Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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Your Schmorl’s nodes go along with soft endplates when you were young. This can be a form of Scheuermann’s disorder associated with degenerative disc disease in the thoracic spine which has a higher chance of herniation. Classic Scheuermann’s has wedging of vertebra and deformity but there is a variant that only has endplate changes without deformity. It is what it is- so don’t think too long and hard about it.

I still think at your point that epidurals can be effective. The success rate is not 100% but I believe relief can be gained in about 60-70% of patients. The question is how long the relief may last. It may be 3 weeks or 9 months. The pain level may drop by some percentage also permanently.

Dr. Corenman