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    Old 04-01-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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    Kissing Spine

    Does anyone have or has anyone heard of "kissing spine" (Baastrup phenomenon)? It is part of a new MRI report for me. I have never heard of this, just wondering if anyone else has.
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    Old 04-01-2011, 11:35 PM   #2
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    "Kissing Spine" is when the spinous processes (the part of the spine you can feel when you run your finger along the "back bone") from adjoining vertebrae touch. Either due to injury or aging, the edges of the spinous process become enlarged and form bony overgrowths, or osteophytes. Particularly when the back is in extension, these edges rub together.

    It is one of those issues that may show up on imaging, but may cause no pain to the patient.

    This is a problem that dancers develop in their lumbar spines from years spent bending backwards.

    Do you have other issues going on as well?

     
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    Re: Kissing Spine

    Oh yeah lots of things... I just had never heard of "kissing spine" I have two herniated disk and several annular tears I have stenosis, DDD, my sciatic nerve is pinched and this same MRI says that I will have drop foot soon if my back continues on the same path. I also have scoliosis, a pinched nerve in my cervical spine and a lot more stuff I have no idea what it is. Thank you for explaining the "kissing spine" I have been in pain management for 6 years surgery is not an option for me.

     
    Old 04-02-2011, 09:54 AM   #4
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    Re: Kissing Spine

    I would agree...it is not something we see mentioned very often. I was surprised to see that when you search for that term, a lot of entries that pop up concern horses or certain breeds of dogs...so it is one of those mechanical issues that can result from small, repetitious movements...dressage horses apparently develop it fairly frequently.

    In your case, it sounds like it goes along with your other degenerative issues. Unfortunately, our spines are our one weak link in the evolutionary process.

     
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    I had not heard it either...I wish there was something that would work for everyone to heal their back, I know mine has changed my life! I have been having injections in my back for several years, they caused me to have chemically induced diabetes as well as addisons disease. I hate that anyone has to live with pain like this, would not wish it on anyone. Thanks for you input!

     
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    Ohhh, I'm really sorry to hear that. I think the PMs and surgeons are so quick to tell us that the injections are harmless.

    I have developed a particular type of cataracts from all the steroids I've had. No one EVER mentioned that as a possible side effect!

    And the insurance companies pretty much demand that we have the injections before they will pay for anything more invasive.

    Have you found any effective methods of pain relief since you cannot have surgery?

     
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    No I have to stay medicated to make it thru a day... I have been on the medication for so long it doesn't make me loopy or anything but I sure wished I did not have to take medication to function!

    They did not tell me of those side effects of the injections either! I am sorry to hear about the cataracts, would have been nice to know what we were getting into.

     
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