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Old 12-17-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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Gastro to Intestinal to..Back??

To start i suppose it would help to say that im in the military. And a number of things happen to me that i just don't go to the doctor for that i should. So here goes.
I ended up with food poisoning of a sort which at first the doctors thought i had appendicitis. After a CT scan they found that i had a nice little intestinal infection.

In their notes of my CT scan they noted the following things:

that i have a thickening of the terminal ileun to the level of the ileocecal valve,
that there is associated prominent right lower quadrant mesenteric lymphandenopathy, a congenital nonunion of posterior arch of S1, and a mild symmetric disc bulge at L5 - S1.

for that last portion i have no idea what most of it means besides it is something to do with my back. could someone help me out with that?

 
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Re: Gastro to Intestinal to..Back??

That makes sense that you thought you were having an attack of appendicitis. That is how the pain of mesenteric lymphandenopathy is described. It is an inflammation of the lymph nodes in the membrane that attaches the intestine to the wall of the abdomen. It is caused by an intestinal infection and can be very painful. And, there is a thickening of the ilium, which is the final end of the small intestine...it is at about the same level as the lowest lumbar discs.

I assume that the back was imaged as a part of the abdominal scans. So this is considered an incidental finding...and is only mentioned in passing. It has nothing to do with your mesenteric lymphandenopathy.

[B]a congenital nonunion of posterior arch of S1, and a mild symmetric disc bulge at L5 - S1.[/B] A congenital nonunion of the posterior arch of the Sacral 1 vertebra...just means that the bone is slightly deformed and has been this way since birth. I don't believe this could be responsible for any back problems. At the disc located between the last lumbar and first sacral vertebrae, there is a small disc bulge that is located in the middle (neither on left or right side). Most people have a disc that is bulging...it is just a sign of living, wear and tear, and is not something one notices unless it becomes larger and irritates or pushes into a spinal nerve. As I mentioned, these are considered incidental findings and most likely are causing you no pain or "issues" whatsoever.

 
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:58 AM   #3
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Re: Gastro to Intestinal to..Back??

Thank you so much Teteri66! That is what i thought it was. i did some research online about it. My mate is worried that it will lead to other complications in life. I went along the same line that it is just an incidental note and that its nothing to worry over. The doctor did say that if i had any issues later to get it checked out. but i have never had any issues with it. Again THANKS!! that really helped!

 
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Just a little further information...the intervertebral discs are comprised of something like over 90% "moisture" and were not the best design from a walking upright creature. Gravity pushes down on the discs all the time except when we are lying down. The spine supports the majority of the body's weight and with just average wear and tear, the discs begin to dry out. What surprises people is that this process begins in our twenties! By the time a person hits his/her forties, it is common to find a bulging disc on MRI that is done for another purpose. It is a surprise as the person is not experiencing any pain or discomfort.

Since you know you have this one bulging disc, you can keep ahead of the game by keeping in shape, maintaining a strong back and core, maintaining normal weight, etc. Just use common sense when it comes to activities that stress the back...and use good body mechanics and posture.

 
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