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Disc desiccation

Bethanyg1973BBethanyg1973 Posts: 1
edited 11/12/2015 - 5:02 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Yesterday I had an MRI 6 months out on a biking accident I had. They only did the pelvis (I am sure I'll now be going back for the lumbar) but here's my question.

It shows disc desiccation L4/L5 ...

While I realize at 41years old I'm not young I'm kinda shocked by this and am wondering does anyone else have any experience of an injury leading to the desiccation? Like if my disc was herniated or ruptured in my accident will it eventually "dry out" and appear to be DDD instead?

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  • My L5-S1 has lost a lot of water content and appears mostly black on MRI. There's also a High-Intensity Zone (or HIZ) in that disc that is a sign of herniation. I herniated the disc many years ago, and it "healed" itself with granulation (scar) tissue.

    Five years after the initial injury, I re-injured myself by lifting furniture, and the disc lost a lot of water content. I could actually feel the "drying up" as it occurred one day on my drive to work. It was a miserable experience, and I knew exactly what was happening.

    I imagine that in some cases, this desiccation happens more slowly and is not something easily felt. I think there are degrees of desiccation and that it doesn't always occur as a result of trauma. In my case, though, there was definite injury to the disc involved.
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