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The Cause & Treatment of Desiccated Discs

Updated on August 26, 2017

Disc Desiccation Is a Painful Experience

Disc desiccation is a degenerative condition that can be very painful. It is the earliest sign of a more severe degeneration and should not be overlooked. If you find the right way to handle it in time, you will get the problem under control and be able to avoid more serious back problems or surgery. On this page, you will find some useful information on causes and treatment options.

What is disc desiccation? It's fluid loss in the cushion-like discs between vertebrae.
What is disc desiccation? It's fluid loss in the cushion-like discs between vertebrae.

Between every two vertebrae (the bones of your spinal column) there is a flat disc that protects your spine by acting as a cushion and shock absorber. It is made of a tough annulus fibrosis surrounding the jelly-like nucleus pulposus. Desiccation is the result of the loss of fluid in the discs, and this is in fact the basis for the condition's name: The term "disc desiccation" comes from the Greek word "diskos" (for disc) and the Latin word "desiccare" (to dry up).

Causes

Its main cause is the natural aging process. As we get older, it is only normal that a part of the fluid in our discs goes away. Most people experience some degree of desiccation during their lifetime. Many sufferers are 60 years of age and older.

Other causes include trauma or repeated strain or injury to the back. These causes are typically at fault when the condition occurs to younger people.

Back and neck pain can be symptoms of disc desiccation.
Back and neck pain can be symptoms of disc desiccation.

Symptoms

The symptoms of disc desiccation can appear gradually, or they can appear suddenly after an injury. They include:

  • Pain caused by movement
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness
  • Changes in reflexes

Here are ways to relieve back pain.
Here are ways to relieve back pain.

Treatment

You can do a number of things to alleviate the pain related to disc desiccation. Talk to your doctor about treatment options, including those listed below. Some of these methods, however, do not produce permanent or lasting results.

  • Massage therapy—Relaxing the muscles concerned can take pressure away from the affected area.
  • Physiotherapy—Regularly doing targeted exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles around your spine can help alleviate pain. Ice and heat therapies can also be beneficial.
  • Medication—Pain killers and relaxants provide at least some temporary relief. However, it is essential to take these medications only under the supervision of your physician.
  • Weight Loss—If you are overweight there is a good chance that weight loss could relieve pressure on the affected disc. Follow a healthy diet and daily exercise regimen, but take care to stay away from high-impact activities that could further strain your back.
  • Chiropractic Care—Many people claim that a visit to a chiropractor is an essential part of any back pain treatment. Chiropractors help align your back through natural methods, releasing muscles and evening pressure by fixing your posture.
  • Surgery—This method should only be used if you experience severe pain and have already tried all other treatments. Seek multiple medical opinions before choosing an operation. This procedure involves a spinal fusion, in which the disc is removed (and sometimes an artificial one is inserted) and the adjacent vertebrae are joined with screws and rods. This can be highly successful in eliminating pain, but, again, should only be used as a last resort.

The first step to take is to make a phone call a doctor.
The first step to take is to make a phone call a doctor.

The First Step

The first step to take if you suspect disc desiccation is to see a doctor. In the meantime, avoid any activity that may strain your spine.

Disc degeneration is a normal part of aging, so as you get older, even if you do not suffer from disc desiccation, ask your doctor about stretches and exercises you can do to help strengthen the muscles that support your back.

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      Toni 2 weeks ago

      I have had an mri to my back which states l1 and l2 disc desiccation and yet my gp only commented on screen . No action required. I work as a district nurse from my go surgery and still suffering from back pain. What should I do or do you think m go is correct in just leaving it. Spinal problems rubs in my family with my 2 brothers having there backs fused ?

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      Al-Amin Baria 4 weeks ago

      Hi im 34 yrs old female from India, Ned your kind suggestion and guidance. I hv lumber spine problem since last 4yrs. On suggestion orthopedics i done MRI LS SPINE SAGITTAL FSE T1 ,FSE T2 AXIAL FSE T1,FSE T2 , MRI report is Lumber Lordosis is slightly straightened with normal alignment. On T2 weighted image L4 -5 and L5 S1 discs are hypointense due to disc desiccation. On T1W and T2W image focal hyperintense signal is seen in the L1 Vertebral body. Suggesting focal fatty change. At L4 -5 level : Circumferential disc bulge with mild posterolateral osteoporosis and mild fact hypertrophy are causing corresponding thecal sac indentation and bilateral neural forming narrowing.( Impression ) Thecal Sac indentation and bilateral neural forming narrowing at L4 - 5 and L5-S1 level due to disc protrusions, disc bulge with mild posterolateral osteoporosis and mild fact hypertrophy at the respective level as stated above. My doctor give me Tab Pregabaline. Tab Naprox pluse. Kindly Advise me on either above thetreatment is Ok and what my MRI says. I hv Vitamin D / Vit -D3 only 12.0 So my doctor give me injection D3 bon (6) .Thanks

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      Riyaz Ahmad wani 7 weeks ago

      Evidence of multilevel dessication cocentric diffuse bulge

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      Suhas Joshi 3 months ago

      There is desiccation with protrusion of L3,L4,L5 discs so what I need to do? Doctor suggested me to go for surgery. Kindly advise me

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      Sally fillingham 6 months ago from Withernsea

      Good info

      I have bulges at c4 c5 c6 c7-cervical

      Disc dessication

      Bone spurs

      At t6 t7 t8 -mid thoracic

      Minmally prominent central canal at t7

      Annular tear at posterior

      Bulges at lower thoracic on multiple levels

      Bulges at lumbar on multiple levels

      L4 l5 s1

      Facet joints l4 l5 /s1

      Tropism facet joints

      I'm not over weight

      I'm a vegetarian....

      Is their any hope for me ...

      I was a fitness fanatic when this struck me 5 years ago

      It's took my life off me I'm always in pain with inflammation

      Depression for years

      I'm a stone over weight but all this started when I was active and healthy why did it strike me when I was active and healthy ??

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      annonymous 6 months ago

      I am 24 yrs(female) old. I am suffering from a severe pain throughout my right leg due to early subtotal disc dessication and degeneration of L4-L5 and L5-S1 vertebral level with mild disc bulge seen associated with thecal indentation. Plz help me..

