I have been reading the notes of the ct scan after discogram and need to understand some terms. What is the meaning of diffuse degenerative changes with out a discrete annular tear. That was not explained....Can some one hel
I believe that it means that your disc space(s) are showing general changes for the worse, more than likely your spaces are getting shorter. Most of the time this is caused by a tear wheres the fluid in the discs leaks out and the discs shrinks, so they are saying that they cannot see a tear. Tears are normally seen with the CT after a disco as the fluid that is injected is leaked out of the disc. Hope this helps and was simple enough? Most of the time I confuse myself!
I have had low back pain. After pain meds, epidural steroid injections (3) failed to help, the doc was considering fusion. I have had two discograms.... not something fun! They were needed and I went into to it with the understanding that there would be pain, but it would help to lead to the end of most of my pain... knowing what to do. The fist one found that the disc that were to be used as support were abnormal, they produced pain very similar to my back pain so I was not 100% sure if that was what I was supposed to feel.. well anyway.. no fusion. I had the second discogram to make clear if it was "my" pain or not. My pain was clear the second time. Fusion was not an option.. Now I am being scheduled for disc replacement.
Thanks for your help Sometimes it just helps you to know that you are still sane to see that other people are in the same boat. Not that you would ever want someone to ever have the same pain.
Hope every one is having a good day.
Last edited by dclodfelter; 04-23-2005 at 12:24 PM.