Do lumbar disks fuse on their own?

Do lumbar disks fuse on their own?

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Do lumbar disks fuse on their own?

I was diagnosed with scoliosis in my early teens, but have had no major issues until the last three years when I started having headaches, which were finally attributed to DDD in C5C6. It kind of resolved itself after a year or so of excruciating headaches and I have been pain free for the most part, for a few years. This week I fell coming into work (ice or water on the steps) and I am already having trouble with Workman’s Comp, but I finally was able to get her to write me out of work and to do an x-ray. She sent me back to teach in one of the most dangerous high schools in Philadelphia with pain so bad I could hardly stand and with restrictions that made teaching impossible -- things like no reaching above my head, no bending or twisting, no climbing stairs, and I was to stand, sit, and walk in thirty minute rotations. You would have thought I was stealing the crown jewels by forcing her to write me out. Enough bawling about that, I've had my wa wa now. On to the reason I am posting (lol, about time huh?) The Physicians Assistant I have to see said I had two fused lumbar discs? Now I have never had back surgery and have never heard of discs fusing on their own. Does anyone have any clue what she might be trying to say? I'm in excruciating pain and everyone is treating me like a criminal. I guess I better get used to it and keep squeaking as load as I can and quit caring what anyone thinks.

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discs themselves can't

discs themselves can't fuse.... they're not bone. the vertebra can fuse on their own, though, depending on what your physical issues are/were.

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Apparently, Yes

and the bad news is they can fuse in the wrong position, causing horrid pain. I can't imagine working during that pain. I hope you get some answers soon!

Take care,

Cheri

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Do Lumbar Discs fuse on their own

thestoryteller wrote:
I was diagnosed with scoliosis in my early teens, but have had no major issues until the last three years when I started having headaches, which were finally attributed to DDD in C5C6. It kind of resolved itself after a year or so of excruciating headaches and I have been pain free for the most part, for a few years. This week I fell coming into work (ice or water on the steps) and I am already having trouble with Workman’s Comp, but I finally was able to get her to write me out of work and to do an x-ray. She sent me back to teach in one of the most dangerous high schools in Philadelphia with pain so bad I could hardly stand and with restrictions that made teaching impossible -- things like no reaching above my head, no bending or twisting, no climbing stairs, and I was to stand, sit, and walk in thirty minute rotations. You would have thought I was stealing the crown jewels by forcing her to write me out. Enough bawling about that, I've had my wa wa now. On to the reason I am posting (lol, about time huh?) The Physicians Assistant I have to see said I had two fused lumbar discs? Now I have never had back surgery and have never heard of discs fusing on their own. Does anyone have any clue what she might be trying to say? I'm in excruciating pain and everyone is treating me like a criminal. I guess I better get used to it and keep squeaking as load as I can and quit caring what anyone thinks.

My NS told me that the Vertabrae,but not the Discs, can indeed fuse on their Own in Time,depending on your Problem.But they usually do not fuse in the correct way,causing a lot of severe Pain,which may have happened to you. Worried I would definitely ask for further diagnostic Evaluations like an MRI and also make an Appointment to see a NS a.s.a.p.
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fused discs

I too have scoliosis, it could not be corrected because I did not go to a doctor until I was 16 and we did not have the resources for treatment. After a C-section when I was 30 (3rd baby), my back "went out" after returning home from the hospital, I went to the ER and I was told by my doctors that I have discs in my lower back that have fused together. I was told this is common as you get older. I am 42, have had three children and back pain since I was 16. I was told that the cartilage in between the discs wears away as we get older and with activity ( I played sports and have been very active with my kids). I have also been in two car accidents as a teen and had whiplash .

Exercise and tight stomach muscles help with back pain. Also, stretching and yoga. I stretch every morning before I get up or else my back will hurt all day. Sometimes it still "goes out". I know if I work in my yard all day or have an extremely busy day that I will need to rest the next day.

It's important to take care of your body, don't over do it and don't take pain killers for the pain. Exercise and go see a doctor. I was told there was nothing that could be done because my cartilage is gone and the bones have already fused. I've just learned how to live with it and be thankful everything else is great with my life!

Good Luck.