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      Vijay 7 months ago

      Hi, I am 41 yrs old male from India. Need your kind suggation and guidence. I have law back ache since last 2-3 months and pain extends upto my left leg. On suggestion of Orthopedic Surgeon I done MRI LS Spine. Report says " DISC DESICCATION WITH POSTERO-CENTRAL, LEFT PARACENTRAL DISC PROTRUSION & EXTRUSION WITH INFERIOR MIGRATION SEEN AT L4-5 LEVEL RESULTING IN NARROWING OF SPINAL CANAL & LATERAL RECESS, COMPRESSING THE TRAVERSING NERVE ROOTS"

      What does it means, Is anything serious or its curable.

      Dr. has prescribed me following medicines

      Tab Pregabalin and Nortriptyline BD

      Tab Tramadol Hcl with PCM

      Tab Etoricoxib with Thiocolchicoside

      Kindly advise me either above treatment is OK and what MRI says.

      Thanks

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      Dave 12 months ago

      Hi. Try taking turmeric powder. You can buy it from any asian superstore as it is used in indian cooking. Please read up on quantity & limit to consume. A quarter of a tea spoon in a large glass of water works as an anti inflammatory. It takes a few days for your body to get use to it but once it settles in, it gives instant relief when taken. I also found that when you add a squeezed lemon or lime it tends to sustain the pain for a lot longer but have been takin it moderately due to the Acid. Not recommended for pregnant women. Please read up on it first. Also drink lots of water. Good luck.

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      Syed 13 months ago

      I am 38 years, male, Dentist.MRI report is

      Loss of normal lumbar lordosis which is due to muscular spasm.

      Spinal cord terminates at the level of L1.

      Mild to moderate degree of degenerative changes along with the anterior lumbar spine.

      Disc degeneration at the L2/3 and L3/4.

      At the level of L3/4 generalized disc bulg with posterocenteral disc protrusion causing narrowing of both exit foramina with impingement of both existing nerve roots.

      Severe compression of cauda equina with moderate to severe degree spinal canal stenosis due to disc protrusion.

      Mild degree of degenerative changes are noted in the facet joints bilaterally with slight hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum.

      At the level of L4/5 there is generalized disc bulge.

      There is mild to moderate degree impingement of the intraspinal nerve roots with stenosis of the lateral recesses bilaterally.

      Please kindly give suggestions about treatment, Dr said I needed to be operated right away in about 24 to 48 hours when he checked the MRI report but I can't afford the surgery cost and will also loose my job as GP-Dentist overseas.I support my family, wife,brother sister,please guide me if I will recover from all above mentioned issues without surgery. Thanks and regards.

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      Syed 13 months ago

      I am 38 years, male, Dentist.MRI report is

      Loss of normal lumbar lordosis which is due to muscular spasm.

      Spinal cord terminates at the level of L1.

      Mild to moderate degree of degenerative changes along with the anterior lumbar spine.

      Disc degeneration at the L2/3 and L3/4.

      At the level of L3/4 generalized disc bulg with posterocenteral disc protrusion causing narrowing of both exit foramina with impingement of both existing nerve roots.

      Severe compression of cauda equina with moderate to severe degree spinal canal stenosis due to disc protrusion.

      Mild degree of degenerative changes are noted in the facet joints bilaterally with slight hypertrophy of the ligamentum flavum.

      At the level of L4/5 there is generalized disc bulge.

      There is mild to moderate degree impingement of the intraspinal nerve roots with stenosis of the lateral recesses bilaterally.

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      Faeoori 13 months ago

      32 yr old female. I had a herniated disc between l3 and l4 that was treated with shots in my back and a year of physical therapy. Two years later and I have a severely bulging disc between l4 and l5. That one is pinching a nerve so badly that I lose feeling in my right leg almost daily. Also both of those discs, and one other have "moderate dessication ". I'm trying to exercise to lose weight, but it's hard when an hour of walking has me in tears from the pain. I feel like I'm too young for this and it's depressing. Can anyone suggest anything to help with the pain?

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      Sathish 14 months ago

      i am facing problem in lag unable to walk on my right leg for 10 mint ,my MRI report show is disc dessication at l4-l5 and l5-s1 levels, L4-l5 level large posterior disc extrusion , the disc is compressing Spain card, Doctors says operation immediately, or I will get paralysis, but I went treatment in physiotherapy traction for 4 days, pain reduce ..but after 3 days I got again,.. Please advise me operation is must for this problem or not ?

      traction will creating pain in entire back bone.

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      aswani 14 months ago

      my MRI DONE on 26 june16 reports as"early disc dessication involving cervical discs with small osteophytes at the end of vertebra .there is a small vertebral hemangioma / focal fatty change in C2 VERTEBRA "

      please suggest me what to do to be free .presently doctor gives GABATIP AT 2 TIMES & BENFOMET PLUS OD.

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      Tim Hone 15 months ago

      Inversion table had been my fastest temperary and sometimes longer term relief. Also somewhat preventative

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      Renea 17 months ago

      I have herniated, DDD, & desiccation disc in lumbar part of my spine. It hurts !!! Pain & numbness even goes down my leg. I'm sick of Drs saying that most people my age have it & live normal lives. I can't even sweep my floor without it putting me in bad pain. To me that's not normal. !!! They also say it will get worse the older I get. I can't stand it now !!! What will I do then ???

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      athar 22 months ago

      I am 23 yea old male.i have a problem of disc degeneration at level l4-5.doctor suggest me a surgery.so any one expert to tell me what should i do?

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      athar 22 months ago

      I am 23 yea old male.i have a problem of disc degeneration at level l4-5.doctor suggest me a surgery.so any one expert to tell me what should i do?

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      Bill 2 years ago

      Hello. My son is 11 years of age, and has had back pain for around 6 months. He was playing cricket and bowling when it happened he then stopped. Originally pain was on higher point of back, now has shifted down to lower back. He has seen physio and has been to many doctors. Finally a doctor gave him a Refferal to Have an MRI. So we did.

