Disk desiccation at l5-s1
I recently posted about having excruciating pain in my low back, so bad that walking was hard and painful.hunched over like an old woman. Well, I just got the results of the MRI. I have not seen the Dr to discuss it yet. I know one thing: it hurts very bad.I have been in agony. I am in agony most of the time. What comes next.will I need surgery. Please, any response will be welcome.Thanks,Mary.
Hey Mary,I am suprised that is all it says. The desicaton means the disk in that area has become thinner due to some unknown reason. When one looks at the MRI that disDisc desiccation is a degenerative condition that can be very painful. It is the earliest sign of a more severe degeneration and should not be overlooked. If you find the right way to handle it in time, you will get the problem under control and be able to avoid more serious back problems or surgery.
On this page, you will find some useful information on causes and treatment options. Between every two vertebrae (the bones of your spinal column) there is a flat disc that protects your spine by acting as a cushion and shock absorber. It is made of a tough annulus fibrosis surrounding the jelly-like nucleus pulposus. Veritas-Health LLPatient HistoryThis 44-year-old female patient, previously a professional water skier, presents with 80% low back pain and 20% leg pain demonstrating a L5 distribution.
ExaminationShe presents with isolated back pain over the L4-L5 and L5-S1 facet joints. Flexion is % of normal. Extension is limited to 20% of normal because of severe back pain. Straight leg raising tests are bilaterally negative. Strength is normal, but slightly diminished right to L5 light-touch sensation. Prior TreatmentAlthough a L5 selective nerve root block provided short-term relief, there was no response to facet injections.
ImagesThe sagittal MRI (Fig. 1) demonstrates disc desiccation with narrowing at L4-L5 an44 year old male Degenerative disk disease, disk herniation laminectomy and discectomy, progression over time after surgery. Weight gain result in venous obstruction and increase subcutaneus edema in the back.MRI OF THE LUMBAR SPINEHISTORY: Lumbar spine disc herniation. Low back pain.TECHNIQUE: Multiplanar, multisequence MRI of the lumbar spine was performed on a 1.5 Tesla magnet.COMPARISON: October 23, 2012, MR study of the lumbar spine.FINDINGS: This dictation is based on the assumption that the patient has five lumbar type vertebral bodies.Spinal alignment: 2 mm retrolisthesis of L5 on S1 is noted.Bone marrow: There are Modic type I endplate changes at L5-S1 level and L4-L5 level, slightly more prominent as compared to October 23, 2012, at L4-L5 level.Paravertebral soft tissues: Unremarkable.The conus terminates at the L1 level with normal morphology and signal intensity.T12-L1: UnremThe spine has several sections, each denoted by a letter.
There are spaces in between each vertebra called discs. These are circular pieces of cartilage filled with a jelly-like material called the nucleosus pulposus. These discs serve as a cushion between the bones, and are crucial to allowing the spine to flex and bend freely. Dessication means drying out.