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What Does Diffuse Disc Desiccation Mean
Might be age: The term is saying that multiple discs (presumably in your back/neck) are dried out and decreased in size. This happens to everyone as you age and the question is whether it is more than normal. ...Read more
Desiccation of L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs. Mild diffuse posterior protrusion L4-L5 & L5-S1 discs mildly indenting the thecal sac. What does that mean?? Thnxx
56 year old spine: Means your discs are not looking as young as they used to. Rather than being plump, they are flatter and drier. That is not necessarily a bad thing, just an age related change. ...Read more
My MRI says diffuse disc bulge of l4-l5 intervertible disc causing ventral thecal sac indentation. Disc desication of l5-s1. What does this mean? What do I need to do?
You need to...: ...ask your doc to go over the images with you & point out & explain the findings. In radiology, words are really no substitute for pictures. But don't waste your & your doctor's time by going in there cold. You owe it to yourself and him/her to do your homework first. Read up on & look at pictures of lumbar spine anatomy & pathology. Request your own copy of the image CD to study at home. ...Read more
Normal aging: Dedication means drying out. There is a central pulp in the disc which tends to dry up as we age. It is really the way most discs look on MRI as people get older. Fortunately it has not started to lose height yet but it probably will over time. We call this degenerative disc disease. ...Read more
Can u explain to me what disc desiccation with small or mild broad based central subligamentous hnp and minimal deformity of anterior thecal sac means?
What are ur symptoms: X-ray reports are interpretations normally made by a doctor who never meets you. Someone who knows your symptoms and history and exam findings is the only one who can tell you what the interpretation means for you. ...Read more
What does L2-L3 mild disc desiccation without significant stenosis and disc desiccation with mild disc bulge mean?
Degenerative changes: As we age, motion and loading in the spine will begin to wear down the discs, and they get dry (desiccation) shrink top, to, bottom and bulge as the outer rings waken in the disc. Generally it means you need to strengthen your core muscles, lose weight, stand straighter, exercise more to help ease your back pain. ...Read more
I had Disc desiccation Reduced D10D11 and L2/L3 height with end plate irregularity and peridiscal osteophytes-disc degenerative changes what this mean?
Moderately: Advanced degenerative changes. Treatment depends on symptoms. Consult with ortho back specialist. ...Read more
What would the terms "“Desiccation involving L1-2 and L5-S1 discs." and ". Mild facethypertrophy.” on my MRI mean?
Dry discs, thick bon: Dessication means drying; d discs b/w d lumbar vertebrae r dry, & possibly bulging where dryness is d worst. (Vertebrae r numbered by location: S1=1st sacral, L=lumbar). Facet hypertrophy means d joints of the vertebrae r overgrown & thick, pointing out a tendency 4 arthritis (in spine, called spondylitis). TTYD to figure out what this means 4 u vis-a-vis ur symptoms. False findings r possible! ...Read more
Mild diffuse posterior protrusion mildly indenting the discs, Desiccation of L4-L5/ L5-S1. Never got injured nor fell on my back. What causes this??
Mri findings: These findings you describe are considered normal findings in May patients or may be related to genetics After the age of 40, 80 percent of the population has degenerative discs with buldging and disc dessication. Also, recent studies on identical twins have shown that degenerative disc disease is highly genetic in nature ...Read more
Fuse L4/S1 Feb 2014. MRI this month: L3/4: There is mild disc Desiccation, disc bulge, and posterior annual tear. What does this mean?
Back pain: You are developing breakdown or arthritis at the level above the fusion. The fusion acts as a lever and puts extra stress on the adjacent level. A CT scan of the lumbar spine can determine if the fusion is solid and the hardware is not broken/loose. Arthritis and back pain can occur at the level above the fusion (L3/4) or below the fusion (sacroiliac joints). See your spine surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
MRI- "l/4-l-5 disc desiccation. Small central protrusion w/ tiny posterior annular tear. No canal stenosis or sig. Foraminal narrowing". What it mean?
Some pain: The disc is between two vertebrae, the spine. They act like shock absorbers. When they have a problem they bulge out of their space. It sounds like it sticks out and touches some nerves. The disc has a band around it. It may tear like yours did. The point where nerves leave the spinal cord, the exit foramen is ok. ...Read more
What dose mild degenerative changes with disc desiccation c3-c4, c4-c5and c5-c6 and c6-c7 and reversal of cervical lordosis with disc desiccation mean?