      We didn't receive a copy of the report, but the doctor said 'There is a problem that we have found. In between disks there are some Gel like substances and your son doesn't have the gel substance. Usually this happens with old age, so there is something wrong that we need to get to the bottom of. This would cause pain.' (I think this type of injury is called disk Dessication) He then referee us to a Rhuemitoligist. We are going to book on Monday for an appointment.

      How long would it take to heal? Is this really bad? Does he need surgery? What treatment would he get?

      *Got some more news*

      It is effecting L5/S1 don't know what it is or if it's worse or better.

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      Shahid 2 years ago

      MRI LUMBAR SPINE:-

      -:CONCLUSION:- Multilevel disc degenerative disease maximum at L3-4,L4-5 and L5-S1 with circumferential disc bulges,central and paracentral protrusions causing narrowing of recesses and foramina.

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      Diane 2 years ago

      Thank you for this article..... it was really helpful for me to understand. My physiotherapist told me to search for dessicated disc on internet after an MRI done 2 days ago confirmed an l5-s1 and a little bit of l3-l4 dessicated disc.....

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      Santosh 2 years ago

      Hello, my Name is Santosh n i have been goin through a back pain for last 3 three years and my MRI reports says,1.) Concavity in the central portions of L4-L5 vertebral bodies with widened adjecent intravertrbral disc spaces- ? cause.

      2.)T2 sagittal screening of cervicothoracic spine shows concavity in the central portions of C6-T2 vertebral bodies with widened adjacent intravertebral disc spaces and disc dessication at T10-11. Small schmorl's node at inferior endplate of T11 vertebra.

      Can anyone explain me clearly what exactly happened to me ?

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      Raquel Santiago 2 years ago

      For the person who mention spincal cord stimulator, those should be used only as a last result when everything else has been tried, any good doctor or pain management will tell you this because any further xrays or MRI's will not show accurate results due to the device blocking the xray or MRI/CT scan.

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      aamir khan 2 years ago

      MR I: LUMBOSACRAL SPINE what is L5/S

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      Umesh 2 years ago

      I am myself victim of herniated disc issue. I have fixed my own issue with yoga specific posture and yoga traction. Not only that, I have fixed issues of my student as well. Please note that painkiller , muscle relaxants or similar drugs can help momentarily but as far as I have experienced it, nerve pinching can only be resolved by yoga traction way if you really want to avoid surgeries. Moreover, yoga will prevent occurrence of it again. I can help people in person or though Skype to come out of pinching nerve pain. Reach me at www.SohamYogaStudio.org or sohamyogastudio at gmail dot com.

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      James 2 years ago

      Hi all, I have tried all the methods mentioned above and nothing has worked so far as long term relief is concerned. I have been to a physical therapist, now going on the second go around, tried pain meds, with little to no relief at all, muscle spasms in my lower and mid back that I'm on meds for, and incontinence (fecal and urinary) that require me to wear diapers, all due to the L5-S1 nerve root being pushed on by a herniated disc that I can literally feel when rubbing my back in that place. Just for the sake of time crunching here, I'll just say that my cervical and mid spine are in better shape than my lower spine has been for a while. Given that I have incontinence, and have failed all non surgical methods, I believe that I have made the candidate list for surgery. Yay me!

      The MRI results for that area state "L-5-S1 demonstrates loss of disc height and disc desiccation. There is a moderate to large central and left paramedian disc protrusion effacing the thecal sac and compressing the left L5 and S1 nerve root.

      Impression:

      1. Moderate to large disc protrusion central and left paramedian L5-S1 with resultant compression of left L5 and to a greater degree S1 nerves roots."

      So there is the summary of the issue.

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      wilmer.sr6@gmail.com 2 years ago

      my son at 16 years old is suffering from desiccation of the spine due to trauma in his football activities, what supplements, food & medication are highly recommended to improve thinning of the disc & improve annulus fibrosis to protect jell like substance, nucleus pulposus?, had acupuncture, dmso, arnica, physical therapy, ginger application to the spine.

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      becky-hutchings-7 3 years ago

      Hi. Two and a half months ago I had an abdominal colpoplexy. I just recently was just getting my abs/core strong after having another abdominal surgery last year. I have had back issues all my life but woke up from this last surgery with back pain that got better for about a week and then I had to go out of town. After that long drive it has only gotten worse. I am a nurse and have not been able to work except for that week. My doctor says that I could work if I am at risk of losing my job and that my spine is stable,my physical therapist says it is not and I am more confident in the therapists opinion. ( I am running out of FMLA). I am inpatient, waiting for appointment with an osteopath and a neuro surgeon. So my MRI finding are mild left lumbar curve is present. Bilateral L5 pars deects are suspected with about 4 mm anterior spnodylolysthesis of L5 on S1. There is moderate L4-L5 disc space narrowing with desiccation. I am feeling in limbo right now. Any input?

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      kaderkochi 3 years ago

      Homoeopathic medicines like phosphoric acid, Calcium fluoride and Nitric acid 8x are good for degenerative diseases of spine

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      akash-roy-1804 3 years ago

      @anonymous: i have the same problem and iam 25

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      Maralmar 3 years ago

      Hi Carol M, I am also taking Tramadol for lumbar pain (spondylolisthesis) and had two fusions at 17 and 19yrs old, (now 59) Condition now worse and take 300mg Lyrica nightly. This tab is specifically for nerve pain (I have flattened nerve L3-L4). Have muscle atrophy directly over fused bone area but still need further op. Also have the other problems of disc bulge in 3 disc's and desiccated disc at L4 -L5. Hope you have found some pain relief in the past year.

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      Maralmar 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Carol M, I am also taking Tramadol for lumbar pain (spondylolisthesis) and had two fusions at 17 and 19yrs old, (now 59) Condition now worse and take 300mg Lyrica nightly. This tab is specifically for nerve pain (I have flattened nerve L3-L4). Have muscle atrophy directly over fused bone area but still need further op. Also have the other problems of disc bulge in 3 disc's and desiccated disc at L4 -L5. Hope you have found some pain relief in the past year.

