• Rich Rich
    September 24, 2011
    I have lower back pain and had xrays done... I got the report back from the radiologist.. Can someone explain what this means? i will write the report below..
    Rich Rich
    September 24, 2011
    The visualized vertebral body heights are maintained without evidence for compression fracture. Very Mild multilevel degenerative changes are noted with disc narrowing and anterior osteophyte formation. There is no compression fracture or malalignment noted. There is no spondylolysis or spondylolisthesis demonstrated. The visualized pedicles and posterior elements are intact. Please if anyone has an idea of what this means let me know.. and is this bad? or normal? READ MORE

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  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    September 25, 2011
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    September 25, 2011

    Congratulations! You have a normal x-ray examination of the spine. All of the "degenerative" changes (disc narrowing and osteophyte formation) are normal because just like everything else in your body, your spine is getting older too.

     

    Pain symptoms rarely correlate with anything seen on a plain x-ray of the spine. So most experts in the field rarely order plain old spine x-rays because most of the time they are worthless.

     

    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • Rich
      September 25, 2011
      Rich
      September 25, 2011

      Thank you for the rapid response and peace of mind... My next part of this question to you is.. What do you think my next step should be? and/or what kind of doctor should I talk to ? The pain only comes when i've been asleep for a few hours..

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    • Christina Lasich, MD
      September 25, 2011
      Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      September 25, 2011

      Take it from someone like me who has had more than my fair share of back pain at night. Go to your nearest mattress store tomorrow morning and buy a Tempur-pedic Cloud Supreme and you will be sleeping on Cloud 10 tomorrow night.

       

      I bought this mattress last year after sleeping on the classic Tempur-pedic for the past 10 years. That annoying bit of back pain at night that I just could not get rid have has finally gone away for the most part (unless I sleep on my stomach).

       

      Anyone who has back pain that occurs with sleeping should start by blaming the mattress.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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    • Rich
      September 25, 2011
      Rich
      September 25, 2011

      That's what i originally thought at first, until it got so bad.. My mattress is one of those Sleepy's Color Coded Sleep system things, Ive only had it for 2 yrs and ive slept great until about 2 months ago... I bought one of those memory foam topper things, 4 inch thick ones.... Im comfy until about 5 hrs in.. If my pain is that bad do you think I should seek help from a physician that specializes in this kind of thing..?

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    • Christina Lasich, MD
      September 26, 2011
      Christina Lasich, MD
      Health Pro
      September 26, 2011

      I still think your bed has something to do with your pain. Foam toppers and air beds just do not compare to the real deal.

       

      Actually, most physicians are not very helpful when it comes to back pain. Some just want to operate, some just want to stick needles in you, and some just give you pills. IMO, the best professional to see for spine pain is a really good physical therapist. My PT saved my life. Find one who is a fellow of the AAOMPT, that way you know he/she is one of the best.

       

      If you do want to see a spine specialist like me, anyone who specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation might be helpful too.

       

      Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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    • Rich
      September 26, 2011
      Rich
      September 26, 2011
      Sounds like I have a few options now.. Thank you so much for your time with this matter... I can finally have peace of mind about some things as well as having a direction to go.. Again thank you. READ MORE

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