Osteoarthritis back discs

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Avatar n tn This means that the disc which usually bulges backwad when is displaced is pushing the spinal cord back(but doe not sound like it is compressing it)." Do you mean by the above that spinal cord at c5/6 instead of being pushed and compressed (in the wrong direction) it is being pushed naturally backward to its normal position? 3.
429700 tn?1308011423 It would probably aggravte any flares for awhile, as I still have a lot of residual pain in my neck and shoulders. However, I have more bulging discs and DDD also. Good luck. Bulging discs CAN heal on their own, especially if caused by an accident or injury. If caused by degeneration, osteoarthritis etc., not so much. Make sure you have an excellent neuro-surgeon if you do the surgery.
Avatar n tn X-rays show spurs on discs 1 & 2 and discs 6 & 7. Also degeneration between same discs shows on the X-rays. I experience pain, especially in the 2 areas that lead to neck and headaches. What other areas of my body does this affect? I do on occasion experience numbness and tingling in both hands and fingers, but will stop when massaged. So, I am looking for other symptoms in my body resulting from the spurs touching nerves in both areas. Thank you. John.
Avatar f tn I have been to see a neurosurgeon yesterday as my lower back pain is torture. I cannot stand or walk for more than 10mins. The surgeon has recommended burning the nerves associated with the last 2 discs. Is any other option. I have already had injections L4/5 with no effect. I have osteoarthritis.
1459410 tn?1285698605 I just found this forum, though I've been a member of the chronic pain forum for months now. I developed osteoarthritis young. I can remember back to my twenties and feeling it on and off, though it was mild. My mom was debilitated by it and on my dad's side, I had two aunts crippled by it. I'm 48 now and have it in my hands, hips, knee, back and ankle. The worst is my hand. I won't go into too much detail as it's a very long story but I think I have the details in my profile.
Avatar n tn Now all of the sudden I'm riddled with arthritis, and the degeneration is compressing discs and nerves. My Orthopedist seems to feel that the arthritis is not related to the wreck. It's my understanding that trauma to any joints can lead to the onset of arthritis. I have never had the kind of problems I'm having until after the accident. Furthermore, he does not feel it necessary to do any further testing to rule out underlying causes. My doctor is generally a bright guy.
Avatar f tn I am still having major pain, and found out that the discs right above and below the fusion have DDD and Osteoarthritis. Is is common to have this happen this early after a fusion from use of the back? I am currently going thru nerve degeneration injections as an alternative to narcotics (was on morphine before)...and does anyone know if these things really work for a year or two? What other options to surgery on these others do I have to deal with the pain?
Avatar n tn My rheumatologist and everything I have researched, says lupus does not affect the spine. I had MRI and it shows osteoarthritis in lower back. However, this does seem to be a common problem with people who have lupus and I don't know why. As for exercising, I can only suggest walking and light resistance training on days when you have energy and are pain free. The resistance training is such a benefit for our bone density.
Avatar m tn I have mid upper back pain on both sides of my back with neck and shoulder pain. Back pain is approximately along the edge of my scapulas. Pain Management believes back pain is caused by rib inflammation and is treating it with DEPOMEDROL shots once a month. I am taken Tramadol and Zanaflex which gives minor relief.. My concern is the pain on my right side will coincide with spasms in my esophogus area( middle chest pain). I have had this for over a year.
Avatar m tn 54yr old female,have had this chronic lower back pain that radiates to hip area.I do have arthritis in lower back and hip,but the meds for it does nothing.I stretch every night before bed and every morning before getting out to no avail.I look like I'm 90 yrs old after a pain full ten minutes of trying to get out of bed.I have to inhale to stand up straight(omg the pain) but once I pee and get into kitchen for coffee I'm fine.The only doctor I haven't seen is a nerve doctor.
387767 tn?1345875627 I never had an MRI on my low back, just the cervical and thoracic (mid back). I have 2 herniated discs in my neck, but that doesn't even bother me as much as this low back/butt pain. In the morning, I am so stiff and feel almost like I can't straighten up, then it lessens up a bit, but if I do anything, comes back horrible. And it's bad at night. Honestly, I really dread another MRI or orthopedic visit. I am very claustrophobic and have a terrible time with those MRI's.
Avatar f tn I have been diagnosed with buldging L3 - L5 disks with a bone spur. I also have osteoarthritis in back and both hips. I was diagnosed by an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specializes in spinal treatments. I began an excercise routine and found the pain too great to excercise. I have had MRI w/contrast and spinal X-rays. I was told to start with steroid epidural shots to the L4-L5 area. I have had first shot.
Avatar n tn but I am getting closer to surgery and was wondering if anyone had lower back/leg pain from Chiari that was relieved from decompression surgery? I just have not seen too many people that have it. I do not have a syrnix or tethered cord. I could possibly have spinal stenosis in the lumbar spine, because I have it in my t-spine and c-spine. I am having decompression in a couple weeks, and so hoping that it fixes it.
Avatar n tn Hello, My husband has been having middle and lower back pain for years now. He was in a car accident over 9 years ago and slipped three discs. He had pain when I met him 7 years ago and it's been gradually getting worse to the point where it affects all his everyday activities. It's hard for him to get out of bed in the morning. He can't stand still for too long and we can't enjoy vacations or trips because it hurts too much. He can't drive for hours due to the pain.
