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  • Serafina
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    Hello, I am 25 years old and i have very uncomfortable right leg pain that goes from my butt down the back of my leg and to my foot. I have also had really bad back lower back pain. I have seen an orthopeadic and she had taken an xray of my back and told me i had early arthiritis in my back and that most likely had a herniated disc and she wanted me to do physical therapy. A few days later I was reading the paper work she gave me and on the diagnosis it said disc herniation and degenerative disc disease. So I called her why did she write that on the paper but didnt tell me? And asked her if it is possible to see that on the xray and I requested her to order an MRI. Why do you think she didnt order an MRI right away? Now I have to wait to get an appointment to discuss the results with her. I am in the health field so I have been looking at the MRI pictures trying to see whats going on. I have been experiencing pain since the middle of December and I need answers. From what i can see all my discs look pretty dark. the disc between L5 and S1 looks very dark and buldging a bit into the nerve.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    By inferring from your email, you have had an MRI that notes multi-level degenerative disc disease and a herniation of the L5-S1 disc at the age of 25. Unfortunately, your genetics involve weak collagen fibers of the disc. You are going to have to learn to manage your degenerative disc disease with core strengthening, proper body mechanics and medications/injections for flair-ups.

    The leg pain most likely is from the herniation. If you have no motor strength deficit, then you might be a candidate for an epidural injection to treat the leg pain. If you do have motor weakness, then in my opinion, you would need to consider surgery.

    Your physician did tell you, in so many words that you have “arthritis” of the spine with a disc herniation. The term “arthritis” is a poor term for the degenerative changes of the spine but since so many people are familiar with the word arthritis, many physicians use it instead of degenerative disc disease.

    Dr. Corenman

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