[QUOTE=DarkAngel28]My mother had recently been having very severe back pain and went to the doctor for it. They did x-rays and an MRI and found that she has three deteriorating vertebrae..
What is the prognosis on something like this?
Can it be fixed?
Will she ever not be in pain again?
Please help me, I'm so worried about her, she is in a lot of pain.
I certainly had more than 3 discs with the DDD, and my highest recommendation is for a true spine specialist, so that if all conservative treatment should fail to provide her relief and surgery becomes the consideration, she can have the newest and best options available to her. Now that FDA has approved disc replacement (single) along with fusion, and since there is also the Dynesys flexible fusion available, the better she can retain the closest to normal spacing and flexibility, the better the chance for returning to normal. But as always, timing is also important, because if nerves are severely compressed presenting the pain, the longer they are not relieved, the less likely total recovery. With a general ortho or general neuro surgeon, time is less likely to be mentioned, and once other avenues are not an option, they will likely mention only fixed fusion with hardware. With three levels, yes, depending on which levels, and how skilled and how long nerves have been compressed, there can still be relief, but the chances of the best outcome are best with a true spine specialist.