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MRI: L3/L4-disc bulging abuts thecal sac, superimposed facet degenerative changes, loss disc height. Could my L4-S1 fusion have made worse?

MRI: L3/L4-disc bulging abuts thecal sac, superimposed facet degenerative changes, loss disc height. Could my L4-S1 fusion have made worse?

There is a condition: known as adjacent segment disease in which a fusion may lead to altered spine mechanics and place increased load on the next adjacent spine segment but there may also be a genetic basis for this -it may also be due to smoking as well as to being obese . May need to also focus on core strength ending exercises but talk to your surgeon too ...Read more

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Is bulging disc reversible?

Is bulging disc reversible?

Symptoms are : A bulging disc will usually improve with conservative mgt. Just because a disc bulges does not mean it is symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is diffuse disc bulge, central protrusion with annular fissure, ligamentum flavum thickening?

What is diffuse disc bulge, central protrusion with annular fissure, ligamentum flavum thickening?

Aging changes: MRI results of the spine often sound terrible, when in fact they represent what we already know....that you are over 45 and your back hurts. What you really want to know from MRI results is if there are any abnormalities which correspond to your specific location and type of pain, which are likely to benefit from having surgery. Speak to your surgeon about his or her interpretation of the films ...Read more

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Can min. Broadbased disc bulge at c3-4 & broadbased disc bulge w/superimposed central disc protrusion and endplate spurring at c6-7 cause torticollis?

Can min. Broadbased disc bulge at c3-4 & broadbased disc bulge w/superimposed central disc protrusion and endplate spurring at c6-7 cause torticollis?

Other way: No. Actually, it is usually the other way around; torticollis causes excess wear and tear of the discs and joints, leading to early degeneration. Torticollis is caused by the abnormal implementation of motor programs in the brain. The spine is an innocent bystander. ...Read more

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Likelihood of bulging lumbar discs receding without surgery?

Likelihood of bulging lumbar discs receding without surgery?

Yes: 35 yo female queries permanency of "bulging lumbar disks". In past years were thought to be pathological, but more recent considerations are normal variants. I have seen remit from one MRI to the next. ...Read more

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Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Do bulging discs or herniated disc heal?

Weeks to Months: Generally most people can get relief from sciatic pain doing the conservative care within 3-6 weeks. If it persists after that, it can take up to 6 months to heal by itself. Consider core strengthening exercises while you are on your own at home. You may still be a candidate for epidural steroid injections that may help relieve the pain while your body heals itself. ...Read more

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Ddd in l&cspine. 2 l discs are torn, one herniated. 4 herniated cervical & bone spurs, stenosis, facet arthritis.No accidents or trauma. Only ddd?

Ddd in l&cspine. 2 l discs are torn, one herniated. 4 herniated cervical & bone spurs, stenosis, facet arthritis.No accidents or trauma. Only ddd?

So? Forget the MRIs: Your only 27, we don't treat mris, we treat people. It doesn't matter what the studies show because we have to treat you. Certain spinal conditions have a genetic predisposition, but what are your symptoms? What are you doing about it? Find a doctor who wants to make you feel better. ...Read more

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L3/4 L4/5 disc bulges & facet joint deg L5/S1 indent spinal cord, disc contact nerve root lateral recess & facet joint deg Can body twist worsen this?

L3/4 L4/5 disc bulges & facet joint deg
 L5/S1 indent spinal cord, disc contact nerve root lateral recess & facet joint deg
Can body twist worsen this?

Clarification: Sounds like you possess lumbar spondylosis and degenerative disc disease, and indeed there may be some degree of lumbar root compression. (Spinal cord ends at L-1,2 and there is no effect on cord). Learn McKenzie exercise protocol, do it multiple times weekly, be cautious with heavy lifting, work with a good physical therapist, and learn proper body mechanics. ...Read more

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29y female. Mri results Lumbar- discogenic disease/protrusion L5-S1. Low Lumbar facet arthropathy. Cervical- bulging c6-7 Can trauma cause this?

