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Thorasic Disc Disease
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
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
I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?
Could an untreated compression fracture in the mid-thoracic spine ultimately lead to degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine?
No: No way to conmect the two.Get a more detailed answer ›
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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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
Back pain: Initially tried conservative treatment can try heating pad whirlpool does not work then possibly steroid injections for the next step. ...Read more
I have herniated disc in ny thorasic area and some in the lumbar. Had an mri. My legs feel extremely weak lately. I am walking but feel extemely weak in?
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
What autoimmune diseases may cause cervical and thorasic spine pain, ankle pain, knee pain, wrtist and finger joint pain, with hyperpigmentation?
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
Why would I have back pain only when I do prolonged bending? I have a history of lower and thoracic disc issues.
Varies: It depends on the specific area. Each if the twelve thoracic discs can cause pain that radiates into rib area. ...Read more
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
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
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
I have what appears to be a small lump of the right side of my thoracic cavity. I have had the same thing 3 other times. Is this a disease?
Hard to know: There are several possible causes for what you describe, including cysts, lipomas, lymph nodes, and others. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
What does this mean? Central disc protrusion at t7-8 causes effacement of anterior thecal sac. Mild pressure on ventral aspect of thoracic cord.
The: Herniation of the disc pushes the cover of the spinal cord but does not compress the cord itself. ...Read more
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
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.
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