up.Does this plaque guarantee future problem

Atherosclerosis: Just about everyone your age would have atheromatous plaques in their aortas..these plaques become dangerous when they get eroded, blood clots form at the eroded surface and parts of them break off and travel to distant sites (emboli) or the wall of the aorta becomes very weak and baggy (aneurysm). These are the complications that raise doctor's alarm ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Board Certified, Family Medicine
11 years in practice
2M people helped
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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?

Dr. Michael Dansie
Board Certified, Family Medicine
11 years in practice
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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: Causes: -narrowing of cervical spinal canal -associated other predisposing factors -congenital cervical fusions -ligamentous instability -intervertebral disc disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Hastriter
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
14 years in practice
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Hi, I have had left hip and back pain for 8 years this time X-ray showed micro fractures in the lumbar spine but the MRI nothing except for gallstones?

Dr. Eric Hastriter
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
14 years in practice
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Hi, I have had left hip and back pain for 8 years this time X-ray showed micro fractures in the lumbar spine but the MRI nothing except for gallstones?

Fractures : Fractures will cause pain and any nerves that pass that level can have pain. Best thing is rest and back strengthening exercises such as yoga. Remember the body tells us to stop with pain, we must listen to our body. Strengthening the muscles will help the bones from further injury. Proper diet is important as well. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Dr. John Shim
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
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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?

Dr. John Shim
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
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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.: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
2M people helped
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Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Board Certified, Pediatrics
31 years in practice
2M people helped
Recent bone scintigrapy showed no hot spots other than my lumbar spine. Does this mean all my other joints are ok? X-rays have shown OA in many joints

Inflammation: Scintigraphy lights up to ID blood or fluid movements, infection, inflammation, and cancer and has many uses to identify structures and functional processes in different organ systems ...Read more

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