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New member with DDD from C2-C3 all the way down to L5-S1, bone spur questions

Hello, I am a 61-year-old woman, with DDD and accompanying problems for 20+ years.

Highlights from latest MRI's:

Cervical spondylosis w/superimposed disc herniation. At C3-C4 moderate central extrusion which contacts anterior aspect of the cervical cord w/out significant central spinal stenosis.

Some large uncovertebral joint spurs at C4-C5 and C5-C6 resulting in significant foraminal stenosis.

Meanwhile, down the line:
T9 all the way to S1 have varying amount of disc bulge /protrusion in every space.

Inferior migrating paracentral disc herniation/free fragment. Extends inferiorly to the inferior aspect of the L5 vertebral body within the lateral recess of the right L5 nerve. Impinges on the right L5 nerve root. Bialteral inferior L4 foraminal stenosis.

Lower back pain waxed and waned for 10+ with great results from physical therapy and exercise. Then, eight years ago, I dug some shrubs out of my garden. Woke up the next day thinking I was having a stroke. Couldn't get up or turn over and my right leg went numb. Called life squad and went to the emergency room.

My introduction to sciatica was six months on a cane with pain and weakness to my right hip and permanent numbness in my right foot. Six weeks of therapy and time got me back on my feet but with permanent nerve damage to my hip and foot,
diagnosed by nerve testing done last year.

Since the sciatica, exercise and nsaids have helped me a great deal. Recently, increasing pain led me to a new spine doctor who gave me a new nsaid diclofenac 75mg twice a day and tramadol.

An MRI of my cervical spine uncovered large bone spurs and explained the daily pain down my shoulder blades and into my arms.

Other issues: complete tear of right rotator cuff, recently diagnosed diabetes, surgeries to remove bone spurs and reattach ligaments in right ankle and left shoulder.

Question: What processes are at work with my spine and other joints with the bone spurs? New spine doctor says it is an inherited inflammatory process. (Rhuematoid factor tests throughout my life have been normal.)

I keep reading that tendency toward bone spurs is not inherited. The new doctor says this is? What is this?


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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have some in my neck that cause pain. They tried to do a medial branch block(2 attempts), so I would have less pain, but it did not work.
    It was explained to me that once the spinal alignment is changed by disease or injury, you are more prone to spurring along the spine, not sure about the ankle, maybe an old injury.
    Because I am at the age where Calcium levels can change in a womens body, I take calcium supplements. I wonder if that can contribute. They told me no since I only take recommnded daily allowance
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