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MRI Result, possible Degenerative disc disease.

Hey everyone, I'm new here. I'm in the military so my back takes a hit more than others. I'm pretty young for this though. I'll be 20 in July. I just had my first MRI and found what I believe might be DDD. Any thoughts or opinions are welcomed. I haven't had an MRI follow-up and won't have one until next week but the suspense is killing me. I've been dealing with this for problem for almost 2 years and just now have had an MRI. Here's a link to the picture: http:// postimg . org/image/4vhkrx89r/


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • med studentmmed student Posts: 2
    edited 07/17/2014 - 1:21 PM
    hey TCALD2212 sorry about your situation man. so a buddy that I know also needed to get his MRI looked at, but he is from a rural town so no specialists there. I think he tried this company called Edit Imaging or something (Google it), and they provide you with a free account and you could upload your image to have specialists evaluate your image remotely, he said it was pretty convenient considering how far he lived from a top hospital.

    Not sure if this will help you though. Worth a try.

    Post edited to remove website...Liz spine-health moderator.. Please read the Forum rules
  • lembrayllembray Posts: 6
    edited 07/18/2014 - 7:47 AM
    Your Military physician has the most experience taking care of a young man’s DDD development. Some thoughts you might run by him/her.

    The EDIT spinal surgeon's resident who saw me though my sacral 1 disk rupture in 1991 suggested using Canadian crutches as a possible avoidance of further damage because I had had some relief of paralysis in my left leg using arm pit crutches. What he said was that he had good news and bad news. That the spinal surgeon had said surgery wasn't necessary because relief of paralysis indicated my spinal fluid was changing chemistry and dissolving the disk fragment in the sciatic nerve canal. But that it would take 10 to 15 year to change the chemistry back to normal. During that time additional disks would rupture because of weakened disk sacks and I would have similar experiences lasting 3 to 6 weeks at a time. I saved my lower spine using the Canadian crutches but lost my cervical spine because I did not get a rigid cervical collar soon enough to use when walking, riding in a vehicle or flying.

    The beard in my pic is to avoid irritation to my neck from the collar and to provide cover for my collar when I'm using it. Don't keep one on without walking on the Canadian crutches or atrophy of the neck muscles will occur and you won't be able to hold your head straight. Your neck will become like a new born baby's.

    [bPost edited to remove name of specific hospital. by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team...Please read the forum rules
    Lem Bray
  • I just want to suggest that there is nothing that can change your spinal fluid chemistry to make paralysis disappear or to make disc fragments dissolve, A cervical collar is worn to prevent your neck from moving, giving it stabilization. I don't know who told the spinal fluid has anything to do with the discs, but they told you wrong. They also told you wrong that other discs would rupture if you didn't use the crutches. DDD is a normally occurring anatomical occurrence in all human beings. It can be mild, moderate or severe, and as we age, it can get worse. All DDD is is that the discs loose some of their hydration as we age. This occurs very, very, very slowly in most people. Some of us are unfortunately more prone to it occurring earlier in our lives, or at more severe degrees than others, but your spinal fluid has nothing to do with it.
  • SpinelineSSpineline Posts: 2
    edited 07/24/2014 - 11:19 AM
    Young military man. First off, thanks for being there for me. Secondly, Disc Degeneration is a very non-homogenous term. It can mean different things to different clinicians. Even if present, it does not necessarily confirm that as the source of your pain as DD can be seen in asymptomatic people, even younger people. What is seen on imaging clearly needs to be correlated with your symptoms and exam. Good luck. Just don't be misled by what is seen only on an MRI.

    Post edited-5.12 You agree that any information, opinions or other content provided by doctors or patients on Spine-health.com forums is for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical diagnoses or treatment. Always consult with a physician for any health problem or medical condition.

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