Mri of cervical spine says there is disc space desiccation from c3c4 through c5c6 intervertebral disc space level. What does it mean?
Degenerative change: Means that the disc, which is a sort of "cushion" between the vertebral bodies, is losing elasticity due to chemical alterations in its substance, generally associated with aging and wear and tear. It is an early manifestation of degenerative disc disease/arthritis. Very common, likely not to cause symptoms as an isolated finding. No treatment per se, no follow up if this is the only finding. ...Read more
Disc fluids are: Drying up, as a result of this dryness and loss of fluid, the disc (s) degenerate (wear away) to a degree. Disc desiccation is the earliest visible sign of disc degeneration. Disc degeneration can range in severity from mild, moderate, to severe. Severe cases of disc degeneration can require surgery to fix the problem. ...Read more
Discs dehydrated: It is dehydration of multiple discs, us ggesting degenerative aging of the spine and discs foretelling a decay cycle and aging of the disc. In and of itself, not important to worry about unless associated with severe symptoms, then needs proper consideration and evaluation. ...Read more
I have a c3-4 disc dessication with broad partial effacement in csf space? What does this mean? Could this paralyze me?
If fi have disc disiccation with a mild disc bulge that was effacing the thecal sac anteriorly, is there something I can do or does that mean surgery?
Reactive end plate changes at c6-c7 characterized by hyperintensity on t1and t2 multilevel disc dessication and canal stenosis. What does this mean?
Degenerative neck: Neck degeneration with spurs that narrow the canal for spinal cord cervical spondylosis. its appearance on MRI is not universally sympomatic, concerning if coupled wth signs and symptoms of meyleopathy poor balance with eyes closed multiple falls and loss of hand strength and coordination ...Read more
What do you suggest if my MRI says diffuse disc bulge of l4-l5 intervertible disc causing ventral thecal sac indentation. Disc desication of l5-s1, what I do?
Disc dehydrated: It is mild dehydration of the disc, suggesting damage to the blood supply of the disc and foretelling a decay cycle and aging of the disc. In and of itself, not important to worry about unless associated with severe symptoms, then needs proper consideration and evaluation. ...Read more
No: Disc desiccation is a natural process of aging, unfortunately. No relationship to body temperature ...Read more
Can mild disc desiccation reverse itself one study says its there and one study says its not I'm confused same goes for disc bulges what to believe?
The reason for the difference is the tuning of the signal as it is read on the film. The fluid dries out of a disc that is injured. The injury is there because of ligament that are loose in the back.
If you have the pain, contact a doctor that does prolotherapy to help you. Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to learn about prolotherapy and find a doctor to help you. ...Read more
L1l4 degen disc, l4l5 l5s1 disc desiccation recently started having elevated temperatures could this be part of the disc issues?
How would I correct my back the l5-s1 has disc desiccation and 2 mm of retrolisthesis of L5 onto s1?
Don't look at pic: The picture of your back usually does not play a role in your treatment unless you have failed nonop care and have symptoms that warrant surgery and findings on studies consistent with your complaints. All of us develop changes at l5-s1 over time and the dessication with retrolithesis is a normal finding for most as we age not necessarily requiring a "fix.". ...Read more
Yes.: Any sort of trauma, including falls, excessive strain, or being hit, could potentially irritate lumbar degenerative discs. ...Read more
Bulging dsc: You should be reevaluated to see if a repeat study is indicated. ...Read more
Discs at l3/4 & l4/5 are both abnormal for a patient of my age, with desiccation. There are posterior annular tears at both levels?
What?: I'm not at all sure what you are asking. Please try again so you can get an answer. ...Read more
I was in a car accident and just got my MRI report back today the results say "slight narrowing mild disc desiccation of the l5-s1." please explain?!
Don't worry: The findings you describe are not related to your accident but likely reflect a condition common to all bipeds, degeneration of the discs that act as cushions between the vertebral bodies of your spine. While you seem young for this, you can counteract these changes by doing the correct back excercises and keeping your core strength well developed. Make sure you aren't overweight. ...Read more
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