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Degenerative disc, root canal stenosis. Lower back pain and stiffness, knee pain. Suggestions?

Hi. I ve just had an MRI scan and it showed evidence of l4-l5 degenerative disc and possibly root canal stenosis . I am 58 years old . Does this mean it all goes down hill from now on ? Ha ha I do suffer with lower back pain my hips are very stiff and painful along with very painful knees and other things but the list is endless . I would be interested to hear your views. L. Evans ( mrs)
Asked On : Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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Spine Surgeon 's  Response
Degenerative disc with canal stenosis occurs as a result of degenerative process of aging in the spine.

In addition to back pain it causes numbness and heaviness in legs on walking. The treatment depends upon the amount of stenosis and your symptoms.

In some, symptoms improve with medication and activity modification. In others if it does not work, surgery can give relief.

But your spine doctor can tell you better after examining you and seeing your scans.

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General & Family Physician Dr. Michelle Gibson James's  Response
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Degeneration of the L4-L5 disc would imply that the disc that is normally present between the vertebra would not be able to function effectively. It would definately contribute to the pain that you are experiencing. It is treated with mediation ( oral and injections in some persons) and physical therapy.
Spinal stenosis is narrowing of the spinal canal. It is treated by pain medication, anti spasmodic medication when necessary, physical therapy and in some cases, surgery. In some persons it can result in significant problems but your doctor will monitor you and treat appropriately.

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Answered: Sat, 26 Jan 2013
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