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Spondylodiscal degenerative disease

dexterousddexterous Posts: 1
edited 02/21/2015 - 7:34 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi All,

I have joined this forum very recently. This is about mother who is around 60 years of age. For a long time she used to severe headache in the night around 4-5 AM. She said the pain used to be quite severe. We consulted quite a few doctors and nobody can say anything. One of the doctors asked to get MRI scan which we got it done. Now this scan reports says following :

1. MR screening reveals Spondylodiscal degenerative disease with disc osteophyte complex at C2-3 , C3-4 , C4-5, C5-6 levels causing indentation over thecal sac
Posterior disc bulge at L4-5 and L5-S1 levels causing indentation over the sac and mild encroachment over bilateral neural foramina.
Small posterior disc bulge at L3-4 level causing indentation over thecal sac.

X-Ray of the cervical spine

1. strengthening of cervical spinal curvature in seen s/o muscle spasm
2. degenerative changes are seen in the form of marginal osteophytes formation at multiple levels in cervical spine
Vertebral bodies are otherwise normal in height and density
Intervertebral disc spaces are normal in height

Doctors say in plain english , it means that bone covering the spine has grown to slightly longer and as a result puts pressure on the arteries and causes the pain the head when sleeping. He says that the treatment is a surgical procedure to cut the growth in the bone.

I just wanted to understand if this is the right treatment and how serious is this surgery and can anything go wrong ...and how long does it take for rehabilitation.

thanks in advance for your help and guidance.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/21/2015 - 7:34 AM
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