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Being a 31 y/o male, what does it mean when my report says mild multilevel degenerative disc disease and slight scoliosis in the thoracic and lumbar?

Being a 31 y/o male, what does it mean when my report says mild multilevel degenerative disc disease and slight scoliosis in the thoracic and lumbar?

Disc disease: Being male and 31 years old mild disc disease is a common finding and if not associated with any pain or weakness there are no surgical indications for treatment. ...Read more

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Is there any hope on the horizon for adult scheuermann's disease of the thoracic back? I have 11 discs that have totally degenerated (t3 (liothyronine) - t12), pain

Is there any hope on the horizon for adult scheuermann's disease of the thoracic back? I have 11 discs that have totally degenerated (t3 (liothyronine) - t12), pain

Scheuermann's Diseas: If you have multiple schmorl's nodes (pits in the discs), wedging of at least 3 vertebrae, elongated vertebrae, then you have scheuermann's and not degeneration. Your discs simply did not form properly. Likely, your spinal canal did not either. Many people also have a degree of congenital spinal stenosis associated with this when lumbar. Spinal fusion is an excellent treatment with good results. ...Read more

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I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

See doctor: Degenerative disc disease of the thoracic spine can cause rib pain, chest pain, and shortness of breath (from pain) but it shouldn't cause palpitations. Palpitations, chest pain and sob can also be heart problems. Go see doctor right away. Make sure your heart is ok. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for an active person in the mid-30s to have mild thoracic degenerative disk disease? No known trauma. Xray also showed old fractured ribs?

Is it unusual for an active person in the mid-30s to have mild thoracic degenerative disk disease? No known trauma. Xray also showed old fractured ribs?

No worries: The appearance of the thoracic spine on an MRI may be much different than how you actually feel. There are many published studies that have shown that 20-40% of subjects without symptoms may have positive findings on MRI studies in your age category. Stay active and don't worry. ...Read more

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Can stretching irritate a slipped thoracic disc?

Can stretching irritate a slipped thoracic disc?

Usually no: In rare instances it is feasible that an already diseased thoracic disc may slip with over stretching. ...Read more

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What is best to treat thoracic spine hernicate disc pain?

What is best to treat thoracic spine hernicate disc pain?

This should be answ-: Ered by your spinal surgeon, who knows you and your condition. Anyone else giving you options might not be the right thing to do, for you, except confusing the issue further. Google it and you'll get all options, but what's best for you, has to be from your surgeon, and no one else.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Are exercises for thoracic disc herniation extension based?

Are exercises for thoracic disc herniation extension based?

Thoracic disc: Yes. Generally extension exercises can help with a thoracic disc due to the fact that the native thoracic spine is in flexion (which compresses the disc). ...Read more

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Bulging disc in mid-backlower thoracic, what to do?

Bulging disc in mid-backlower thoracic, what to do?

Back pain: Initially tried conservative treatment can try heating pad whirlpool does not work then possibly steroid injections for the next step. ...Read more

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Have herniated disc in my thorasic area and lumbar too. Lately have a leg muscle weakness. Walking but feel fatigued. Can this weakness sign of paralysis?

Have herniated disc in my thorasic area and lumbar too. Lately have a leg muscle weakness. Walking but feel fatigued. Can this weakness sign of paralysis?

There can be many: Potential reasons for your symptoms including neural or nerve tissue compression or pinching by a disc herniation that can present without any pain especially with a disc herniation in the thoracic area. One also had to realize that finding disc herniations in adults without any symptoms is not that uncommon. You should see your physician for an evaluation to assess your complaints. ...Read more

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What autoimmune diseases may cause cervical and thorasic spine pain, ankle pain, knee pain, wrtist and finger joint pain, with hyperpigmentation?

What autoimmune diseases may cause cervical and thorasic spine pain, ankle pain, knee pain, wrtist and finger joint pain, with hyperpigmentation?

RA: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system, instead to protect your health by attacking bacteria and/or viruses, mistakenly attacks your joints in the entire body.
Rec.: see rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment.
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Thoracic spondylosiswhat is treatment of ts with multiple disc bulging.

Thoracic spondylosiswhat is treatment of ts with multiple disc bulging.

The treatment: Recommendations will be individually tailored to you. There isn't a one size fits all approach. What does your neurologist, orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon recommend? ...Read more

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Why would I have back pain only when I do prolonged bending? I have a history of lower and thoracic disc issues.

Why would I have back pain only when I do prolonged bending? I have a history of lower and thoracic disc issues.

Disc problems: Cause pain depending on what related nerves are affected. Please see your doc. He/she may prescribe exercises, PT, or medicine. The doc may also OK massage therapy or other complementary or alternative treatments. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Which thoracic disc causes stabbing pain in left ribcage?

Which thoracic disc causes stabbing pain in left ribcage?

Varies: It depends on the specific area. Each if the twelve thoracic discs can cause pain that radiates into rib area. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about a bulging disc in the lower thoracic spine?

It means nothing: Bulging discs in the thoracic spine have no meaning. The thoracic spine is not mobile and much less likely to have a significant herniated disc. The presence of a herniated disc anywhere in the spine is most commonly simply part of living and nothing to worry about. The rate at which disc changes occur is largely genetic in origin. Bottom line: don't worry. ...Read more

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What kind of thoracic spine disease can u have from past IV drug use, & is it poss if quit 13 yrs ago?

What kind of thoracic spine disease can u have from past IV drug use, & is it poss if quit 13 yrs ago?

