collapsed discs

  1. 13 years ago

    DR. KELLEY,

    I WOULD LIKE SOME INFO ON COLLAPSED DISCS. MY SISTER HAD SURGERY A FEW YEARS AGO FOR A RUPTURED DISC, AND THE RUPTURED DISC WAS REMOVED. SHE NOW HAS BEEN TOLD SHE HAS 3 COLLAPSED DISCS AND HER TAILBONE IS NO LONGER CONNECTED TO HER SPINE. SHE IS IN ALOT OF PAIN AND TAKES MORPHINE 2TIMES A DAY.SHE HAS BEEN TOLD SURGERY IS HER ONLY OPTION. IS THERE ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE? SHE CAN'T WALK,SIT,STAND OR DO ANYTHING PHYSICAL. HER DR. TOLD HER NOT TO DO ANYTHING WHICH MIGHT CAUSE FURTHER DAMAGE.MY SISTER IS ONLY 44 AND I AM CONCERNED FOR HER MENTAL HEALTH ALSO. ANY

    SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

    BECKY IN LOUISVILLE,KY

  2. Doc Kelley

    Jun 2006 Administrator

    Hello Becky,

    Have you or your sister any idea why she now has 3 collapsed discs? Equally important, why is her tailbone no longer connected to her spine?

    What were the results of your sister's bone density study and/or bone scan? Are her vertebrae collapsing as well as her discs? Has there been any trauma that could have caused the collapses?

    Doc Kelley

  3. 11 years ago

    i am having surgery on collapsed discs im having a l3-l5 instrumental fusion with cages and bone graft just wondering what it means thanks

  4. Doc Kelley

    Feb 2009 Administrator

    Hello Julie,

    As you know, with collapsed discs between L3 and L5, you have less space for the nerves exiting your spine. This can result in pressure on the nerves going into your legs and feet. Symptoms could include severe pain, muscle weakness and other nerve problems (numbness, etc.). Since discs also help with movements of your spine, you may be noticing less mobility with your low back.

    The procedure you are having involves screwing titanium allow cages to your L3, L4, and L5 vertebrae. The cages are then packed with bone protein extract or bone material from your body. Within about 3 months this material will begin to become like your own bone and your newly fused L3 through L5 will probably begin to function as a single vertebra. The result should be lots less pain, discomfort and other symptoms for you.

    I hope this information is helpful.

    Best of Health,

    Doc Kelley

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