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Lumbar Strain and Lumbar Spondylosis, .... Not degenerative disk with scoliosis

Hello:

I went to see 'second opinion' before going for 'injection' with opioid, because I started to fear that once I got an injection-therapy, I might end up with it semi-permanently.  I might get stuck whether it works or not. 

My new Spinal-specialist is one of expert and most experienced spine Drs. in this region.   He looked at an MRI and told me that I have Lumbar Spondylosis with Lumbar Strain and rx'ed Meloxicam 15 mg. adding my current pain meds., Tylenol 650 mg. and Gabapentin 400mg per day.  Miraculously, those med. combo. immediately alleviated pain I had just days before. He also, recommend to take Physical Therapy  which I feel no need because there is no more pain in both, lower back and fingers. 

Although the Dr. diagnosed less severe form of my lower back problem, I, also suspect that down the road, I might develop 'degenerative disk' and 'scoliosis?'

Any thoughts on this regard would be truly appreciated.

Thanks, 

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 129

    You should really be posting this on Spine-Health

    This is where all spinal conditions, treatments and other related items are discussed with the member community.

    You are on Arthritis-Health , which primarily focus on different types of Arthritis, Treatments, medications, etc

    I do have some questions that hopefully you can clarify

    You said you had an injections with Opioid ... What kind of an injection was that?   I am not aware of injections that deliver opioids,  steroids yes.

    Also since your doctor diagnosed  you with Lumbar Spondylosis (do you know what degree) and Lumbar Strain, I dont see how that combination is going to lead to Degenerative Disc Disease and Scoliosis.

    Degenerative Disc Disease is a spinal alignment that almost every human will have some form of it by the time they are in the late 20's  And for Scoliosis , most of the time, that has been identified and diagnosed before you reach puberty.

    So, are those formal diagnosis by your doctor?  or your speculation?

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
     I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com  
  • Finger19FFinger19 Posts: 4

    Thanks for the response with a broad knowledge regarding Spine-issues. 

    As mentioned previously, I went to Spine specialist whose practice is primarily 'pain' Center, not a traditional Spine Specialist.  However, at the time when I visited, I was not aware of his practice due to fairly new to 'Spine' issue which developed conspicuously since early Spring.

    The first specialist showed an image of  my vertebrae on MRI which I brought with me and he told me that there are few of lower back disk have 'curved' not straight that causing pain.  For that, he mentioned an 'Injection.'  After back to home with some rest, I looked at an instruction, it says, .... 'Opioid med. require a follow up visit ........ etc.that made me really scared. The unletless fear  sent me to another, more traditional Spine Specialist who rx'ed Meloxicam 15 mg along with a slip for PT after examining carefully an MRI I brought with me.

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    Also since your doctor diagnosed  you with Lumbar Spondylosis (do you know what degree) and Lumbar Strain, I dont see how that combination is going to lead to Degenerative Disc Disease and Scoliosis.

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    Since I never mentioned the previous Spine Dr. whose dx was 'degenerative disc disease and scoliosis,' then he went for his dx., Lumber Spondylosis(I have no idea, but I put '6' out of '10' on pain-chart given upon seeing the Dr.)  and Lumber Strain. 

    I believe the current, conservative and more experienced Spine Dr.,as knowing that there is NO more pain in both lower back and fingers after taking med. combo. 

    I must be truly happy to know that if there is no connection between Degenerative Disk with Scoliosis and Lumber Spondylosis.  I can live with the newly dx'ed Spondylosis.  Just need to take care of myself not working hard in the backyard from now on even though I care very deeply for many flowers and shrubs.


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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 129

    As our registration material states, there are no medical professionals on this forum site, therefore, we cannot provide medical advice or diagnosis.   That is based on personal experiences and medical research.

    Finger19 said:
    no connection between Degenerative Disk with Scoliosis

    my response was

    dilauro said:
    I dont see how that combination is going to lead to Degenerative Disc Disease and Scoliosis.

    The key being I dont see... I have never heard or read about that, but anything with the spine is possible.   The only person to tell you definitely without doubt is your spinal doctor.

    But as you said, you are not really in pain, so watching the way you do things is the right way to help avoid future problems.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
     I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com  
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