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Discs are Dessicated?

Sunny greetings from Kenya! As in Kenya (and especially on the coast) is lack of spine professionals I would like to as regarding of my MRI results which really worries me. It says: Cervical muscle spasm C2/3 and C4/5 postero-central annulus bulges indenting anterior thecal sac. Discs are dessicated I have had MRI also one year ago, which that time said: Flattering of normal cervical curve noted suggestive of muscle spasm Left C4/5 paracentral posterior disc herniation noted compressing anterior thecal sac and related left exit nerve root So I guess my spine is getting worse? Why are my di

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Desiccated Disc - Disc Diseases - Disc Diseases | Information ...

Disc desiccation refers to the drying out of your inter-vertebral discs. These discs act as cushions for the vertebrae (bones) in your spine. They have a tough outer ...
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Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosis - Spine-health

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease Diagnosis; ... such as disc desiccation (meaning that discs are blacker on a scan because they do not have as much water as a healthy ...
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The Cause & Treatment of Desiccated Discs | hubpages

When the discs in your spine lose fluid, it's a symptom of degenerative disc disease. Here are the causes and treatment.
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Disc desiccation | Radiology Reference Article - Radiopaedia

Disc desiccation is an extremely common degenerative change of intervertebral discs. The incidence climbs with age, and to a large degree a gradual desiccation is a ...
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What is a desiccated disc -

Found this answer for you. Disc dessication is a common finding on MRI, although it is considered a positive finding. In other words, the discs.
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Cervical Disc Desiccation - Neck Pain

Cervical disc desiccation is typically diagnosed as disc disease, although this is usually an innocent and asymptomatic condition associated with aging.
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Disc Desiccation - Herniated-Disc-Pain.Org

Disc desiccation is defined as the drying out and shrinking of the intervertebral disc structures, a completely normal part of aging.
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What is the definition of disc desiccation? |

The definition of disc desiccation is a degenerative disc disease that occurs when the fluid between spinal discs dries out. When the protein-like substance that ...
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Disc Desiccation - Cure-Back-Pain.Org

Disc desiccation is an expected process of dehydration and degeneration that all adults suffer to one degree or another in their spines.
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Degenerative Disc Disease - UCLA Neurosurgery, Los Angeles, CA

Degenerative Disc Disease: Degeneration of the discs particularly in the moving sections of the spine (cervical and lumbar levels) is a natural process of aging
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Newbie in constant pain

I have a very very similar MRI Report on my spine.  In the lumbar section it notes "Prominent Schmoral's Nodes".  Can you or anyone else please tell me what Schmoral's Nodes are?  The Doctor didn't explain that to me and since then I can find No information on the internet or from my family physician about them.  Please anyone reply to ***@****
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Discs are Dessicated?

Hi there! Well, the changes that were observed at a single level at the earlier level have developed at another level as well in the second MRI with possible associated inflammation causing muscle spasm and straightening of the spine. Disc dessication is a process that occurs with aging or prematurely with a few associations. The changes described in the MRI seem to be moderate and do not signify immediate danger to the spine. Management in most cases would be conservative with rest for a few days followed by physiotherapy to strengthen the neck muscles; while OTC NSAIDS may be helpful for pain relief. If conservative management does not seem to help over the next few months, alternative management may be indicated. It would be best to consult an orthopedician or a neurologist for suggestion of an appropriate management plan. Hope this is helpful. Take care!
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what does this mean

Hi...not being a Dr I can not tell u too much either, but I can tell u from experience that if u were in a MVA and have loss of the curve to the cervical lordosis it could be whip lash. The muscles can twist and pull the lordosis to a straight position and many times PT can be successful for this. Some of the other issues mentioned could be a result of the MVA and/or can be the result of natural aging.....I would venture at ur age most of this is from the accident, but I had some disk issues at about ur age as well, but I also was in a MVA...... Talk with ur dr and post an update : )    "selma"
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MRI lumbar spine

bilateral foraminal stenosis is narrowing of the canal caused by nerve compression on both sides of the spine. Most patients with foraminal narrowing or bilateral foraminal narrowing do not experience continuous pain, but rather have pain when they assume certain positions or engage in certain activities. Constriction of the nerve roots leaving the spine in the foraminal canal is typically caused by bone spurs, a herniated or bulging disc, scar tissue, arthritis or ligament thickening. Foraminal Stenosis can also be caused by enlargement of a joint (the uncinate process) in the spinal canal.                         ( below for the protrusion).... dessication....extreme drying of the disc...drink LOTS of water to re-hydrate! facet hypertrophy.......arthritis or degeneration bulging...disc is slightly out of place protrusion...(same thing as bulging). but this area is where your disc is pressing on the nerve...which is the cause of your leg pain Spondylolisthesis is generally defined as an anterior or posterior slipping or displacement of one vertebra on another. (discs)
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herniated disc w/ cord compression

Those results do not sound positive. You should call your Dr. and tell him you are still in bad pain even with the 5/500 vicodin. Also your leg pain is not consistent with the MRI findings so that may be muscle pain which could resolve itself. Go and see a back/spinal surgeon as he/she would be doing the surgery. And make sure you bring the actual MRI films and not just the radiologist report as a reputable surgeon can read them better. If you are in the NYC area I can recommend someone. Good Luck
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help mri results

hi, I will tell you my experience, maybe it will help you. for 4-5 years I was haveing back pain, lower back, the past 2 years it was so bad I couldn't even put up a christmas tree. I remember sitting in the floor crying, and this past year, whatever the grandkids put on the tree, thats how it stayed.  I got an mri which showed protrusion of disk L4-L5 and some minor nerve problems. that is what they said. they gave me the epidural injections and that was a joke. after the surgery was over the surgen told my husband there was more damage than the MRI showed.  I understand the pain, it was unbearable. most of last summer I spent in bed. On Dec 20, 2007, I had a spinal fusion surgery. it was horriffic. the worst thing in my life, (part of the problem with it being such a bad experience was that I got put on fentanyl patches, which are 800x stronger than morphine, then had to go through withdrawals like an additic.)  I am not in much pain now, but its not all gone, a little viocoden once in awhile is all I am taking.  Its been 3 months now, but I am still VERY stiff and I have a very hard time walking for very long, I am wondering if I will ever be normal again. the drs will make you try everything else before surgery. it works, but it does NOT take away all the pain. and if you get a fusion, it puts more strain on other disks in your spine and makes more surgery later in life more possiable. I would not do it again unless I was so bad I had no quality in life left and I hope I don't ever have to go on the patch again. good luck to you, if you want to write me, you can at any time. CAT
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