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      Maralmar 3 years ago

      @anonymous: G'day Rob, just got my latest MRI report today & when reading your report, I am amazed at the similarity. I have Spondylolisthesis, known when I was 15yrs & had 2 lumbar fusions at 17 & 19 yrs. Was not a total success but lived with the occasional pain. Now 59 yrs & have to have another fusion, but this time with 4 titanium screws to hold slipped vertebrae in place. I am extremely concerned about the disc desiccstion at L4-5. Also have no muscle at all where the donor bone was placed, & the skin has over time 'glued' itself to the donor bone, about 5 inches by 4 inches area between L3 & L5. Due to our medical system I can not get into hospital for min 12 mths. State G'ment says if operation not life threatening, then get in the queue. This is Sydney Australia!! Rob, hope you get through your back problems OK.

      REgards, Allan.

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      Blampasso 3 years ago

      The normal lumbar lordosis is maintained. There is disc desiccation diffusely throughout the spine. At the L1-2 level, there is disc bulging posterior annular fissuring. At the L2-3 level , there is a left parasagittal foraminal disc herniation affacing the ventral aspect of the thecal sac and minimally narrowing the left neural foramen. There is mild mass effect on the descending left L3 nerve root. At the L3-4 level, there is a central and right parasagittal disc herniation effacing the ventral aspect of the thecal sac. At the L4-5 level, there is a central right sided disc herniation effacing the ventral aspect of the thecal sac. At the L5-S1 level, there is slight disc bulging.

      Can anyone tell me if this is bad. If so how bad. I'm in a lot of pain.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Dino please shut up...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Not exercise..COX / Decompression at Chiropractor

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: they come from a wealthy family..No shit they all are surgeons. Chiropractic is the best way to go.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I got hurt from my job last October 2012. I had an MRI December of the same year and the doctor said it did not show anything is wrong with my back. I am so mad because after the accident, I been having a whole lot of sharp-shooting pains on both of my buttocks that will put me to the floor if I could not get hold of something or balance myself. They sent me to a physical therapy twice which made the pain worst and epidural shot which only helped for a week. Lately, my back spasms came back and it is very annoying all that electricity like crawling on my back. I went to a neurosurgeon last month and he told me that after he checked on my MRI film, there is nothing that needed to be operated and I only have a slight dessication and degenerative disc.

      Is there somebody that experienced a sharp-shooting pain. If so, could you please help me on what I will do to avoid this pain. I cannot understand it because sometimes I am just sitting and be still and when I get up then bummmm as if a knife stabbed my the side of my buttocks that it hurts so much. So many times it makes my whole body shake. I only take aleve and do heat pads for my pain. Please help me! I got tired of bouncing from one doctor and the other and the only thing they told me is to learn how to manage my pain.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've read most of the posts here and am shocked by all the bad advice given here. Each person is different and will react to treatment differently. People who are completely again surgery have a right to be scared but surgery is sometimes necessary. If you have any signs of bladder and/or bowel incontinence and you have a bulging disk anywhere between L1-S1, you need to see an ER doc immediately without hesitation, and you'll probably have surgery that day if the incontinence is related to your disk. This is because the disk is pressing centrally against your nerve roots and if you don't get the pressure off immediately your incontinence is going to be permanent and you'll be doing it in a bag for life. As well, some of the post have correctly stated, if your nerve roots are being impinged, the longer that impingement continues the longer it's going to take for that nerve to heal. There are definitely things that you should try before any back surgery because back surgery has many risks. As well it should be noted that anytime someone cuts into your body you'll develop scarring and that scar tissue can and does sometimes becomes more of a problem than what you first went into surgery for in the first place. Always ask your surgeon if the procedure can be done arthroscopically as opposed to opening you up and cutting through muscle tissue. Always research your surgeon. Call the college of physicians and surgeons and make sure they don't have a bad record. And just because your doctor has been sued in the past/present doesn't mean they're a bad doctor. People with sue just because they're not happy with their results/expectations. Lawyers will always look for someone to blame if you didn't get better or got worse. Sometimes these things just happen and are the price you're willing to pay for the chance to get better. And sometimes your doctor will not meet the standard of care for your condition in which case a lawsuit is appropriate.

