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X-ray results showed- advanced L5-S1 degenerative disc disease, moderate facet in lower lumbar spine, L5-S1 4mm retrolistnesis and moderate sclerosis ?

X-ray results showed- advanced L5-S1 degenerative disc disease, moderate facet in lower lumbar spine, L5-S1 4mm retrolistnesis and moderate sclerosis ?

Worn down: L5-S1 is the lowest motion segment in the spine. The MRI shows that level has become "worn down" leading to degeneration of the disc and the facet joints, sclerosis, and a slight slippage (retro listless) of one vertebrae on the other. Don't hesitate to be seen. Many good treatment options available. ...Read more

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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Occurs when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine so when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, ...Read more


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Findings: mild anterior osteophytosis noted. Mild disc space narrowing at l5-s1. Conclusion: degenerative disc desease. What does this mean?

Findings: mild anterior osteophytosis noted. Mild disc space narrowing at l5-s1. Conclusion: degenerative disc desease. What does this mean?

Little : As our radiology colleagues love to say, "clinical correlation is recommended"; not knowing what your symptoms or physical exam is like, these results don't mean much. Regardless, do take actions to help decelerate progression of your ddd. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease in my L5 S1. Ever since my back injury i have had frequent urnination. What could be the cause?

I have degenerative disc disease in my L5 S1. Ever since my back injury i have had frequent urnination. What could be the cause?

I would consult-: -a urologist, as this is not a symptom of back injury. It is usually leaking or incontinence, either way start with an urologist & get referrals if needed. ...Read more

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Is this bad?: Moderate degenerative disc disease at L4-L5 and L5-S1, better characterized on the more recent MRI. A disc osteophyte complex at L5-S1

Is this bad?:  Moderate degenerative disc disease at L4-L5 and L5-S1, better characterized on the more recent MRI. A disc osteophyte complex at L5-S1

Degeneration is norm: What you're describing could be the normal process of aging in the lumbar spine. Discs degenerate as we get into our 30's & 40's, but most often, don't cause pain. The disc degeneration is often associated with bone spurs, or osteophytes. Again, this can be normal as we age. Low back pain due to degenerative issues is effectively treated with nonoperative methods - exercise, therapy, OTC meds. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease dislocation of 3 lumbar discs and disc herniation at l5/s1 and disc bulges on l3/4 l4/5 my doctor says he can't op why?

I have degenerative disc disease dislocation of 3 lumbar discs and disc herniation at l5/s1 and disc bulges on l3/4 l4/5 my doctor says he can't op why?

Conservative surgeon: There are several possibilities. The surgeon may feel that your problem(s) will not be helped by surgery. Another possibility is the doctor doesn't want to operate at multiple levels. Spine surgeons usually don't want to operate unless they are sure surgery can help you. This is an excellent attitude. ...Read more

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Bilateral L5 pars W/ grade 1 anterolithesis of L5 on S1 W/ mild degenerative disc disease. 30mg codiene over 3 yrs now ineffective?

Bilateral L5 pars W/ grade 1 anterolithesis of L5 on S1 W/ mild degenerative disc disease. 30mg codiene over 3 yrs now ineffective?

Need evaluation: This sounds like a chronic pain syndrome. It needs to be evaluated. Be certain where the pain is coming from. See what can be done to help it. On codeine long term is never a good idea. It depends on what else your physician and pain physicians can offer you. ...Read more

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Someone i know has a degenerative disc between L5 and s1 and arthritis in facet joints there. Any help besides fusion and meds? Please help. Thank you

Someone i know has a degenerative disc between L5 and s1 and arthritis in facet joints there. Any help besides fusion and meds? Please help. Thank you

Facet pain and DDD: Degenerative changes occur in the spine like wrinkles to skin. Most do not need surgery. Nsaid's, tylenol, (acetaminophen) ice/heat, salonpas hot patches, pilates/yoga/piyo are non-medical options. Mckenzie pt is a great program, but requires a doc's rx. Bracing can help pain in some patients, but is expensive. Tens is a glorified heating pad, but if it helps there is no harm. Look for a diam investigation site. ...Read more

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I have random tingling inner thighs, sides of knees and calves with Increased low back pain. I have severe degenerative disc disease S1-L5; related?

I have random tingling inner thighs, sides of knees and calves with Increased low back pain. I have severe degenerative disc disease S1-L5; related?

Maybe the calf pain: Medial thigh pain is a higher dermatome, usually L3 or L4 nerve roots. Buttock, posterior-lateral thigh, posterior calves however are consistent with S1, sometimes L5 radiculopathy (tingling, burning, aching, pulling). You probably need more of a work up, PT for core stabilization, stretching, nerve slides and piriformis stretching, maybe an epidural, MRI if not done yet. ...Read more

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Have had prolapsed disc between L5/S1 for several years, what type of neurological symptoms could this cause?

