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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

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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I have a had a cervical spinal fusion at c5-c6 now the disc above it is protruding & there is bone spurs going to the plate will I need surgery again?

Possibly: If you are having new pain and symptoms, the adjacent level of your previous fusion may require surgery if you fail appropriate conservative care. ...Read more

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I have osteoarthritis and bone spurs in my cervical spine and bulging discs in c-3 through c-6. Will this require surgery to fix?

I have osteoarthritis and bone spurs in my cervical spine and bulging discs in c-3 through c-6. Will this require surgery to fix?

Depends: The finding you listed are very common. Mris are very sensitive and pick up many abnormalities. Just remember that we treat patients, not mris. The main question is symptoms. The main indication for surgery on the neck is weakness or neurologic deficit. Pain is not the best indication for surgery and this may lead to dissatisfaction with the surgical outcomes. ...Read more

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I have chronic ddd, djd, muscle spasm, bulging disc, bone spurs, stenosis. I'm in a lot of pain, what can help? Physical therapy didn't help.

I have chronic ddd, djd, muscle spasm, bulging disc, bone spurs, stenosis. I'm in a lot of pain, what can help? Physical therapy didn't help.

Spinal Stenosis: Ddd/djd/muscle spasm/bulging discs/bone spurs/stenosis are non-specific diagnoses & may or may not cause pain. More effective treatment plan may be mapped out if the specific pain generators can be identified. In advanced cases w/ stenosis, pt may not be effective & meds can create a viscous cycle. Concurrent consultation and collaboration with a spine surgeon & pain management is advised. ...Read more

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AS causing narrowing of spinal canal, bone spurs pinching nerve c5/6 got injections on each side NO relief! What will work to relive pain? I'm hurting

AS causing narrowing of spinal canal, bone spurs pinching nerve c5/6 got injections on each side NO relief! What will work to relive pain? I'm hurting

Conservative methods: Conservative approaches to cervical osteophytes include cortisone shots (temporary, may need to be repeated), pain and muscle relaxing meds, physical therapy/massage, & rest. If this approach fails, surgery may be needed (laminectomy to remove osteophytes). See a pain specialist or neurosurgeon for discussion. Http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1144952-overview ...Read more

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How are bone spurs pressing on cervical spinal nerves usually treated surgically?

How are bone spurs pressing on cervical spinal nerves usually treated surgically?

Yes: If the spurs are bad enough and are causing weakness, loss of balance, numbness and other neurologic symptoms. ...Read more

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Doesn't spinal stenosis mean that it's bone spurs that pinch the nerves?

Doesn't spinal stenosis mean that it's bone spurs that pinch the nerves?

Pinched nerves: Depending on how severe the nerves are compressed, spinal stenosis just means narrowing of the spinal canal from any- and all causes. Some people have terrible symptoms when standing and walking due to bone spurs; other patients can tolerate it just fine; despite bigger spurs... A good ortho spine doc can look at the scans for you and determine the best course of action. ...Read more

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What causes rib pain? X=ray and CT show nothing. I have RA and spinal bone spurs. Could either of these be the problem?

What causes rib pain? X=ray and CT show nothing. I have RA and spinal bone spurs. Could either of these be the problem?

Need investigation: Rib pain could have many etiologies. If x-rays and ct were neg other sources of the pain need to be investigated. A herniated dorsal spine disc could be the source and certainly the two conditions you mention above could be contributory factors. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is a bone spur or if it is a bulging disc that is impinging a nerve root? I have both with moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7

How do I know if it is a bone spur or if it is a bulging disc that is impinging a nerve root? I have both with moderate foraminal stenosis in C6/7

The CT/MRI CAN TELL: A compression of a nerve root in the neck can be caused by different problems; generally the imaging studies can determine the specific reason. The CT is better at defining bony contours and can generally tell if a spur is compressing a nerve (or not). The MRI is better at defining soft tissue contours and would be able to determine if a disc (soft tissue) is compressing a nerve. ...Read more

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I have unbearable pain due to disc problems, spinal stenosis, spurs, bulging discs, little help from meds. Would tummy tuck help decrease pain?

Nope.: Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are not performed to relive pain. The tummy tuck is a cosmetic operation used to smooth the belly. It removes excess skin, lower abdominal fat and tightens to abdominal muscles. It does not treat the spine or any of the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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Can bone spurs and disc bulges of the cervical spine disappear over 6 years?

Usually no.: These findings are typically produced from longstanding wear and tear and do not spontaneously resolve. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery for a spinal bone spur without any fusion?

Yes: But if the spur come from damaged joint the joint have to be fused otherwise the spur may come back again. ...Read more

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Have grade 3 ddd and bulging discs. Does Bikram yoga really help improve disc height and health or will it worsen bulges?