 29y female. Mri results Lumbar- discogenic disease/protrusion L5-S1. Low Lumbar facet arthropathy. Cervical- bulging c6-7 Can trauma cause this?

The lumbar: changes are degenerative/arthritic in nature. It is possible that these changes were initiated by a prior traumatic event, but in the vast majority of cases, there is no identifiable inciting factor. The same holds true for the cervical bulge. ...Read more

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Desiccated l5-s1 disc diffuse central bulge indenting the thecal aav?

Desiccated l5-s1 disc diffuse central bulge indenting the thecal aav?

Very common: Finding for possible cause of lower back pain... Please make sure that this us the real culprit for your trouble with the help of a orthopedic surgeon specialized in spine... ...Read more

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All my spine Xrays show severe disc dessication/deg., loss of height, spurs, endplate irreg, osteopenia, scoliosis/kyphosis & spine MRI doesn't, why?

All my spine Xrays show severe disc dessication/deg., loss of height, spurs, endplate irreg, osteopenia, scoliosis/kyphosis & spine MRI doesn't, why?

If you statement is-: -true, it should be obvious on an MR. In this case I would check 2 be sure that there was not a mixup in identification of whose images are whose. Be sure that they are your images. ...Read more

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Disc space narrowing & endplate spurring @ c4/5.Degen facet changs & uncovertebral joint hypertrophy contrib to neural foraminal narrowing @c3/4&c4/5?

Disc space narrowing & endplate spurring @ c4/5.Degen facet changs & uncovertebral joint hypertrophy contrib to neural foraminal narrowing @c3/4&c4/5?

Degenerative changes: What you are describing are common degenerative changes in your cervical spine. The changes can cause pressure on the nerve roots in your neck and can cause pain weakness and numbness in you neck and shoulder. This can be associated with a radiculopathy. ...Read more

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How are cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment different?

Encroachment: Any condition limiting space for the nerves causes encroachment. A herniated disc would cause encroachment. A bone spur would also cause. Encroachment does not imply pressure, or severity, or the presence of symptoms. ...Read more

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Symptoms of Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

Symptoms of  Intervertebral disc displacement lumbar w/o myelopathy?

And the question IS?: I'm afraid your question mark should really be a comma if anything. I'm not catching your drift. Are you asking for a list of symptoms associated with IVD disease without myelopathy....or if one could even exist without the other? Perhaps, you're copying something out of a report? Revamp your question and send through again. ...Read more

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Cervical and lower lumbar intervertebral discs are dessciated, diffuse disc bulge with annular tear at l4-5 level. How can be cured?

Cervical and lower lumbar intervertebral discs are dessciated, diffuse disc bulge with annular tear at l4-5 level. How can be cured?

Integrative care: A herniated disc can cause back pain as well as foot pain by physically pressing on the nerves that travel to the foot and by irritating them through the extrusion of pro-inflammatory disc materials. Physical therapy and other conservative measures, including medication management, are considered first line treatment. If these fail, your physician may recommend epidural steroid injections. ...Read more

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Mri results. Degenerative disc disease with spinal stenosis 3 bulging discs 2mml 5 mml and 7mml on left forminial 3 bone spurs annular tear debilitati?

Mri results. Degenerative disc disease with spinal stenosis 3 bulging discs 2mml 5 mml and 7mml on left forminial 3 bone spurs annular tear debilitati?

Abnormal MRI?: Mri results mean absolutely nothing in the absence of symptoms. You can have every finding you've described with zero symptoms. So with the info provided, your problem? Too many birthday cakes! typical MRI for age. ...Read more

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Mri cspine. Shallow posterior 1mm-2mm central disc protrusion c5-c6, straightend lordosis. Coudl this cause tinnitus, loss of visual acuity, off balance?

Mri cspine. Shallow posterior 1mm-2mm central disc protrusion c5-c6, straightend lordosis. Coudl this cause tinnitus, loss of visual acuity, off balance?

Unlikely!: The changes you describe are common and most probably insignificant advanced cervical spondylosis may cause changes in the circulation to the posterior circulation thereby affecting the balance center. ...Read more