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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   Hi there, I have been having severe leg and foot pain for many years on and off. I had an xray done recently and the results read: Lumbosacral spine - Mild degenerative disk disease is present with bony spur formation and subchondral sclerosis. L5-S1 disk space is slightly narrowed. Scoliosis and accentuated lordosis may relate to muscular spasm. Impression. Mild spondylosis of the lumbosacral spine with early narrowing L5-S1 disk space. I'm a 36 yr old female. What does this mean in simpler terms please?
Doctor :   let me read ur query
Doctor :   this means you have early stages of spinal osteoarthritis
User :   what can I do and does it mean i will end up in a wheelchair?
Doctor :   You need proper posture and physical excercises to maintain your spine
Doctor :   u will not end up i n a wheel XXXXXXXX
Doctor :   *chair
User :   so yoga would help??
Doctor :   yes it does
User :   what about the leg pain?
User :   i didnt even have any back pain until i started doing stretches
Doctor :   but you may have issues like sciatica etc which could be the reason of nerve compresseion due to the spurs within the spine
User :   now leg pain is gone but back pain is severe
User :   I do have sciatica
User :   have had for yrs
Doctor :   the sciatica could be the cause of leg pain
Doctor :   ok
User :   but now its gone
Doctor :   in that case posture, stretch excercises, and medicartions can help you
User :   im afraid if i stretch i will end up with more back pain
Doctor :   no its not like that
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