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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Board Certified, Pain Management
12 years in practice
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Findings: mild anterior osteophytosis noted. Mild disc space narrowing at l5-s1. Conclusion: degenerative disc desease. What does this mean?

Dr. Bahman Omrani
Board Certified, Pain Management
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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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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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35yo female just diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, herniated disk & retrolisthesis all L5 S1. Avid runner. Will I be able to run again?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
47 years in practice
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35yo female just diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, herniated disk & retrolisthesis all L5 S1. Avid runner. Will I be able to run again?

Impossible to answer: Ask the doctors who are treating you. Someone who has never examined you cannot help answer that question. ...Read more

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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Board Certified, Rheumatology
32 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Board Certified, Rheumatology
32 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
25 years in practice
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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

Dr. Douglas Linville II
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
25 years in practice
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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

Facet pain and DDD: Degenerative changes occur in the spine like wrinkles to skin. Most do not need surgery. Nsaid's, tylenol, 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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Dr. Tonga Nfor
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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Have had prolapsed disc between L5/S1 for several years, what type of neurological symptoms could this cause?

Dr. Eric Weisman
Board Certified, Neurology
31 years in practice
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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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Dr. Estrada Bernard
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
33 years in practice
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Grade I spondylolisthesis and degenerative diffusely bulging disc at l5-s1 with bilateral foraminal stenosis, what to do?

Dr. Estrada Bernard
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
33 years in practice
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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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Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
49 years in practice
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Hearing cracks in my spine on a daily basis is a symptoms of what? Please note that I have a recent bulging disc l5-s1 and ddd?

Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Hearing cracks in my spine on a daily basis is a symptoms of what? Please note that I have a recent bulging disc l5-s1 and ddd?

is normal: Many have backs that crack more than others. It is not related 2 ur disk disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Board Certified, Gynecology
18 years in practice
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Can a herniated l5/s1 disc cause pudendal nerve entrapment resulting in impotence but no other pain/symptoms associated with pne?

Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
Board Certified, Gynecology
18 years in practice
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Can a herniated l5/s1 disc cause pudendal nerve entrapment resulting in impotence but no other pain/symptoms associated with pne?

Yes: Herniated discs can push on nerve roots thus affecting nerves downstream. Recommend evaluation by neurosurgeon or orthopedic physician ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
Board Certified, General Practice
48 years in practice
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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

Dr. Laurence Badgley
Board Certified, General Practice
48 years in practice
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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

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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Dr. Adam Lewis
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
30 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Adam Lewis
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
30 years in practice
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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.

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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