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Old 10-16-2001, 04:24 PM   #1
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Bulging, desiccation of L5, S1

Hi all. I recently posted about having excruciating pain in my low back, so bad that walking was hard and painful....hunched over like an old woman! Well, I just got the results of the MRI. But I don't know what it means. I have not seen the Dr to discuss it yet. It says that I have "desiccation and "diffuse" bulging of the lower L5 and S1 disk". What the heck does this mean??? I know one thing: it hurts very bad...I have been in agony! The dr's and ER docs all seem to think that I'm faking all this! <IMG SRC=""> I am in agony most of the time. What comes next...will I need surgery? Please, any response will be welcome...

Mary <IMG SRC="">

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Old 10-16-2001, 09:39 PM   #2
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Re: Bulging, desiccation of L5, S1

Hey Mary,

I am suprised that is all it says. The desicaton means the disk in that area has become thinner due to some unknown reason. When one looks at the MRI that disk would be thinner in appearance. That is not good. The diffused bulging is that the disk protrudes and in most normal langauge is herniated. The diffused means it is spread out not on one side or the other.

In other words you have a herniated disk. The only reason I questioned if that is all the report said is that you mentioned nothing about it impinging on the cord or cord space.

Keep us informed,


Old 10-17-2001, 06:04 PM   #3
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Re: Bulging, desiccation of L5, S1

Mary: I've got to disagree with Oliver about having a herniated disk. Herniated means that the interior of the disk has broken through the outer coating of the disk. I also have a desicated and diffuse bulging disk. It means that as the disk gets thinner, it gets squished down by the vertebrae above it causing it to stick out around the edges all around. It's like squishing peanut butter between two pieces of bread. Some will leak out around the edges. There's a difference in the type of treatment between herniated versus DDD. How are things going lately? Maggie <IMG SRC="">

Old 10-22-2001, 07:45 PM   #4
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Re: Bulging, desiccation of L5, S1

Hi QB: Dessication means dried out and diffuse means spread out. I took these definitions out of a medical dictionary. I'd try to explain more to you, but I'm all typed out tonight, take care, PatG<p>[This message has been edited by PatG (edited 10-22-2001).]

Old 10-23-2001, 09:18 AM   #5
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Hey, Mary: What's going on? Have you done anything since getting the MRI report? Have you seen a doctor? Let us know. Maggie <IMG SRC="">

Old 10-23-2001, 05:58 PM   #6
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Re: Bulging, desiccation of L5, S1

My mri says the same thing, and I also get the same response from the drs. no big deal! wow...
only mine says, desiccation at L4-5....and L5-S1
and also retrolisthesis at L4-5....also left stenosis at L4-5....and disc bulging at t12/L1-L2/3, L4/5
and L5-s1....and still no big deal!! can't figure it out??? I am in so much pain, that I spend a lot of time in bed, and to top it off, they are taking away my disability!! all of this after a microdisectomy
about a year ago, I feel like my whole spine is falling apart! can't sit, can't walk, can't do anything
isn't this enough proof of pain???
anyone out there have any input?? thanks

Old 10-23-2001, 06:31 PM   #7
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Re: Bulging, desiccation of L5, S1

sorry your going thru this too! I know how it feels not to be believed, when you hurt sooo bad!
Have a pain free nite

Old 10-28-2001, 10:02 PM   #8
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Re: Bulging, desiccation of L5, S1

Hi Mary <IMG SRC=""> Sorry your in pain! Yeh, I'd be at my DR. asking for the correct referral DR. Sounds TOO much like herniated. Any pain down the legs/leg?
It sure sounds like time for a lollipop at DR.
Better safe than without candy. <IMG SRC="">

L1 thru L4 all buldging
L5-S1 ruptured
spinal arthritis

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