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#69183 - 06/19/07 02:20 PM anterior osteophytosis
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Hi everyone I saw my Neurologist today for other medical problems and asked for a copy of the result of my Cat scan I had done last year but need help to understand it.

There is mild anterior osteophytosis visualized at all levels
L2-L3 and L3-L4 levels: There is no disc bulge. There is no central canal stenosis. Neural foramina are patent. Facet joints are normal
There is gas in the anterior aspect of L3-L4 disc in keeping with degenerative disc changes.

L4-L5 Level There is a small left foramen disc bulge and far lateral.

L5-S1 There is small disc bulge not compromising nerve roots. There is no central canal stenosis. Neural foramina are patent.

There is bilateral vacuum phenomenon in the sacroiliac joints. Mild anterior osteophytes are noted in the left sacroiliac joint

What is anterior osteophytosis?

Thanks

Sue
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Suewatters1 44years old
ADHD, CIDP, Tendinitis and back problems
Tested positive for HLA-B27.

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#69184 - 06/19/07 03:50 PM Re: anterior osteophytosis
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MRIs of my spine always mention osteophytes. I was always told it was degenerative arthritis. I searched a little for you and found this. Hope it helps.

The medical term for bone spurs is osteophytes, and they represent an enlargement of the normal bony structure. Basically, osteophytes are a radiographic marker of spinal degeneration (aging) and are by and large a normal finding as we age. Over the age of 60, bone spurs are actually quite common.

Osteophytosis - a condition characterized by formation of multiple osteophytes.

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#69185 - 06/19/07 04:05 PM Re: anterior osteophytosis
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Thanks seven86. I am not 60 years old yet but I read that also. I found that it doesn't explain it very well on the internet maybe because it is not a general term used as much anymore. When I see my Rheumatologist next week I will ask him just I couldn't wait to get answers and could find so little on that exact term.

Thanks again

Sue
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Suewatters1 44years old
ADHD, CIDP, Tendinitis and back problems
Tested positive for HLA-B27.

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#69186 - 06/19/07 04:54 PM Re: anterior osteophytosis
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I'd be interested what your rheumatologist has to say. I've had these show up on xrays and MRIs since my 30s and was told I was too young to have that much degenerative arthritis.

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#69187 - 06/19/07 05:36 PM Re: anterior osteophytosis
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seven86 Will post back when I know more.

Sue
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Suewatters1 44years old
ADHD, CIDP, Tendinitis and back problems
Tested positive for HLA-B27.

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#69188 - 06/22/07 03:19 PM Re: anterior osteophytosis
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#69189 - 06/26/07 05:05 PM Re: anterior osteophytosis
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My Rheumatologist told me my Cat scan showed normal wear and tear only. I have no psoriasis on my scalp right now when he looked and he told me my Doppler ultrasound came back normal even though I have signs of Raynaud's. He gave me a different prescription for my tendinitis since it is not improving and told me I don't see him anymore. But he will tell my family DR if I still have problems with my Raynaud's symptoms that he gave him some suggestion of medication he can give me. He figures my CIDP is causing the temperature changes and did my Neurologist ever suggested my going on disability. I have some of the signs of PSa but I guess not enough to raise a red flag for him.

Thanks everyone for your help and advice
My Neurologist is ordering 5 days of IVIG for me and the Rheumatologist said that might help me.

Sue
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Suewatters1 44years old
ADHD, CIDP, Tendinitis and back problems
Tested positive for HLA-B27.

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#69190 - 06/28/07 10:37 AM Re: anterior osteophytosis
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Sue, Seven gave you a pretty decent description of Osteophytosis. The anterior is just an adjective pertaining to location. Anterior means front, where posterior (like we sometimes refer to our rear ends) means back.

I'm a little confused as to why, with multiple osteophytes and non-responsive tendonitis, he'd tell you that you no longer need follow up with him. This seems to me to be a part of AS, after all, gradually enlarging osteophytes is what leads to the fusion that we are all hoping to avoid. I'd think that these osteophytes in someone your age would be considered to be far more than "normal wear and tear" and if I were you, I'd be looking for a second opinion.

Something to look into further for your possible Reymaud's is sympathectomies. This provedure is usually done by a Pain Mgmt Specialist and the purpose is to "numb" the sympathetic nerves into relaxation thereby increasing the circulation into the affected limb. My Mom has very poopr circulation to her legs and has a sympathectomy to each side of her lumbar side every Fall. The improvement is near to miraculous. Our PM DOc has told us that he gives his cell # out to his Reynaud's patients so that they can call him directly in the event that they have a crises and need to be seem immediately.

I hope you get some answers and relief soon.
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#69191 - 06/28/07 01:27 PM Re: anterior osteophytosis
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Thanks Keah Even my physiotherapist I see to help me get more strength says the same thing as the Rheumatologist. I will keep doing the same old thing and if I have more problems I will tell my family DR. I asked the Rheumy about the fact I sometimes get bumps on my tongue. His response was that was not his area of expertise (or something to that effect). I didn't tell him it looks a bit like a geographic tongue. Well he did check my posture and made me move my neck which I don't have problem with or bending down as far as I can. He was satisfied.

Thanks for you input. I agree with you. I am so frustrated now since work is giving me a hard time.
I may just stay on these boards to learn more in case I seem to develop more symptoms.

Thanks Everyone

Sue
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Suewatters1 44years old
ADHD, CIDP, Tendinitis and back problems
Tested positive for HLA-B27.

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#69192 - 06/29/07 01:14 PM Re: anterior osteophytosis
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Hey everyone I thought this website had an interesting topic article A Patient's Guide to Spondyloarthropathies
http://www.eorthopod.com/eorthopodV2/ind...dea6140b/area/2

Sue
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Suewatters1 44years old
ADHD, CIDP, Tendinitis and back problems
Tested positive for HLA-B27.

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