I really need help understanding what can cause all this. Ct scan results Very large Prominent posterocenteral disc herniations with severe compression of the thecal sac from L3- S1. At L5-S1 it is slightly worse on the right touching the nerve root No fracture or subluxation present. Straighting of the normal curve focal kyphosis at c6-c7 there is disc space narrowing and osteophyte complex resulting in mild central canal stenosis. There is degenertive idsc disease C6-C7. About 9 months I started having severe pain at the time thought it was my hip. The worst pain is in the am after sleeping. It seems to do better the more I move. Warm baths seem to help. The pain greatly affects my quality of life. I also have numbness in my toes middle toes in my pinky and ring finger and have no sensation in my chest. I drop things often and im told walk funny. I am a 33 year old female with history of detached retina 12 years ago unknown cause and 3 kids 2 delivered by c section.I also did an xray 2 mth prior to the ct and results frontal lateral and spot lateral views. 5 verterbra present there is mild disc space narrowing at L4-L5 more pronounced at L5-S1with mild spurring seen no fracture or subluxation. Tiny calcification in the left true pelvic area consistent with phlebolith. I would appreciate any thoughts on causes or complacations that I should be concerned with.
How long ago was the CT scan finding of the disc herniations and nerve root compression? Are you currently being treated for this spinal issues?
[B] Very large Prominent posterocenteral disc herniations with severe compression of the thecal sac from L3- S1.[/B]
The thecal sac is a series of thick ligaments that contain the spinal nerves in the central canal. When something pushes into it, it puts pressure on those nerves and can cause nerve compression. "Severe" is the top category in terms of "how bad" something is. You would definitely want to seek treatment for this if you are not doing so. The appropriate specialist to see would be either an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon whose practice is limited to neck and back issues.
This particular nerve compression can be tricky. While all nerve compressions can cause pain, when it is at this area, it can create problems with the bladder and/or bowel, causing loss of control. It can also cause a sudden extreme muscle weakness like a drop foot. If you suddenly develop either of these problems, you should call your doctor
ASAP or go to the emergency room...as it is considered a true medical emergency. If the nerve or nerves are left in this condition too long, the damage can become permanant.
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At the time the CT scan was done, did a doctor look at it and advise what you should do? Are there any free clinics or simlar options where you could receive treatment?
Since you asked about the potential complications, the most serious one to be aware of is "cauda equina syndrome." I would suggest you look it up online and read about it so you are familiar with the symptoms.
Anyone who has problems with L4-L5 and L5-S1 should be aware of the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, and should go to the ER if you suddenly develop one or more of these symptoms.
Yes the Dr advised me to seek treatment from a neurosurgeon and gave me a walker. With the healtcare system going through such drastic changes no 1 seems to know where I can find a clinic. can you tell me what are possible causes of the abnormalities. Thanks for the info its appreciated more than u know
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The problem with the human spine is that the discs between the bones, which act like shock absorbers or cushions are mostly made up of "water" but have no direct blood vessels flowing through them. They obtain moisture and nouishment from the adjoining tissues.
At the same time, the weight of gravity is pushing down on the discs, and they are subject to a great deal or wear and tear...just from the daily tasks of living. Pile on top of this the abuses many of us put our spines through -- picking up things incorrectly and that weigh more than we can safely handle, slouching, using poor posture, not getting exercise, being overweight, etc.
But even in a completely healthy individual who does everything "right," the spine still begins its aging process in our twenties. So, from the MRI report, it doesn't really look like you have done anything to "cause" your problems... the issues that are creating the symptoms are part of the natural aging of the spine -- disc degeneration and arthritic changes....Sometimes pregnancy can contribute to some issues; in some cases, genetics plays a role in degenerative disc disease. In your case, it is probably a combination of lots of things.
I don't know what to tell you about finding treatment. Perhaps a state social services office could provide some information....