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One of the spine disc is desiccated and reduced in height. Am I suffer from Osteoporosis?

By July 5, 2011 - 4:18pm
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Hi, I am 34 years and I have lumbar pain recently and went for MRI scan. The result stated that there is a lumbar scoliosis. The report stated that "The disc at L4/5 is desiccated and reduced in height.Axial imaging confirms a right central/paracentral disc prolapse, extending behind the verterbral body of L5 in the midline. It is compressing the thecal and compressing and deviating the right L5 nerve root." My questions are:
1. Am I suffer from Osteoporosis that caused the disc reduced in height? If yes, what should I do now?

2. Will physio helps in my case?
3. Is it danger to carry a baby?
I really look forward some expertise advise on this. Thank you very much!

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I don't think you will find a "more solid" answer in a blog or postings from other readers on a website. A gynecologist has 4 years of undergraduate education, 4 years of medical school, 4 years residency and not to mention, a fellowship in a specialized area. I would go with the doctor's recommendations.

July 6, 2011 - 5:35pm

Did the physician who ordered the MRI review the findings with you?
Your physician is the most reliable source for accurate answers to the questions which you have asked.
A bone density scan diagnoses the presence of osteoporosis.
Spinal discs are filled with a jelly-like substance called the nucleus. When the nucleus dry out, they loss height. Desiccation is an early sign of a degenerative process of wear and tear on the vertebral discs.
Your physician will recommend the best treatment for you. Options include medication, weight management, massage therapy, chiropractic care and surgery.
You need to ask your doctor if pregnancy will complicate or aggravate your condition.

July 5, 2011 - 5:12pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

It was my doctor who reviewed the findings instead of my initial physician who asked my GP to refer me for the MRI scan. For this case, I will arrange with a physician to review my findings instead.
I did ask my doctor about pregnancy and she said it might be a bit of risk. However, I want to find more solid answers on this, that why I posted this question.
Thank you for your reply.

July 6, 2011 - 3:49pm
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