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Disc Dessication at Young Ge

Jen87JJen87 Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello my name is Ash id like to share my MRI results with you in need of your help to further analyze this condition , i was feeling slight pain in my lower back so i thought i have an MRI done to check what maybe the problem, im only 23 and have not attained any trauma injuries and im in perfect health with a good family history clear of any significant diseases or spine problems....the MRI results came back and honestly are worrying me on what am i supposed to do or reply with these results , the diagnosis came as disc dessication at L5-S1 level.

My question to you kindly is should i respond to these results in any way , im not obese nor have any problems of the sort, so im puzzled on to why this has occured with me and how i should react and the other issue is im planning on joining the army in 2 years time , so would this stand in my way and if it does is there a way to get it cured and thank you and God Bless you all


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    Early marginal osteophytes are seen on lumbar vertebral bodies
    Disc dessication is seen involving L5-S1 disc with posterocentral disc protrusion causing indentation over thecal sac, moderate effacement of bilateral lateral recesses , however canal dimensions are within normal limit
  • please any comment onto this issue will be helpful
  • The only time I have seen a dessicated disc rehydrate, was a radical surgery in Germany a few years back. The surgeon "scraped" the endplates of the vertebrates and the subsequent MRI shows the once black disc, now bright white.

    In the future, it is hoped advances in cellular biomed will offer a solution.

    Other than that, discs do not rehydrate.

    Since there is some abnormal pathology occurring, maybe that is causing the symptoms. ? It could be anything.
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • thank you , much appreciated ...ill follow the results with an ortho and neuro surgeon im just worried why this is occuring at such a young age, ive read into some of the causes of a disc drying out and i have non of the problems or causes to it ...again thanks for your remarks
  • Just hazarding a guess here - please have your films examined by a radiologist and orthopedist or NS...There appears to be a transitional lumbosacral segment below, that sometimes makes the level above more prone to early degenerative disc disease.
  • i do not wanna hijack your thread but it seem like we have similar cases, i had a discography in 2007 that revealed degenerative joint disease, and disc disease. very mild at that point. light pain. shortly thereafter, i joined the military, and did great. but the constant pounding on my spine took its toll. so make sure you take all precautions and see as many doctors as possible before you join. get as many opinions as you can. and get their opinion on the idea of the army. Good luck
  • I am not sure what your results mean but can sympathize that these things can happen at a young age for no reason. I started having bulging discs and muscle spasms at age 20. My first MRI was this year (9 yrs later) after I herniated my L5S1 this spring (just had surgery today) and they also diagnosed me with degenerative disc disease is three discs. NS said it could have been from being very active at a young age, playing sports etc. who knows. I am only 29 now and now that maturity has set in and realize I am not immortal, hehe, will do what it takes to have a healthy back here on out :)

    Maybe your doctor can help you understand how to not make it progressively worse (stretching learned through PT, yoga etc)

    good luck to you!
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