      So what to do first when diagnosed with a bulging or desiccating disks. If you smoke, stop smoking immediately. For some reason smoking dries up disks as well as other tissues in the body. Take a look at the skin of someone who smokes and someone who doesn't smoke that are the same age. This drying of tissue is happening inside the body as well as outside. 2. Drink lots of water, cut down on liquids that remove water from the body instead of hydrating the body. So anything with caffeine or alcohol should be consumed as little as possible. 3. You need to see a physical therapist that specializes in spines. If you can't afford to go for multiple visits you should at least go a couple of times and ask them to design an exercise program you can do on your own that will strengthen your core muscles. If you have insurance that pays for this therapy take advantage of it. If you're not getting relief from pain within 8-10 visits chances are you're not going to relief this way. 4. Chiropractors, some people swear by them some people think they're nothing but quacks. I have several really close friends who are chiropractors and none of them believe in treating protruding disks and disk desiccation with rapid high torque manipulations of the spine. (or subluxation) They all believe a more conservative approach is better. For short term pain relief, they recommend TENS, hydrotherapy and ultrasound therapy. Stretching exercises to gently get the disk to come back in. Low impact exercise, in a pool for instance, may be of great benefit. 5. If you are carrying more weight on you than you should, nice way of saying you're fat, especially in the middle, you need to lose as much weight as possible and replace it with strengthening your abdominal muscles. I can't stress this enough. It can make the difference between a lifetime of relief or a lifetime of complete disability. Getting in good shape, slowly but surely and eating healthy are really key when you have back problems. They may not do anything about the underlying disease process but what it does is it slows down the inevitable degenerative process. Also remember the saying, "healthy body, healthy mind". Pain is a sensation we detect in the brain. If you have a healthy outlook on life as well as daily healthy habits like walking at least 30 min a day, eating right, being kind to you and others around you, you'll just feel better than someone who is sedentary, carrying too much weight and who's depressed. 6. Long bouts of pain can make you depressed. This is just a fact. If you are depressed, you don't feel like doing the things you need to do to get you out of your depression. As well, when you're depressed you feel your pain more intensely causing you to become more depressed thus feeling more pain. This is what is called the cycle of pain. If your doctor tells you that you need to see a psychologist of psychiatrist, they are not telling you that your pain is not real, or "it's all in your head". The fact of the matter is that all pain is "in your head". If you're suffering from depression as a result of pain you need to treat the depression in conjunction with what is causing the pain. I would also recommend, unless your pain is so bad that you can't function, to stay away from narcotics to deal with the pain. I say this not because I don't think they have a roll to play in pain control because I certainly do. I say this because they are a CNS depressant. And if you're still able to tolerate the pain and somehow get by and around then don't start taking narcotics to deal with the pain because taking a narcotic will speed up the depression cycle, and may get you on the road to an addiction. If that happens believe me, your back pain will be the least of your problems. There have been several well done studies of people with chronic back problems, who take narcotics for the pain and those who don't. They have found that the people who are on narcotics feel their pain more intensely than the group who don't use narcotics for their pain. You may think that this makes complete sense because the group who are on narcotics are probably on them because their disease process is worse, or they're on them because they're in more pain than the other group. But this is not the case. Because they found that when the narcotic medication was withdrawn, after some time passed, this same group reported that their pain diminished after the narcotics were removed. What they believe was happening was that, as the medication wears off, the brain, needing this medication now because of withdraw symptoms, feels the pain more intensely in order for you to give it what it needs to reverse the withdraw symptoms. But like I said before, if you're just in so much pain that you can't cope, than getting pain relief is completely warranted. I would recommend at first a short course of a long acting narcotic such as MS-Contin, never use a fast acting narcotic such as oxycodone to deal with a chronic pain syndrome. These drugs should only be taken for acute pain relief. (any pain lasting for only a few days or a week) Long acting narcotics should be used at a small enough dose just to make you more comfortable and more mobile. Use this time away from your pain and start to get your mind and body healthy. And once you start to do this, try reducing the amount of pain medication slowly. The point is to use as little medication as possible to maintain a reasonable quality of life. Hopefully if you're lucky and dedicated your pain and disability will start to diminish over time. 6. If you've done all the above first and nothing is working, it's time to start talking about surgery or other longer acting pain relief options such as nerve blocks. I would stay away from injecting steroids into your spine until it's your last resort. If the doctor punctures the Dural sac and injects a steroid directly onto your spinal cord or nerve roots then you're potentially in trouble.

      Well I know it was long but it's just my two cents on the subject. I hope this clarifies some things for some of you. And I hope that it actually helps some with the d

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Surgery

      Surgery will rarely make you better. However, as someone who has had a severe spinal cord compression along with many other issues, the longer the nerve stays compressed, the more irreversable damage will be done.I do understand your bad decision response because after my second surgery, I too can't work and feel my life is ruined. Fortunately, (in a sad twisted way), my compression was so bad I was nearly paralyzed from neck down and surgery was only option, so I don't have to second guess that decision. Whatever you do, DO NOT GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR. They well only damage a damaged disc more by twisting your body and putting more stress on that disc. Also, Doctor performing surgery is a huge wild card in how well the procedure goes. Too bad its hard or impossible to find out their track record before they operate on you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had my MRI scan so please help me to interpret and cure my spinal disorder accordingly?

      i am a 17 year old boy, height 5 ft 9 inches ,weight - 52 kg , my MRI scan reports says following: all cervical discs appear desiccated ,C4-5 disc shows small right posterior paracentral protrusion and C5-6 disc shows small posterocentral protrusion causing mild extra dural compression over ventral aspect of thecal sac ................so what does that means?????????????? my medical history is as under: i have severe cervical and neck pain due to my poor postural activities like excess bending while writing ,watching tv in laid down position etc so i had mild pain since 3 years but since last 6 months it has increased three-fold which has made my life a hell lot difficult now whenever i write there is severe stiffness and pain in my neck and it extends up to upper back not lumbar as well pain in my shoulder blade ,i am unable to sleep due to this and 7 months ago i had fallen down on the ground..................i am very confused first of all please explain me what does my mri scans reveals and how can it be cured ....................thanks in advance

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      had my MRI scan so please help me to interpret and cure my spinal disorder accordingly?

      i am a 17 year old boy, height 5 ft 9 inches ,weight - 52 kg , my MRI scan reports says following: all cervical discs appear desiccated ,C4-5 disc shows small right posterior paracentral protrusion and C5-6 disc shows small posterocentral protrusion causing mild extra dural compression over ventral aspect of thecal sac ................so what does that means?????????????? my medical history is as under: i have severe cervical and neck pain due to my poor postural activities like excess bending while writing ,watching tv in laid down position etc so i had mild pain since 3 years but since last 6 months it has increased three-fold which has made my life a hell lot difficult now whenever i write there is severe stiffness and pain in my neck and it extends up to upper back not lumbar as well pain in my shoulder blade ,i am unable to sleep due to this and 7 months ago i had fallen down on the ground..................i am very confused first of all please explain me what does my mri scans reveals and how can it be cured ....................thanks in advance

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      had my MRI scan so please help me to interpret and cure my spinal disorder accordingly?

      i am a 17 year old boy, height 5 ft 9 inches ,weight - 52 kg , my MRI scan reports says following: all cervical discs appear desiccated ,C4-5 disc shows small right posterior paracentral protrusion and C5-6 disc shows small posterocentral protrusion causing mild extra dural compression over ventral aspect of thecal sac ................so what does that means?????????????? my medical history is as under: i have severe cervical and neck pain due to my poor postural activities like excess bending while writing ,watching tv in laid down position etc so i had mild pain since 3 years but since last 6 months it has increased three-fold which has made my life a hell lot difficult now whenever i write there is severe stiffness and pain in my neck and it extends upto upper back not lumbar as well pain in my shoulder blade ,i am unable to sleep due to this and 7 months ago i had fallen down on the ground..................i am very confused first of all please explain me what does my mri scans reveals and how can it be cured ....................thanks in advance

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      DebThom 4 years ago

      Besides moderate lumbar disc degeneration and prominent facet arthropathy over mid and distal levels, the current MRI found a large medially projecting synovial cyst arising from the left facet joint at L4-L5. This affects the descendng leftward nerve roots within the subarticular space and lateral recess.