It may help you feel: Better if back pain by increasing flexibility and core strength - it will not affect the status of any of the discs directly. The disc degeneration has multiple etiologies including genetic and lifestyle issues such as being obese and smoking as well as a prior history of back injury or surgery. It will not worsen you in any case. ...Read more

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Could you have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

Could you have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

Not normally: Unless it was such a severe herniation that it caused cord edema (where you would have neurologic issues below that level if that happened). Normally arachnoiditis is more from issues closer to the cord, including infection, debris from surgery or injections, inflammation, infections, things of that nature. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression fix a bulging disk?

Maybe: Some chiropractors use a machine to apply traction to the spine and they call this "decompressioin." the scientific data is not robust so far and I don't believe any insurance companies cover the treatment which can be expensive. Some patients swear that it was helpful while others not so...
"caveat emptor". ...Read more

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My question is I have two bulging disk and spinal stenois. I was wondering if I will continue to work as a certified nursing assistant?

My question is I have two bulging disk and spinal stenois. I was wondering if I will continue to work as a certified nursing assistant?

Perhaps: A 40's male with common MRI findings needs second opinion ; to ask the doctor frankly if he can perform cna job. The doctor should be a neurosurgeon. Next see an osteopath to discern if soft tissue injuries involved. Bulging disks do not necessarily generate pain, and stenosis is a relative matter. Symptoms of leg weakness, if caused by spinal impingements, are worrisome for lifting ; pushing. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging discs in L-3-4-5, spinal stenosis and disk degeneration. I have twiching in my calfs off and on, is it caused from my back issues?

I have 3 bulging discs in L-3-4-5, spinal stenosis and disk degeneration. I have twiching in my calfs off and on, is it caused from my back issues?

Perhaps: Bulging discs in and of themselves do not cause neuropathic or myalgic symptoms unless they compress specific nerves and/or central nervous system structures. If you already had an MRI, presumably that was ordered by your physician to help assess these symptoms, and having a discussion regarding the results would be appropriate. ...Read more

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What happens if a bulging disk touches the spinal cord?

Bulging disc: You may or may not have symptoms - the symptoms could be pain, tingling or weakness. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

Help! Is it possible to have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

No: Unlikely from a bulging disc. Usually occurs after surgery or procedure to spine. Also can be if there was a history of spinal infection. ...Read more

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I am 18. I have a congenitaly narrow spinal canal with 3 bulging discs (l3-4 l4-5) and im in pain every day. What do I do?

I am 18. I have a congenitaly narrow spinal canal with 3 bulging discs (l3-4 l4-5) and im in pain every day. What do I do?

Lasar surgery: They may retract in 90 days. If not the new lasar surgery is supposed to be fabulous. I have had the same problem since I was your age. Comes and goes. ...Read more

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Can spinal decompression systems work for herniated or bulging discs?

Can spinal decompression systems work for herniated or bulging discs?

Non-surgical?: If you are referring to non-surgical spinal decompression employed mostly by chiropractors, there is very little evidence showing its efficacy. It is a very costly treatment that uses traction to relieve pain caused by a disc herniation and nerve root compression. It has not shown to be any different then allowing time to allow inflammation to improve. ...Read more

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My husband is scheduled to have a c3-t1 acfd due t spinal stenosis and bulging disk. Can this many levels be complicated and dangerous?

My husband is scheduled to have a c3-t1 acfd due t spinal stenosis and bulging disk. Can this many levels be complicated and dangerous?

Yes it can.: All types of surgery can involve risk and potential complications. Choosing a skilled expert is important. When the best procedure is properly selected, planned and performed by him/her then a very successful outcome can be achieved. ...Read more

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I'd like to talk to someone about an operation on my back for spinal stenosis I also have bulging discs. My actual diagnosis is developmental spinal stenosis?

I'd like to talk to someone about an operation on my back for spinal stenosis I also have bulging discs. My actual diagnosis is developmental spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis: You need to consult a Neuro surgeon or Orthopedic surgeon who specializes in such surgery and has done several of those surgeries a month. These types of surgeries are often complicated and have long recovery time. In the end when successful they are worth the pain time and effort. Best luck ...Read more

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Treatment recommendations for spinal stenosis combined with 4 bulging disk in lower lumbar?

Verify actually caus: Verify that is actually causing the symptoms. Are there specific objective neurologic findings? ...Read more

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Recent MRI-Bulging disk in the C4-5 area causing me severe pain especially nausea when traveling in the car, Spinal injury started 7 year ago lifting?

See a neurologist: Just because bulging discs were found does not mean that disc is the cause of your symptoms. More than likely it is unrelated. This is a common finding in asymptomatic people. See a neurologist to find the cause of your symptoms and then proper treatment. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lumbar stenosis with bulging discs at l4/l5 and l3/l4 with spinal cord effacement and bilateral facet joint hypertrophy.

Mixed: Facet hypertrophy is a common change as people age; the amount of joint enlargement is more important than the fact that it is present. Stenosis is an issue if it is symptomatic. Weight control and exercise can help. Surgery can help in cases that don't respond to other treatment. The spinal cord usually ends at l1-2, so if it truly goes down to l5, there are other issues that need to be addressed. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Janice Alexander
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Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more