14993501 tn?1437776467 Hi everyone! I am a 43 year old female who started experiencing a very tight back after my workouts last summer, I would experience them after my workout as I tried to cool down and just walk and I would have to bend over and stretch my back. I didn't think much of it but it tended to come and go and I could still use elliptical machines and run but it only presented the problem when I would stand for long periods or walk more than half a mile or so.
Avatar m tn Often DDD is associated with an osteoarthritis of the facet joints, a condition called spondylosis, which can be painful, not from the discs, but from these joints. The pain of facet syndrome can be treated with interventional pain management techniques. Have you consulted with an interventional pain specialist? Have your doctors explained why the injections may no longer be working? Are your doctors suggesting other treatment options?
Avatar f tn An obus form (or folded towel) to give you better lower back support while sitting in chairs and carseats may help you in the daytime. So long as you don't overtire your back, walking may be good for it (but do avoid getting the back muscles tired else that might set your progress back considerably). If the back muscle spasms are causing the vertebrae to pinch the nerves leading to the legs, that certainly will cause leg pain.
1318375 tn?1274324381 Please someone help! I've been having pain in my neck, back, shoulder and arm for about 9 months now. I've been in pain management after MRI results came back showing I have 3 mild bulging discs in my cervical spine. I also have a herniated disc in my thoracic spine. I've had many steroid injections, nerve blocks, and even a radio frequency procedure (which was not fun). I've had mild relief from the procedures but it's always back within 3 weeks or so.
539478 tn?1296624612 I've seen two local neurosurgeons for my thoracic spine complications as well as to Vanderbilt University for a specialist in that area. I've learned a little bit from every doctor I've seen till I've pieced most of the puzzle pieces together. So I have a total of 7 herniated discs with the worst ones being in the thoracic spine (4 of them there) and two are extremely bad at t4-t5 & t7-t8 (extruded into spinal canal & deforming thecal sac).
Avatar n tn The MRI does not show structural problems with the spinal discs, and the discs are unlikely to be causing the back pain. Things like physical therapy or trigger point injections may be helpful at this time, to help with the surrounding muscle spasm or inflammation. Unfortunately, there is no indication for surgery, and it would be unlikely to be helpful given the MRI reports. Although possible, it would also be unlikely that gas would be connected to the back pain.
Avatar f tn I am 31 years old and I have a ruptured disc at L4-L5 along with osteoarthritis and bone spurs at that level. I also have a bulging disc at L5-S1. Both degenerated discs are pushing up against the nerve roots. Surgery has been proposed by at least one of my doctors, while my other two doctors stated that any surgeon would perform a two level fusion but we all agreed that conservative treatments should be exhausted first. I would get a second opinion.
Avatar n tn Chronic lower back pain usually has a more insidious onset, occurring over a long period of time. Physical causes may include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae, or a spinal disc herniation, a vertebral fracture I hope this helps. Take care and keep us posted.
Avatar n tn I feel like I am reading myself. I have the same problems with my back. I am unable to stand or walk for no more than a minute or two. I have been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease & Osteoarthritis. I have 2 discs in my back that are completely dried out. Absolutely no fluid. So it is just vertebrae on vertebrae. Because of my weight i feel like my dr's wont help me. But please tell me if I am in constant ppain and unable to get around how am i suppose to lose weight??
Avatar n tn , kidney dr said he didn't feel it was anything to worry about at this time, also showed 2 cysts on Left ovary that have since cleared and so has the side pain, assumed to be from cysts.
Avatar f tn It tools a year and a half to find out that I had a annular tear and bulging in between L4 and L5 disks in my back. I had to quit being a CNA due to enormous amounts of pain. I got a lawyer and settled for some money to help....though u can't put an amount on being pain the rest of your life. Over the last 6 months the pain has gotten worse. I've had 3 injections and have tried the following drugs: gabapentin, lyrica, Cymbalta, amnitripaline, and naproxen 500. Nome of these provide relief.
Avatar n tn That supposedly was why I was experiencing all the stabbing pain. I also have severe degeneration of the discs of my back. The acute pain has sort of disappeared and now it is a more subtle pain that is located more in the groin area of the hip. I take baby steps and have limited mobility in my right hip and feel a stiffness in my lower back as well. It has really slowed me down and I'm totally depressed because I don't want to live with this pain.
Avatar n tn I was seeing a physical therapist who specialized in the McKenzie method, which I do believe helps with lower back problems, herniated discs, etc. It did help some of my back troubles. Check out his book if you suffer from disc problems in lower back or neck. It really fixed my herniated disc in my neck.
Avatar n tn I would be anything from schoolwork, to internet browsing, to watching tv, to eating, to even just laying down in the dark and I would get these intense sharp pains on the back of my head behind my right ear. This pain only occurs in this location and it comes and goes. At first the pains were simply a nuesance as they would come and go and weren't that bad, but lately they're getting worse causing me to stop what I'm doing until they go away.
1448748 tn?1312959808 I also have degenerative disc disease 2 bulging discs in my lower lumber and a herniated disc at c5-c6 with minimal facet atropathy in my lower lumbar. For those of you who don't know what Chiari 1 malformation is, I have found the shortest definition I could find. Arnold–Chiari malformation, or often simply Chiari malformation, is a malformation of the brain.
Avatar f tn I'm 20 years old and have been told that I have got degenerative discs with instability of my lower spine and a suspected herniated/slipped disc. I have had this back problem since I was 17 and have been put on a course of physiotherapy to try and strengthen my spine but am finding it difficult and painful at times. I have been told that the only surgical option is a fusion to stabilise my spine. I have been told by loads of people that a fusion at my young age is not advisable.