      I am told that there are options for either removing the cyst, aspirating the cyst or removing the cyst and (I don't know the name of the surgery) rebuilding the L4-L5 discs and placing 2 screws to hold it all in place. The doc is not sure about the pain and foot dragging that I experience being from the synovial cyst. I just don't know how to make decisions about this. I've not seen any posts being about synovial cyst problems. Does anyone have experience with this?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi jt, I had exactly the same problem you describe and had surgery two years ago at 36, the first was a discectomy that immediately prolapsed and the second a spinal fusion, I still have ongoing back and neuropathic pain, and ongoing treatments, good luck

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree same for me

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Find another doctor

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I also had fusion l4 l5 , severe left low pain in back numbness left leg pain and left fooalways numb.new mri show a lot of problems worse than original injury. Its been almost five years and pain is horrible.no relief from narcotics, nerve meds, or muscle relaxers.all on left side.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: if your numbness and pain is isolated to one side only then it may be a nerve issue. if u still don't want any kind of surgery, your taking the wrong meds. pain pills don't work on nerve problems. you need a prescription on Neurontin or something like that for the nerve pain. and you need to take an inflammatory as simple as ibuprofen for the inflammation of the nerve.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Judith, when you speak of repeated strains, would a high jumper fall into this category? I have been diag w DD L4:5. Im 50 and high jumped in hs and college. For last 5-10 yrs I had different issues w back. thks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Could you share the food piece with me? I've been diag w/ DD and want to make sure im eating right.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: All above post - thks !. I was just diagnosed with desiccation in L4-L5. I was thinking bout the SHOT but after reading your posts am against it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Of course she must see him three times weekly. Her neck is bending the wrong way. And he has to pay his rent.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Disc tear will become a problem-sorry! Get someone good to evaluate it now before it tears further. Just my opinion.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: After reading your summary again I couldn't help but notice you stated you went to every type of doctor but no mention of an xray of the cervical spine until the chiropractor. This seems odd that no other doctor, especially a neurologist, orthpaedic specialist, or neurosurgeon would not have immediately ordered xrays and an mri. This is standard protocol. Have you taken your little girl to one of these specialty doctors? What part of the country are you located in?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My guess is it means multiple diskectomies are in your future. Try to stay off opiods because they are the fast lane to worse problems. Your pain will also increase as time goes on with the fissure.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm somewhat concerned to hear of a thirteen year old with disc desiccation. I am also concerned when a chiropractor maked the "problem diagnosis." I am not a doctor however so my comments should reflect that. I have had six spine fusions with instrimintation. I have been to the very, very best Neurosurgeons in THE WORLD, as I come from a wealthy family. If possible, I would try to take your daughter to see Dr. Michael Kaiser. The last I heard, when he totally rebuilt my shattered lumbar and cervical spine, He was at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC just off of the GW Bridge. I'm not discounting the Mayo Clinic, or Johns Hopkins as our family name is on all of the buildings, however, it was Dr. Kaiser who knew how to make me walk again. I look at results and Dr. Kaiser was without question the best Neurosurgeon I have ever visited. I have been to the Chiefs of Neorosurgery at Mayo-Rochester, Hopkins-Baltimore, Miami's finest (Stay the heck away) Naples finest (don't take your dog there). Take your little girl to see Dr. Kaiser. That is exactly where I am sending my father NOW and I would without hesitation send my twelve year old there should he have a similar situation. Best of luck to you and your little gem.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I would suggest seeking the help of a PT that uses the McKinze method. I have 3 bulging discs, and one herniated that is pushing my nerve onto bone spurs at times. The McKinze method is teaching me a lot and is really helping me manage my condition. This combined with mild medication after a epidural is controlling my pain from nerve aggravation and severe muscle spasms, and arm tingling and numbness.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Ken, I'd be interested to know what progress you've made? I had an L5-S1 discectomy 8 weeks ago. I wasn't improving as hoped so they did another MRI last week. The results pretty much exactly match yours but mine is a reherniation at L5-S1. Mild spondylosis and disc dessication and mild prolapse at L4-L5. I was wondering what treatment they suggested for you? I'm 38 and just want to get my active life back as quickly as possible.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi my daughter is 13 years old and was just diagnost with disc disaccation threw C1-C5. Also she has had a headache for seven months straight the doctors said she had " New Daily Percitent Headache." She has seen every kind of doctor there is i mean we have tried eastern and western medicine and nothing has worked. Until we went to this chiropractor he took X-Rays and ten minutes later he came and told us what was wrong she had mild degenerative disc disease and her neck is bending the wrong way so she has to see him three to four times a week to get adjusted . Now we are just waiting to see what her treatment will be.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: hopefully you haven't suffered with it until this date, go to a pain management doctor. They can/will work with other doctors if something can be done. My opinion is if u don't get help with the pain, u get hypersensitivity (been there, regetted doing that!)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Originally diagnosed at 19 via mri with spinal stenosis, congenitally short pedicles, diffuse annular bulging, desiccation of disc material at L3-4 and L4-5, I'm now 25 and got in an accident.

      I did PT for several months but then the pain became so unbearable and I could barely stand up, it was the worst feeling I've ever had in my life. I chose to have the epidural injection and so far it has helped immensely.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for this it was very interesting, and gives me insite into my back pain . I also have hamstring tendernosis of my right and left legs as well as desiccation of L 4-5 which showed up on the MRI. I am learning to exercise and manage these complaints,

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Okay so I was involved in an auto accident and got the mri report back. My ortho and pain management physician set me up with physical therapy and scheduled me for a epidural injection in about a week, Also seeing a Chiropractor as well for my treatment.

      mri reports states

      disk desiccation at L3-L4 level with annular fissure in the posterior aspect of disk.Posterior left posterolateral disk/endplate osteophyte complex, which at its max on the far left side measures 7mm and is causing pressure to thecal sac and encroaching into left neural foraman with marked narrowing to the left and right neural foramen.

