Degenerative spine disease

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I have had an issue with my left shoulder for a little while now. I work in a nursing home currently and I noticed one day a burning like pain in my left shoulder. It usually progressed throughout the day, barely feeling it in the morning. Now the feeling has changed to the burning plus a tingling sensation. I don't feel any weakeness in the muscles in my shoulder or anything, it's more a nuisance than anything. I was just wondering how serious this seems/if I should see a doctor?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Probably degenerative spine disease.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Symptoms you describe point towards pinched nerve.

Conditions that may cause it include degenerative spine disease, herniated disc disease...

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I have been having muscle cramps and join pain in my arms off and on for about six months. I have light Lymphodema caused from a mastectomy almost ten years ago. Seems to be worse on exercising or liftin heavy objects or repeated movements. Now my neck seems stiff and shoulder joints also. I've also had nerve pain in arms previously from a neck injury. Kind of feeling a little dizzy and nauseous as well but may be because I'm starting to feel anxious ?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Degenerative spine disease to consider.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Dizzy and nausea may be related to anxiety, but other symptoms (pain in arms, joints, muscles spasms, nerve pain) may be related to...

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In 2013 I had a spinal fusion on L4-L5. Since then I have had severe lower back pain sometimes crippling, I can't do normal everyday activities. I recently had an MRI and this is the results.

L1-L2 Small posterior disc ostephyte complex without central canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing.
L2-L3 2mm retrolisthesis of L2 on L3, with small posterior disc bulge. No central canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing. Mild bilateral facet arthosis and small bilateral facet joint effusions.
L3-L4 Small posterior disc bulge and mild bilateral facet and ligamentous hypertrophy.
L4-L5 No recurrent or residual central canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing after discectomy and posterior fusion.
L5-S1 Small posterior disc bulge extending toward the neural foramina. No central canal stenosis. Mild right neural foraminal narrowing.

My doctor says she can't tell a definitative reason for my back pain. My pain is around the L5-S1. I can't walk for more than 10 minutes at a time. I can't stand for more than 10 minutes. Household chores like sweeping and vacuuming brings pain that I can't do anything for a couple of days. So what does all this mean?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Diffuse degenerative changes of the spine.

Detailed Answer:
I read your question carefully and I am sorry about the pain you are in.

That report speaks of degenerative changes of the spine at multiple levels. Degenerative spine disease is generally a diffuse condition. The fusion...

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So my question is I have a pulsing or throbbing sensation in my spine not all the time but is has been happening more lately it pusles to the point it feel like I can't breath. this is my mri I had a Thoraicic and Lumbar MRI and it was compared to 2012. Thoracic- there is a central disc bulge at T1-T2, stable when compared to previous study. there is advanced degenerative disc space narrowing and desiccation involving every level from t5 through t10 there is a focal disc herniation on the right at t9-t10 this abuts the thoracic cord the disc herniation is progressive when compared to 2012, there is a disc bulge at t8-t9( I only remember 3 disc the herniation and the bulgeing why is it getting worse in 2yrs) Lumbar-for the purpose of this dictation the transitional vertebra is named as a partially lumbarized s1. there is a small s1-s2 disc space. the final dominant disc space is named as l5-s1. this is different than the nomenclature on the study of 2012. if surgery is contemplated close correlation of the present study with plain film radiographs is recommended time surgery L5-S1: there is degenerative disc desiccation. Annular disc bulging is more present localized to the right paracentral region. Mild facet arthropathy is present there is right lateral recess narrowing moderate bilateral neural forraminal narrowing present. L4-L5: there is degenerative desiccation Annular disc bulging is present L3-L4 mild facet arthropathy.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Degenerative spine disease with disc prolapse.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, XXXXXXX

Thanks for your query.

I'm Dr. Sudhir Kumar,

After going through your query I concluded that you are having degenerative spine disease with multiple level disc herniation causing a pulsing or throbbing...

