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Baastrup's disease, Kissing Spine excruciating pain

Just been dx'd with this with an x-ray. Severe DDD from L1-S1. All of them "demineralized". I assume that means Osteoporosis. At any rate, now waiting for MRI approval. Work comp and they're being very uncooperative (another story), so I am paying out of my own pocket.

Excruciating pain when trying to arise from lying down and even after sitting or reclining. My spine seems to lock up and can take minutes to relax, thus "Kissing". Well, at least I have a partial answer explaining this pain which seems to be escalating at an alarming rate. 

Please, anyone who is familiar, tell me of your experience. I am so frightened. Thank-you 



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,526
    There is a more that we would like to know. Please read New Member Guideline and Checklist and provide us with some more details about your condition.

    I really dont know much about this disorder, but here is what I read about it.
    wikipedia said:

    is an orthopedic and radiographic disorder that often occurs in elderly humans. It is characterized by enlargement of the posterior spinous projections of the lumbar spine, with normal intervertebral disc height and neuroforamina. The reason it is referred to as kissing spine is because the posterior spinous processes 'kiss' and touch one another as the individual goes into lumbar extension, for example when flat on their stomach.[1][2] The condition has been seen in humans, canines, particularly with boxer breeds,[3] and certain breeds of horses
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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