      Mild degree of central stenosis at L4-L5 secondary to combination of hypertrophic changes at facet joints bilaterally as well as 3.5 mm broad based posterior disk/endplate osteophyte complex causing pressure over thecal sac and into both neural foramnia Pressure over L5 nerve root and into both neural foramnia

      marked degree of central stenosis at L5 S1 level with hypertrophic change at facet joints with 6mm posterior disk protrusion causing pressure to thecal sac as well as both s1 nerve roots

      I would've summarized it but honestly have no clue what the report states. If anyone can help me understand what the report states it will be greatly appreciated.

      thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great little review!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The video was really helpful and particularly the information relating to prevention and maintenance...thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      24 yr old female

      L4-L5 desiccation and 4mm bulge, tear in disc, moderate arthropathy, moderate spinal stenosis and impingement on nerves

      L5-S1 desiccation and 3mm bulge, moderate arthropathy and impingement on nerves, central canal narrowing

      Only doing Chiropractic care, slowly getting better

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is it time for surgery? My diagnosis is Multilevel spondylotic changes. The dominant finding is a left para central disc extrusion at L4-5 deflecting the left L5 root and resulting in moderate to severe central canal stenosis.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Joe Rowe, to me the value to your post is golden. I've been fighting with my pain doc for 2 years because I refuse to let him touch me with that needle. So I take Tramadol 3x a day, however I just got back from family doc appt to review new MRI and he's telling me I need surgery. I know, I am 100% against surgery but my entire foot and part of my leg is completely numb and getting worse. And there's a lot more, I haven't even read the other 75% of the report. Anyhow, no matter what, I will NOT let anyone inject foreign material into my spine! And thanks a million for telling others like it is, I hope they listen.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: how old is your son? And what does he do?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I am 56 with L5S1 smail anular fissure focal disc bulge L3/4 L4/5minor disc bulge mild osteo facet jointsL5/S1 same thing plus causing

      indentation of the thecal sac the disc has just come into contact with the nerve rught S1. I,ve had 5 weeks of work and really don,t feel much better, i take osteo eze, fish oil glucosamene, nurafin plus, and roll in flexal, have had physio, hydro therapy stretches 6 times a day, haven,t tried a chiro that may be my next option

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: KRITI PLS CALL ME 09327464448

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ive just been diagnosed with grade 1 anterolisthesis of L3 on L4 with sub adjacent bulging disc and disc desiccation and disc space narrowing and multi level Hypertrophifc facet arthopathy

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have desiccation L-3-S1, bulging in L3-5. i have had 2 injections before due to AVN in both hips (had left hip replaced). one was effective 1 mo, the other 2 days. surgery is really not an option due to the success rate. i have increased radiotracer uptake in bilateral wrists (carpal tunnel), bilateral knees, bilateral hips, lower lumbar spine and bilateral shoulder joints reflect degenerative change. any hope? any thoughts?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have had a mri scan after seeing my doctor about sevre pain in my left leg and lower back. the results of the mri are as follows. mild spondylosis, disc desiccation and a left lateral posterior prolapse at L5-S1 compressing the left S1 nerve root. my doctor has put me on zomorph capsules, gabapentin and oramorph liquid for the pain. now i am waiting to see the specialist surgical team. can anyone tell me what lies in store for me ?. what an operation would entail

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am 34 years old male person and serving in CBI as Inspector.

      I have got done MRI L.S. Spine on 02.09.2012. The findings of the said MRI reads as under:-

      Disc desiccation with diffuse disc bulge is noted at L4-5 level. Mild facet joint arthropathy is also note causing narrowing of bilateral lateral recess and neural foramina.

      Pre and paravertebral regions are normal.

      Visualized spinal cord is normal in morphology and signal intensity.

      Please help me to get out from this problem.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Lisa, it is your back..get an MRI and you will see...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Folks - If you have disc herniation, it is realllllly NOT worth suffering the pain. I had three surgeries .. one in 1996, and one in 2008 and one just four weeks ago... ok.you say..why three, that is because I was stupid and forgot that I had a surgery both the second time and specially the one that sent me to surgery again in August... at anyrate, the disc herniation surgery is the best you can do for yourself to take the pain away (almost entirely) and get back with your life...BUT The rule is that you take care of your body after it..work out, lose weight, strengthen your core muscles..and you will be golden..No need to suffer ! I would have as many as I can (god forbid if it happens again), until I have to do a more drastic option of replacing an entire disc or two... GOOD LUCK.. I have felt your pain - and I know what you are going thru..go have a surgery. ...therapy, chairo, injection, medication..help little with very bad side effects...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Kate, I have L4, L5/ S1 ruptured discs and spinal stenosis. My discs protruded into my spinal column at 19mm. Dropped foot, immense pain, unable to walk on my left leg for longer than 3 mins, and with a very noticeable limp. They urged spinal operation immediately, or risk permanent paralysis. I refused, I don't recommend this to anyone, and went to a chiropractor with muscoskeletal background. Eastern medicines Dr also wld acupuncture. I took metagenics brand for pain and inflammation, namely Kaprax, Infavanoid & Glucosamine.( look these up)

      That was in late May. Now, pain minimal, walking for hours (that's the big recommendation- walk), inversion table, pool therapy, drink lots of water, take spirilina, and Dr Mercola whey protein (this helps with healing the dessication of my vertebrae), meditation. Ensure you don't sit for longer than 20mins at a time. And sit straight. Also, don't twist. I do no strengthening or stretching, yet. No listing or reaching for anytjing. Even getting into a car i ensure i don't twist. They want it to be relaxed and for inflammation to go down. My 2nd MRI shows no spinal stenosis, but the discs are still protruding. It apparently takes time, but get the pain and inflammation under control 1st with the metagenics brand.