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Hello
I have been having mid and lower back pain for 2 days it does not radiate anywhere but I find it is painful usually mid back ans up . I have slight scoliosis but nothing that would cause ''tis pain I have had it before
I have had all cardiac work done may -dec /16 all normal blood pressure is normal I am. Not overweight and I work out low impact 4x a week
I do suffer from the following
Costocondeitis
Fybromyalgia
Crinic pain - neck shoulders arm knees joints all I believe related to fybromyalgia
So u have any suggestions

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Consider degenerative spine disease.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HealthcareMagic.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Fibromyalgia may cause pain in back too, besides of other regions of the body.

However, herniated disc disease,...

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Hi,

I am still terrified, Dr. Panwar but holding on to my faith in the Lord. I went for a very long walk down by the lake this evening...it was so beautiful. I took my new testament with me. I read that there are milder cases (15-40%) Another site stated only 5% that have a mild progression or stabilize. Mine would be the latter at this time (coldness in arms and can feel a cool sensation in lower calves & sometimes around the ankles when I walk) There has also been some coolness in my back but it is not always there -- it appears as if the middle part of the spine is the culprit. (dorsal root ganglion -- neuronal damage possible or encephomyelitis) It still strongly appears to be a subacute sensory neuropathy (assymetrical small fibre would be the most likely case scenario -- it really does exist)
I will be seeing s rheumatologist on the 8th of May -- I am so scared, Dr. Panwar. (The waiting is so difficult) I hope that he will send me for the tests asap. I will let you know what happens. I feel that I must proceed with the antibodies and FDG-PET scan. I will keep you posted. The suspicion is so strong, Dr. Panwar, that I feel that I must proceed in this fashion first. However, if I do manage to acquire a copies of my previous exams including MRI CD, I will send them your way. I will see what I can do--however, I sense that the situation at hand is urgent and I must try and see these specialists asap. My app with the gynecologist won't be until the latter part of May, I believe. I will be in touch with you soon. God Bless.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Sure,you should go for investigations-antibodies.FDG-PET scan may wait.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for being connected.It feels good to have your detailed follow-up.

Sure,you should get opinions from a Rheumatologist and obviously from a Gynecologist as we already discussed.A...

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I am 4 weeks after doing some light snow shovelling and started with intense shoulder pain. The pain has reduced but I still have very limited arm power, and my palms and bottoms of my feet are semi numb ( tingling almost constantly. My hands are colder than normal. Have been seeing a phsio therapist who has been manipulating my spine T2 and T3, and mentiooned also T6 relating to the tingling. The pain and weakness is in shoulders - I have no pain in my back.
Could there be something beyond the nerves in spine having been inflamed by the vertebrae?
Update: at 7 weeks after the mentioned incident:
The shoulder pain has nearly completely subsided, but the weakness in using my arms persists. The numbness in hands and feet also persists and almost seems to have become more pronounced, and seems to go slightly up my arms and legs.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Please tell some details:

Detailed Answer:
Hi Ralphrozmovits,
Thanks for being on healthcaremagic.com.
I am Dr.Ajay Panwar,a neurologist,here to answer your query.

I have gone through your detailed history and I have understood your concerns well.I need to know some more details so...

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My husband just had an MRI done and I have the report and can not understand what is said.: Here goes and it is long>Spinal cord : the conus terminates at L1-2. Ordinary noncontrased appearance of the cauda equina. Vertebral bodies> There are diffuse endplate degenerative changes throughout the lumbar spine and straightening alignment. No edema to suggest acute or subacute compression fracture. There is chronic decreased height of the L4 vertebral body and mild left lateral listhesis of L3 on 4.. There is degenerative grade 1 retrolisthesesis at the lumbosacral junction.
DISK,Central canal and Neural Foramina> There is extensive disc disease throughout the lumbar spine. L1-2 There is asymmetric right-sided disc space narrowing. A 3 mm Posterior disc bulge, facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy result in moderate canal and moderate bilateral neuroforaminal stenosis. L2-3 A large right posterior disc bulge, moderate facet and ligamentum hypertrophy result in moderately severe canal stennosis (.08cm AP diminsion) and severe right and moderate left neuroforaminal stenosis., L3-4> There is asymmetric left sided disc space narrowing. A large asymmetric left disc bulge, facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy are present. There is severe left neural foraminal and lateral recess stenosis on the left, moderately severe canal stenosis and moderate right neural foraminal stenosis. L4-5> there is asymmetric left side disc space narrowing. A moderate size disc bulge,facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy result in severe canal narrowing and severe left greater than right neural foraminal stenosis.L5-S1> Moderate size disc bulge and superimposed central disc protrusion, with facet and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy result in moderately severe canal stenosis and severe bilateral neuroforaminal stenosis. SOFT tissue> Right renal cysts, Aorota is calcified. There is metallic susceptibility artifact associated with a right hop arthroplasty.
Try to expain to me what his means in lay terms Please and thank you.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Narrowing of spinal canal.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for being on healthcaremagic.com.
I am Dr.Ajay Panwar,a neurologist,here to answer your query.