There's no sayin: Injection drug use bypasses natural barriers and all manner of organisms that can infect us gain entry to the bloodstream and can travel anywhere including the spine. You shouldn't have an active infection after 13 years but the damage done then could accelerate naturally occurring degenerative changes. But so could pitching for the Giants. Getting old sucks, why dwell on what you cant change? ...Read more

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What kind of thoracic spine disease can you have from past IV drug use, & is it poss if quit 13 yrs ago?

What kind of thoracic spine disease can you have from past IV drug use, & is it poss if quit 13 yrs ago?

There's no sayin: Injection drug use bypasses natural barriers and all manner of organisms that can infect us gain entry to the bloodstream where they can travel anywhere including the spine. I wouldn't expect you to have an active infection after 13 years but the damage done then could accelerate naturally occurring degenerative changes. But so could pitching for the Giants. Getting old sucks, deal with it ...Read more

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I have a rare condition involving a calcified thoracic disc herniation. How do I find neurosurgeons in the US who have the most experience with this?

I have a rare condition involving a calcified thoracic disc herniation. How do I find neurosurgeons in the US who have the most experience with this?

Neurosurgeons: Unknown person notes and then asks: I have a rare condition involving a calcified thoracic disc herniation. How do I find neurosurgeons in the US who have the most experience with this? ANS: 1. Call your local medical society. 2. do a pubmed search for this and see who has published the most. 3. Ask your local medical team. 4. Contact a University Hospital in your area for referral. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc in your lower spine cause middle thoracic back?

No: There should not be any pain your thoracic spine from a lumbar herniated disc. If you have degenerative changes at lumbar levels, you may have them at your thoracic as well. One caveat, and a very rare one, is if you had enough of a herniation in upper lumbar areas to damage the cord and cause a syrinx. However, this would have been seen on MRI and you'd have more symptoms. Incontinence? Yes=er. ...Read more

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What does a dark vertabrae on a t1 mri post contrast mean? It's a thoracic vertabrae (not just the disc). The other vertabrae are dark gray not black.

What does a dark vertabrae on a t1 mri post contrast mean? It's a thoracic vertabrae (not just the disc). The other vertabrae are dark gray not black.

Marrow changes: There is a normal signal intensity of the thoracic vertebrae seen on T1 images, and what produces this similar signal in the vertebrae is the bone marrow. When something occurs to change the characteristics of the marrow, it will change color. Two common examples are fractures in the vertebrae which bleed into the marrow and make it darker, also certain cancers can replace marrow and be darker. ...Read more

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My MRI says, straightening of thoracic kyphosis, what does that mean? Schmorl's nodes mult. Levels, 6 new bulg. Discs scince last mri! Why so bad in 4yr

My MRI says, straightening of thoracic kyphosis, what does that mean? Schmorl's nodes mult. Levels, 6 new bulg. Discs scince last mri! Why so bad in 4yr

Who said it's bad!: Straightening of the kyphosis or bend is not significant. Disc bulges are normal findings & seen more as we get older. Schmorl's nodes are weak areas in bone allowing disc material to migrate into & are not necessarily bad findings either. Make sure you have good lifestyle habits : not smoking, exercising regularly and not being overweight. Check your vitamin d level & have adequate calcium. ...Read more

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What does an individual's pain feel like with a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, thoracic herniation?

What does an individual's pain feel like with a herniated disc in the thoracic spine, thoracic herniation?

Usually no symptoms: Most thoracic disc herniations are not symptomatic. However if the disc is pushing any thoracic nerve, you will experience some pain around the rib cage at the level where the nerve is being pinching. If the disc is large and compress the spinal cord, then it may affect your balance/gait while you walk, and it may result in lower extremity weakness. ...Read more

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What does this mean? Disc height loss is seen in the mid-thoracic spine with small endplate osteophytes in keeping with spondylosis.

What does this mean? Disc height loss is seen in the mid-thoracic spine with small endplate osteophytes in keeping with spondylosis.

It means: That the findings are consistent with minimal arthritic changes. It means nothing else and doesn't indicate that there is a serious issue or even that the individual in question has pain, It is solely a radiographic finding. ...Read more

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I have 3 herneated discs in the thoracic spine. The result is excruciating pain just to the left of my sternum. Esi has not worked. What's next?

I have 3 herneated discs in the thoracic spine. The result is excruciating pain just to the left of my sternum. Esi has not worked. What's next?

MRI/CT myelogram: Herniated discs in the thoracic spine is unusual, outside trauma, you need further investigations and orthopedic or neurosurgical advice. ...Read more

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Meaning and is it serious? Central disc protrusion at t7-8 causes effacement of anterior thecal sac. Mild pressure on ventral aspect of thoracic cord.

Meaning and is it serious? Central disc protrusion at t7-8 causes effacement of anterior thecal sac. Mild pressure on ventral aspect of thoracic cord.

Cord Health: If the report is correct, the pressure on the thoracic cord could be causing symptoms of weakness, numbness, and urinary problems.

This is something that you should discuss with your doctor today. Any changes in how you are walking, weakness, or bladder changes. Are concerning and would require immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Degenerative changes seen throughout the thoracic spine w disc space narrowing & osteophyte formation. + compression deformity of T12. In pain! Help!

Sounds like: You may be suffering from Osteoporosis. You need to see a Spine specialist for complete evaluation ands a referral to Physical Therapy which offers your best path to recovery!

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