My ( very limited ) understanding of this makes me wonder if the damage at T11 and T 12 is from the osteoporosis and the damage from L2 through S1 is from the osteoarthritis,, This is a conversation I will have with my PC .Something tells me it will be a long conversation ,
The Pain Management Clinic I am going to does acupuncture and I am hoping it is something that can be included in my treatment plan.
I am also hoping that swimming is something we can work into my exercise plan
I see my PC on the 16th and go back to Pain Management on the 23rd so I have much research to do before then.
I am considering Fosamax as an osteoporosis med.Fosamax has been on the market the longest, seems to have the least side effects and is proven to strengthen bone in the spine But I am also wondering if a shot may be better tolerated than a pill because of my digestive issues ..
I have not seen my PC yet ,, I see him the middle of March.
My ortho read the report said the disc herniation is mild and not currently needing surgery . and asked if I would go to see a back surgeon about the herniated dics ( for a second opinion) , I said no it would be a waste of time since I will not currently consider surgery .
I was sent to the Pain Management Clinic , the doc there referred to it as Degenerative joint disease .He asked if my PC and I have discussed osteoporosis meds I said he has mentioned it and I see him again in March he said "good plan". I thought Degenerative joint disease was associated with osteoarthritis ??
What the report said ::
""There is old anterior wedging of T11 and T 12 , with focal central compression. A few Schomorl's nodes are incidentally noted .
There are degenerative change with endplate change,particularly L5-S1. There is degenerative signal with in the T11-12 and L2-3 through L5-S1 intervertebral discs.
The visualized spinal cord appears unremarkable , with the conus medullaris ending at about the T12-L1 level.
There appears to be bilteral foraminal narrowing at L2-3 through L5-S1.
at L2-3 there is mild disc bulge and hypertrophic changes posteriorly with narrowing of the spinal canal.
At L3-4 there is mild disc bulge and hypertrophic changess posteriorly with narrowing of the spinal canal
At L4-5 there is mild disc bulge and hypertrophic changes posteriorly with narrowing of the spinal canal
At L5-S1there is mild disc bulge , a smal broad-based left lateral disc herniation into the neural foramina on the left, as well as hypertrophic change posteriorly, with narrowing of the spinal canal
Mulitlevel disease L2-3 through L5-S1, including small broad -based left lateral disc herniation into the neural foramina on the left at L5-S1 and narrowing of the spinal canal at L2-3 through L5-S1
Apparent biateral neural foraminal narrowing at L2-3 through L5-S1
Mild old anterior wedging T11 and T12 with focal central compression