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Back pain. MRI report showing degenerative arthritic changes. What does it mean?

i have a mri results that i dont understand i am listed as a chronic back patient but the doctoer just says its real bad results but didnt tell me what it means i know that i have old compression wedge fractuers of all 5 lumbars as well as degenerative arthric changes but thats just on the lumbar region there was also a mri done on the thoracic that he didnt explain he just said its real bad can you help me to understand what this last mri results are i need help please im in bad pain all the time .
Asked On : Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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Thanks for the query. It seems you have severe degenerative changes with osteoporotic fractures in spine. Degenerative changes means wear and tear of the spine with increasing age and usually affects discs and facet joints in the spine. Real concern is whether these changes causing compression of the nerves in the spine. I need to see your MRI report to know more about it. If possible please upload the report and images so as to tell exactly about your spine condition. Thanks
Answered: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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