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Does anybody else got a extra vertabrae?

Eric.SEEric.S Posts: 220
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I found out this when I had my laminectomy, I have a extra vertabrae in my back, its not uncommon. My new doc was saying my L4-L5 was bad and I was like isn't it where I had the laminectomy and he said yes, I was like thats L5-S1, because of my former doctors told me. I'm just a patient I don't know anything. lol. Anyway he looked at my X-rays then and "What do you know, you do have a extra vertabrae". L4-L5 became L5-S1 again to my relief. I thought i had 2 bad discs for a second.

Also he made real sure on the date of the surgery to mark where he was going to operate.

Anybody else got a extra vertabrae? ;)


  • Yep, I do. The chiropractor pointed it out to me, it's in the lumbar area as well. I looked it up, I guess it's not uncommon, though she made me feel like I should grab some big red hair and join the circus LOL!
  • I was told that I have an extra vertabrae in the lumbar area as well. The spine specialist that did my first discogram pointed it out to me and told me that it isn't unusual.
  • My mum had an extra vertebrae. It really confused the chiropractor that found it. Mind you I must come from a freaky family as I had an extra rib and riblet on my C7 vertebrae. Unforunately it trapped a nerve to my arm and I lost all sensation and most of my fine motor control so it had to come out. As great a reason as any why you shouldn't carry heavy textbooks in a bag on one shoulder.
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