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Disk Space.

I wish I was talking about my hard drive, but I am referring to disks in back. And not sure this is the right forum as I am new to understanding parts of the spine.
I had an xray recently and was told there is no space between vertebrae in three places. The higher one has cause some headaches, lower one causes leg pain, but the worst is the middle one between the shoulders. It is causing some severe pain, especially at work.
The pain is in my right shoulder, and down the front. This, with shooting pains down my arm, up my neck, and down the front of my chest.
I have been seeing a Chiropractor who says he can help, which it does to a point, but when I get to work and start doing heaving lifting all night, it gets to the point of dropping the parts I am working on. No one at work really understands the amount of pain I am dealing with, and all I get is a "hang in there". Our health guru in the office says to take ibuprofen and see a massage therapist.
Will add, the disks are there, just flat or something, as I have never understood what he meant, even after asking him, as he is always in a hurry to see other patients.
So is there any help for this, other than seeing a Chiropractor? If he can't get the pain to stop, than do I need surgery?
I am clueless.


  • I would advise you to talk to doctor of orthopedics or spine center about options as soon as you can before permanent damage occurs
    L4-L5 fused at birth (congenital malformity). L-5-S1 bulge/degeneration, L3-L4 bulge/degeneration. Permanent nerve damage L5-S1 and L3-L4. Fused C5-C7.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    edited 07/11/2014 - 11:33 AM
    stop seeing Chiropractors
    They have their value, but when it comes to the disc and nerves, that should be handle only by trained professionals (ie spinal specialists, pain mgt doctors, etc)
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • What Dr ordered and interpreted the MRI? You should be referred to a spine specialist and ask for clarification regarding your issue. Can your Dr give you restrictions for work? Did he discuss continuing heavy lifting with what's going on? I could only imagine that would make matters worse. I've always been instructed not to see a chiropractor when spine issues are evident.
    Progressive DDD
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • Thanks for the replies. I will go to my Doctor and have him to refer me to someone who knows what is going on. Just got off work, going to lay down and try not to move a lot and hopefully get some sleep.
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