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not sure where to put this but asking for help...

A bit of a back story I'm 22, in '99 I was in a car accident and me and my family started going to the chiropractor for treatment (not to sure on the details as I was about 9 years old) but I had an x-ray done there and they had told me I had Spina Bifida Occulta. Ever since then, I had back problems/pain (as well as others but I will get to that later). There was no real follow-up on it but after I got pregnant with my 2nd child the pain has worsened. So I went to a specialist in '08 (don't remember what kind) and he took more x-rays because he stated the x-ray from '99 was to blurry for him to make a real observation. The results of that x-ray stated "there is an anomaly of the spine, but nothing to cause pain." So they started sending me to physical therapy. Up until a year ago, I was on SSI and so I had not worked, but after I got taken off, I started working. As I have been working the pain has been steadily getting worse, so I again went to my doctor asking for answers. They had done another x-ray and the results baffled me. "Mild Degenerative Wear and Tear". From what I understand is that this pretty much only happens in older (like a lot older) patients. My question is, What does this mean? Has anyone heard about this? What is the treatment? Do you think its a mistake?

I am also going to add that I have congenital hip displaysia, central precocious puberty, an extra bone in my ankles, and after starting work my knees, legs, and feet have also increased in pain along with my back. Any info is appreciated!


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  • TarenTTaren Posts: 525
    edited 09/28/2013 - 8:03 PM
    You need to tell your dr of the pain that you are experiencing and ask him to send you for a MRI, as an x-ray is not going to show in detail what is going on with your spine.
  • I do have to say I did both of these things and she made an appointment for me to go to a physical medicine dr for the MRI and pain management was not really discussed, she just asked me what do I do to help with the pain and i told her taking a bath usually takes the edge off and I've tried over the counter medicine but they don't touch the pain. She didn't bring it up after.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 10/01/2013 - 9:04 AM
    First, the chiropractor did you a disservice by diagnosing you with spina bifida from an xray. All an xray does is to check the alignment of the spine, it can not image the soft tissues of the spine or the spinal canal where the diagnosis for that condition would stem from.
    The xray allows them to see if the vertebral bodies are in the position that they should be in, and not much else other than to check for fractures. You need an MRI and /or a CT scan to see both the bone and the soft tissues of the spine.
    'DDD' also known as disc dessication disease is nothing more than a drying out of the discs, which is normal and found in the large majority of people if they are over the age of 16-18. The discs are a material between the vertebral bodies that cushions that do not have a major supply of blood vessels directly to them, so the disc material tends to dry out very slowly over time, as we get older, become more active, and place greater demands on our bodies.
    Usually , it is not painful, unless there is some contact with some other structure in the spine, the spinal nerve roots or the thecal sac in which the spinal nerves travel down the spine....Here are some references for you to read that might help you to understand more.
    DDD Resources


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