Have had prolapsed disc between L5/S1 for several years, what type of neurological symptoms could this cause?

None or: sciatica. Usually the back pain resolves with time. Sometimes there is muscle weakness or loss. May have numbness in the L5 or S1 nerve root distribution. With the diabetes, I would get an NCV-EMG to sort out what symptoms are due to neuropathy vs. radiculopathy. ...Read more

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I was in a MVA in the early 90's. I had some damage to L4-L5, L5-S1. I have had back pain ever since. I had an MRI a couple years ago that showed i had degenerative discs, arthritis, and narrowing of the nerve pathways due to sclerotic discs or tissue. I

I was in a MVA in the early 90's. I had some damage to L4-L5, L5-S1. I have had back pain ever since. I had an MRI a couple years ago that showed i had degenerative discs, arthritis, and narrowing of the nerve pathways due to sclerotic discs or tissue. I

Second opinion ?: 41 y male w. MVA in 90's & "pain ever since" & now has Degenerative Disk Disease, DDD, which is not reliably a pain generator; as medical lit. well reports, which DDD did not develop until years after the pain onset in the 90's & which is likely a red herring. Concern for acute SIJ ligament injury never detected; because it is radiolucent. See an Osteopath. ...Read more

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Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Depends: Grade I L5S1 spondylolisthesis and bilateral foraminal stenosis- no intervention needed if no referable symptoms. Otherwise, physical exam including neurologic function to rule out neurologic deficits. With no referable significant deficit, physical therapy is usually a good start. ...Read more

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Have l5-s1 disc bulge. I suspect atrophy and weakness of calf. Would there be associated calf pain as well or other symptom i can use to confirm?

Have l5-s1 disc bulge. I suspect atrophy and weakness of calf. Would there be associated calf pain as well or other symptom i can use to confirm?

Have had it myself! : No time 4 conservative treatment. #1= leg pain+/- back pain, #2= numbness+/-#1.#3= muscle weakness and atrophy of the calf muscles. Don't waste time, c ur spine surgeon ; have the disk removed. @#3, u may have permanent weakness. No time for conservative treatment. Shake a leg, get it done! ...Read more

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I have minor degenative disc disease with potential nerve impingement on L5 & S1. I also have numbness in my legs with tingling in my feet ?

I have minor degenative  disc disease with potential  nerve impingement on L5  &  S1. I also have numbness in my legs with tingling in my feet ?

See below: While there are many causes of leg pain and numbness one of the most common causes is lumbar radiculopathy. This occurs when one of the nerves leaving the back gets compressed as it leaves the spine and travels down the leg. Compression may occur due to degenerative/bulging discs or arthritic bone spurs contacting the nerve. See your physician if these symptoms last longer than 2 weeks. ...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.

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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Do a recent c5-c6 herniated disc with spondylosis and l5-s1 prolapse disc with spondylosis cause symptoms similar to heart attack?Chest pain& fatigue

Do a recent c5-c6 herniated disc with spondylosis and l5-s1 prolapse disc with spondylosis cause symptoms similar to heart attack?Chest pain& fatigue

Not usually. See MD: A cervical disc on the left can cause pain in to left shoulder/scapula and in to the arm. The pain can give a patient fatigue if sleep is impaired. The heart should definitely be evaluated as soon as possible, though, as that could be potentially be life-threatening. ...Read more

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L3-l5 no disk disease, minor degenerative facet change, no impingement. L5-s1 no disk disease, bilateral degenerative facet change no impingement. Mean?

Back pain: You are describing low back arthritis in terms of an MRI of the lumbar spine. Low back pain can be generated from degenerated or torn discs, nerve impingement from herniated discs, and inflammed or degenerated joints (facet) that connect one segment of the spine with an adjacent segment. Reducing or eliminating low back pain involves physical therapy, injections, and possibly surgery. ...Read more

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Can an injury cause a bone spur and a degenerative disk? L5 - s1 area

Can an injury cause a bone spur and a degenerative disk? L5 - s1 area

Yes. A : Yes. A specific injury is one thing that causes a degenerative disc. Age, wear and tear, infections are other things that can cause degenerative discs as well. ...Read more

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Recently i was diagnosed with a hern disk at l5/s1. Most of the acute symptoms have gone away after 6 weeks except for soreness in my left calf. Should i try steroids or injections or will this go away?

Treat leg not back: Treatment should only be based on pain levels and functional status, not on the anatomical/mri state of your spine. If the left calf pain is minor, then simply wait for it to fade. If it is troublesome, then physical therapy followed by epidural steroid injection are the options. But a pinched nerve does heal with time even by itself. ...Read more

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