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Here's a real quick tutorial on facet arthropathy.

As you age, your discs lose their height. For some people, the discs become flat enough that the facet joints begin to rub together. When this happens, the facet joints become "arthritic" and become deformed and develop spurs. Those spurs can become large enough to press on the nerve roots in the foramen, or even in the central canal.

Do a search for "lumbar spinal stenosis" and you will find quite a bit about this problem. The rules of this board prevent me from pointing you to specific web sites.

I have facet arthropathy bi-laterally at L5/S1. My symptoms were nerve pain in the L5 dermatome (down the leg and into the foot). I recently had a minimally-invasive decompression done on the left L5 nerve root.
[QUOTE=Pippin]Here's a real quick tutorial on facet arthropathy.

As you age, your discs lose their height. For some people, the discs become flat enough that the facet joints begin to rub together. When this happens, the facet joints become "arthritic" and become deformed and develop spurs. Those spurs can become large enough to press on the nerve roots in the foramen, or even in the central canal.

Do a search for "lumbar spinal stenosis" and you will find quite a bit about this problem. The rules of this board prevent me from pointing you to specific web sites.

I have facet arthropathy bi-laterally at L5/S1. My symptoms were nerve pain in the L5 dermatome (down the leg and into the foot). I recently had a minimally-invasive decompression done on the left L5 nerve root.[/QUOTE]

just curious, did an MRI show that something was pressing on the nerve? did the MRI show a bone spur? I had an MRI and it didn't show anything but a slight bulge in my disk, but for months now my nerve and the area around it is inflammed. If I go into the child's pose (yoga) you can feel the area that is all swollen. Nothing seems to help. If you look at my back when I am in that position you can physically see it. It is WAY swollen. I am thinking about taking Neurontin but am waiting for a time when I can take it and not worry about the side effects interfering with my life.

I did manage to get rid of some other bone spurs that I had in the shoulder area with a high calcium diet.

Since it is not the disks that is causing me pain, but the nerve that is obviously in question, I am not sure what to do next. I can't take NSID's as they make me WAY sick.

As we age the disks flatten out, herniate, or bulge and everyone suffers from DDD at some point after the age of thirty. Does that mean that all of us are going to become arthritic? Scary thought.

The part that scared me when I researched our bodies is that starting at age thirty our bodies start going backwards.





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