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Spine and Back Health

Lower back degeneration

08/28/2008

Question:

I have a 46 year old daughter that has been told that the covering on her lower spine is detiorating to the point that it can not be operated on and that it is a matter of time before she loses all feeling in her legs and she ends up in a wheel chair. Is there any way that we can prevent this from happening?

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about health but cannot diagnose or recommend treatment. You appear to have some very, very specific questions about your daughter's, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your daughter's history, physical exam, and test results. Your questions about the testing results you've been given or the risks, benefits, and alternatives for proposed treatments of this condition need to be directed to her treating physician(s). You both should insist that they answer these questions in a way that you are able to understand before consenting to any treatment. If her physician is unable to help you both understand these issues, she should get a second opinion. Take care.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University