Newbie here...Hard Disc Formation

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meOmy
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   Posted 1/18/2006 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, I've enjoyed reading and learning more about our condition here so decided to join and begin asking some questions.
 
In August I had an MRI on my upper and lower spine.  It came back showing "hard disc formation" in both places.  Have any of you had this show up?  I understand what it is but was wondering what diagnosis the doctor gave you.  When the nurse called me back in August with the results I asked her if it was Spondylisis and she said yes.  Last week I asked my doctor what the medical word for "hard disc formation" was and she said osteoarthritis.  I didn't mention what the nurse said, but now wish I had.
 
So, I'm looking for some feedback from all of you.
 
Thanks in advance,
meOmy

CaMama
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   Posted 1/18/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi there meOmy and welcome to HW! There are a lot of knowledgable people out there and someone will respond soon, I'm sure.

Thankfully, I have yet to be dealing with spine problems - at least any that are diagnosed as issues - hopefully I'll slide past that one as everything else is an issue with me! :-)

Have you done a google search or looked at the resource center here on HW? You might find some information stating if it is the same thing or not.

Good luck!

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erin.K
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   Posted 1/18/2006 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh me-Oh MY!
Alright...here I go and giving this one my best shot as to cover what the RN and MD were MOST LIKELY trying to spit out. (I'm in nursing by the way).
In a way, they BOTH are right.  You state that the MRI showed hard disc formation in the upper & lower spine. 
* One said spondylolysis which is in fact the breaking down or breakdown of a vertebral structure.  This can happen both cervical and lumbar. 
So when ya think of it, it's a "bone on bone" thing happening....
* which also makes the Dr. correct in saying "osteoarthritis".   Osteoarthritis being the progressive deterioration of the synovial joints and vertebre.  And one can have OA of the spine, both upper and lower.
What is the proper diagnosis?  I'm guessing OA of the spine.  It would be a different story if it were a "boney formation" or a fusion of the vertebre.
Are you in much pain?  How's your posture?
Are you under the care of a spine specialist?
Welcome to HW! and I hope this helped a smidge if any!  Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Sincerely,
Erin

erin.K
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   Posted 1/18/2006 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   

**** forgot to add that my grandmother's MRI a long time ago read "hard disc formation" and she was Dx and treated for OA of the spine.

you had asked for what people were diagnosed with.

take care.


meOmy
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   Posted 1/20/2006 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your help Erin.
 
You asked if I'm in much pain.  It depends on how much I've pushed myself the day before and what the weather is like.  But, overall my body hurts 24/7, just varies in intensity.  This has been going on since 1997 but just last year finally got diagnosed.
 
How's my posture?  When I was a teen my mom would say "quit slouching!"  Now, at 40 years old I still slouch but am more aware of it now and straighten myself up.
 
Do I go to a spine specialist?  That's one that I've been debating on.  My family doctor doesn't recommend back surgery for anyone because it's so risky.  I know someone who had back surgery that went bad.  So, if I start going to a spine specialist are they going to constantly talk surgery?  Also, what is a spine specialist called?  What would they do that my family doctor doesn't?  I see a lot of you talk about a rheumotologist (sp) is that the same thing?  I'm the type that doesn't go to doctors unless absolutely necessary, which means I've never gone to a specialist of any kind so I'm lost in that area.
 
Thanks!

erin.K
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   Posted 1/20/2006 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

A rheumatologist would be a great place to start!  and believe me, they won't talk surgery...i highly doubt that!  a rheummy specializes in joints, joint disease and deterioration, OA, RA, vertebre and disc problems too.

There are some facilities called "Spinal Health & Rehabilitation" centers.  There are hospitals dedicated specifically to vertebre and spines.  Even if you see a spinal surgeon...does not necessarily mean he will push surgery (unless it's a knife happy Dr.!), many times these are the best docs to see because they  have seen it all! & can stear you in the right direction.  these docs are usually neurosurgeons or spinal surgeons.  many cases do not need surgery, but rather physical therapy & some antiinflammatories etc....

Try looking in the yellow pages in the phone book and i'm sure you'll find a slew of physicians that fall under this categorie.

Then again, if you feel good with your regular primary Dr., then stick with him!  The doc can also refer you out to a PT, or consult with a rheummy.

But if I were you...I would think about seeing a rheummy to start out with first.

Heck...there are even some excellent chiropracters that are highly knowledgeable in this area too.

The best to you!


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meOmy
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   Posted 1/21/2006 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Erin,
Thanks for for answering my questions, I truly appreciate it.
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