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Can you tell me the life expectancy of an individual with degenerative cervical and lumbar disc disease

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Probably normal: Disk degeneration by itself does not affect lifespan. Your longevity is more affected by other factors (genetics, blood pressure, heart-lung-other int... Read More
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
There is no bearing: On life expectancy and the presence or absence of degenerative disc disease.

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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice 51 years experience
If surgery ,physical: thearpy , oral pain medications , epidural injections fails to give you a relief the next step would be spinal stimulation implant.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Betts
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Ozone injections: With the exception of ozone injected into a blood vessel (very bad complications) there are no known complications but also this therapy is questiona... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
The studies are hit: Or miss with glucosamine for joints overall, and discs are a difficult area to get nutrients to, so they may not be able to get much from glucosamine.... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
Elliptical: Trainers and spin cycles for cardio and fixed weight machines such as nautilus for strength. Follow back strengthening exercises as instructed by a s... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 26 years experience
Unsure of question: Most surgeons exhaust non-operative care before recommending surgery. Non-operative care can include medications (anti-infammatory arthritis type medi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 54 years experience
No: There is no scientific evidence that this makes any difference.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Muscle relaxant: He can use either. I would suggest he try Zanaflex (tizanidine) first. Keep in mind both can cause some drowsiness.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 54 years experience
Disc not intact: Disc protusion means that the soft part of your disc is bulging through an ares of weakness of the tough outer layer.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Yes: Most do not get worse, but occasionally they do. Check out spine-health.Com.

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