      This has only been my advice.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Sorry. Disagree. Same boat. Had surgery a year ago. Woke up in recoveey 10 time worse. Too much scar tissue around nerve. Now massive pain down entire left side of body and foot. Disabled for life. Has ruined. My life and marriage. Will never work again. Don't do it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Terrible application of traction method. Is been documented people have been in more pain after treatments due to the over stretching of lumbar region. Leads to Lordosis which destabilizes the spine.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @BuySpells: BuySpells, before you get any epidural steroid injections for your spine, please know that doing so WILL cause you severe neurological damage to your spinal cord and nerve roots. I have received at least 21 over 16 years and many times the Drs. needle punctured my spinal cord. As a result I now have an untreatable spinal cord disease that leaves me in constant severe pain everyday for the past 4 years. I have a 17 year of back, disc herniations,etc. and now it has moved into my neck and causing severe headaches,arm and hand pain. Steroidal injections are for knees, hips and joints. The box the steroids come in say NOT TO BE USED INTRATHECALLY OR AROUND SPINAL CORD. However the FDA continues to allow this treacherous practice to go on without proof and the so called INFORMED CONSENT is B.S. please proceed cautiously. I'm almost 50 and will soon be in a wheelchair.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      please add....I am currently seeing massage therapy 3 times weekly, but for right now, she is working on lower back in glut area, My Dr won't give me anything for pain, & I'm about had it. The pain is extreme, Been to PT already. Please help me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am 53. I have disc desiccation @ L1-2, L2-3 with left posterior lateral disc bulge which results in @ least moderate left neural foraminal narrowing & encroachment on the exiting L2 nerve root and minimal to right side as well small disc bulge & mild facet hypertrophy. Disc desiccation L3-4 with small disc bulges bil. L5-S1mild posterior disc bulge with more focal right posterior lateral widemouth disc potrusion. Moderate right neural foraminal narrowing & moderate encroachment exiting distal right foramial & extra foraminal L5 nerve root. I also have a L5 vertebral body hemangioma, which is new & not present @ birth.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If you have spinal stenosis with compression of the nerve, you need to act quickly to get the pressure of of the nerve as you are doing more damage on a daily basis. If you have tried steroids such as prednisone and physical therapy and you have not gotten correction of the problem, then it must be fixed surgically. You will eventually have pain in addition to the numbness. The big issue is that nerves don't heal like most other parts of our body. You may get some slight improvement with surgery, but you will not know the full extent of improvement for a year or two. There may be no additional improvement, but you will stop further damage and more pain in the future. If you feel you need a second opinion prior to surgery, then absolutely get it, but don't wait on this for long. Move forward and do what you have to do as most likely it will only get worse with time and aging.

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      BuySpells 5 years ago

      A few weeks ago I got my 2nd set of MRI results. I have already had injections into the back, and radio frequency ablation over the past 2 years. I have joined a swimming pool and been exercising and working with an osteo and had physio. Worked hard on recovering. I have 3 discs in my lumbar that are nearly black and all are torn. The next disc up, the 4th disc is starting to discolour. At the top of my back I have another 2 bulging disc. I have to say I am now finding it difficult to cope. On numerous drugs everyday and I am in my early 30's. My surgeon said he is going to do the injections again, send me to a clinical physcologist (which made me think that he thinks its in my head!) He is hoping this will work or its going to need the big operation.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: hi, jayson, I am experiencing the same problem with yours and I just got the MRI result. Im 39 years old male, and was wondring if you found a solution that you can share with me, thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi J, I have exactly the same thing. What treatment did you get and did it improve at all ?

      Thanks

      Phil

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      L4 L5 Disc Dessication & posterior disc Bulges, soft tissue spinal canal narrowing with bilateral nerve route compression - Age 30 Years my son-in-law

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Check out Dr Centeno & Dr Schultz @ Centeno Schlutz clinic in Broomfield Colorado www.regenexx.com . I have had over last three years just 2 sets of injections for bulging disc and pinched nerves (which have led to atrophied left thigh) It wasn't madly expensive too. $500 for the special material made from my own blood + my insurance picked up the cost of the office visit. Very happy + NO SURGERY!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am 65, I have a L5-S1 disc desiccation with a right paracentral and subarticular zone 4.4mm disc protrusion contacting the traversing right S1 nerves. There is associated neural foraminal narrowing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my son has a desiccated discs..pls.help me what will i do???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. Im experiencing this right now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am a 59 yo male with marked decrease in T1 and decreased in T-2 endplate changes also have L1-L2 right paracentral disc protusion with minimal narrowing of the lateral recesses. Same with all the others except L3-L4 shows broad based disc bulge and bilateral facet hypertrophy Severe bi lateral neural foraminimal narrowing. L4-L5 is post operative (about 15 years) bi lateral cage fusion. This was job related, what can I or what should I do. I am currently on pain medication regiment with Fentenyl 100mg.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: my daughter was diagnosed at 17 with osteoarthritis ,then at 20 yrs with anklosing spondylitis, another arthritis,she saw a rheumatologist and began embrel, then remicade infusions to try to stop progression of disease.she is now 25 yrs and has moved back to hometown , but has not seen a doctor yet . what i am getting at is ,have you seen a rheumatologist?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Very True!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Have you looked into the DRX9000? It is non invasive spinal decompression. Works wonders for bulging and herniated discs.

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      David Dove 6 years ago

      great resource, thank you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am 27 year old asian woman. i got MRI of LUMBo SACRAL SPINE and it Reads: -

      spinal canal is capacious

      desiccated disk is noted at l4/5 level

      mild diffuse diskal bulge at l4/5 level, effacing the anterior epidural fat & contoruing the thecal sac.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am a 49 year old Asian woman and my MRI on the slipped disc described "Large posterocentral protrusion with left paracentral extrusion at L5-S1 causing severe spinal canal stenosis and compression of the left S1 nerve root and in contact with the right S1 nerve root". I am not in pain but is suffering mild numbness on the left leg which causes me to limp a little. The surgeon has advised a keyhole surgery. I beg to differ as I think it is too drastic. Please advise that there is alternative treatment to allow me to walk normally. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am a 25 yoear old female and i was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease at 18. Who would have thought I have sought all the treatments above except surgery. I have several herniated discs bacause of my comdition. Is there any other alternitive. Again Im only 25 i don't want to have surgery.