Your husband is having degenerative spine disease with spinal canal stenosis and neural foraminal narrowing.In lay terms,this can...

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My mother(60yrs) was diagnosed with the following on December 25th 2014 after she fainted that day:
Cervical Spondylosis with variable disc dessications, narrowed C4/C5/C6 disc spaces & few pivds as.
* C3-4: Postero central disc protrusion
* C4-5: RT postero lateral disc protrusion identing rt. Neural foramen, impinging right C5 existing nerve root.
* C5-6:diffuse circumferential disc bulge,indenting thecal sac and bilateral neural formina, just impinging bilateral C6 nerve roots
* C6-7: left postero lateral disc protrusion indenting left neural foramen, impinging left C7 exiting nerve roots.
Multilevel mild indentation of thecal sac are seen. The spinal cord shows normal signal intensity. No intradural or extradural liason is seen.
She has constant dizziness and fainted again on 03/30/2015 and 04/03/2015. She was undergoing physical therapy since XXXXXXX 2015.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Vertebral artery insufficiency

Detailed Answer:
I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.

That MRI report indicates degenerative spine disease which can be manifested with neck pain radiating in the neck and shoulders, if there is nerve root impingement pain can...

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I had an mri done last wek due to back pain and buttock pain and tightening down the front of my right leg.. It says I have 1mm anterior listhesis of L4 upon L5 with mild circumferential disc bulging. and mulitlevel thoracolumbar degenerative disc disease most pronounced at L2--L# and L4-L5 Of incidental note L2 and L3 have vertebral body hemangiomata.. Hypertrohic degenerative changes are noted, exxagerated through the mid/lower lumbar spine facet joints with mld/moderate lumbar facet join arthropathy. hypertrophy of the ligamenta flava throughout the mid/lower spine is observed as well.Osteophytic spurring involves are lumbar vertebral bdoies to varying degrees, the T11-T 12 disc space demonstrates developing disc desiccation/dgeneration with moderate circumferential disc bulging, without signficant central canalicular stenosis and /or foraminal stenosis.L2-L3 shows disc dessication /degeneration with moderates space narrowing with circumferential disc protusion .When considered with the degenerative changes mild/moderate right sided foraminal stenosis is observed with mild left sided stenosis with moderate central caniclular stenosis. The l4-L5 demonstrates disc desiccation/degeneration with mild circumferential disc bulging. Mild central analicular stenosis is observed without significant foraminal stenosis. L4-L5 intervertebral disc space demsonstrates disc desiccation degeneration with 1 mm anterior listthesis of L4 upon L5 with mild circumfernetial disc bulging. Hupertophic degenerative changes (exaggerated thorught mid/lower lumbar spine facet jponts with multilevel thoracolumbar degenerative disc disease most pronounced at L2- L3 and L4-L5 .. This all sounds scary to me and what is the prognosis outcome .Will surgery become necessary or can it be treated otherwise?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
You are having degenerative spine disease.

Detailed Answer:

Hi
Thanks for your query

I'm Dr Sudhir Kumar

I have gone through your query and understand your concern. You are having degenerative spine disease with mild spondylolisthesis. It is common in your age. Its initial...

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