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Can you tell me what is degeneration and massive central herniation of the l4-l5 and l5-s1 discs?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Yes this is when a

When a disc ages, it degenerates & when it does it is more susceptible to herniate.
If a smoker, the disc wears out 4x faster & smokers have a 2x higher rate of herniations compared to non smokers . Size of a disc herniation usually does not matter in terms of symptoms but they tend to get better quicker & without surgery as they most likely provoke a large inflammatory or healing response!

In brief: Yes this is when a

When a disc ages, it degenerates & when it does it is more susceptible to herniate.
If a smoker, the disc wears out 4x faster & smokers have a 2x higher rate of herniations compared to non smokers . Size of a disc herniation usually does not matter in terms of symptoms but they tend to get better quicker & without surgery as they most likely provoke a large inflammatory or healing response!
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Potentially neuralgi

This means you have disc material away from its normal location and can cause nerve root pressure depending on the amount of disc material that has come out, also cause what is known as a cauda equina syndrome.

In brief: Potentially neuralgi

This means you have disc material away from its normal location and can cause nerve root pressure depending on the amount of disc material that has come out, also cause what is known as a cauda equina syndrome.
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
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