One of these disks is not like the others
Lately I have complained to many of my riding companions about my achin’ back. This post is my attempt to justify my whining. Maybe I can also glean a few precious drops of sympathy at the same time.
The photo below is from an MRI I had today (they were nice enough to give me the images on a CD, woo hoo!). See the huge splotch I labeled “OUCH”? That is my L5-S1 disk, and it is crowding my
icebox spinal cord. Like the jelly doughnut, a disk is composed of an enclosing outer layer with a gooey inside. The goo has been compressed out of the vertebral space into the nerves. Pain ensues.