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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
35 years experience in Pain Management
Yes: First line treatment would be medications such as neurontin, lyrica, (pregabalin) or cymbalta. These have a beneficial effect on neuralgic pain. A m ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience in Neurosurgery
Wear & tear: The end result of an active lifestyle combined with adverse genetics may include disc degeneration, bone spurs, arthritic spinal , (facet) joints, abn ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
38 years experience in Pain Management
Spinal disease: Neurosurgeons, physiatrists, pain management doctors, orthopedic spine surgeons.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Variable!: Degenerative is part of the human condition. It can be silent (no symptoms). It is often associated with discomfort in the neck, mid back, and low bac ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Not rare: Myositis ossificans can occur with any muscle injury that produces an inflammatory response. It often occurs and resolves without us knowing it. The m ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jin Packard
6 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Yes for some lung dz: Any condition that causes pulmonary hypertension (emphysema/copd, sleep apnea, fibrosis, scleroderma, etc) can lead to cor pulmonale (right-heart fail ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Define rare: At 1/4000 births this is relatively common compared to many genetically influenced afflictions. About a 3rd are new mutations and the others are passe ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Haug
13 years experience in Neurology
Initial description: This disorder was first described by dr. William r. Kennedy.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience in Neurosurgery
No: Primary brain cancer- brain cancer that starts in the brain such as astrocytomas are not rare. They are diagnosed about 17, 000 times each year. The ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shaym Puppala
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Hepatic encephalopat: Hepatic encephalopathy is probably not truly a degenerative brain disease, but it certainly causes confusion. It is caused by a build-up of ammonia f ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Something else.: Congenital heart defects are typically multifactorial in inheritance and have nothing to do with mitochondrial disease.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Nope.: Most congenital heart defects can be prevented with Folic Acid preconceptionally and have nothing to do with mitochondrial disorders.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
See below: Some hereditary problems called leukodystrophies, association with toxins, like glue sniffing, medication reactions, such as anti-cancer drugs. And, ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cynthia Archer
18 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes, that's rare.: Brain tumors are more common than some realize but they aren't especially common in people in their 20s, male or female. Most people in their 20s who ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Hard to tell: Kidney failure, in and of itself, doesn't directly cause any vascular conditions, however, it is a rare stand alone condition. It is usually caused by ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience in Rheumatology
There are: Seronegative spondyloarthropathies can attack the spine; however they do not cause degenerative disk disease which is what it sounds like you have di ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Complicated question: Liver failure causes scarring in the liver which impedes blood flow (interpreted by some as a vascular condition ) that causes swelling of the abdome ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
57 years experience in Neurology
No: Devic's disease is a rare demyelinating progressive disorder causing blindness and spinal cord problems.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Heart disease: Read this: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/funding/inits/rd_list.Htm.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Stupple
8 years experience in General Practice
Yes: The thoracic outlet is notable for the presence of arteries, veins, and nerves. This outlet may be compressed to various degrees by various means (pos ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Mayo
47 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: There is an increased incidence of dvt/ pulm embolism in pts with cancer. Arterial disease is far less common , but may me subject to vascular occlu ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
27 years experience in Family Medicine
Usually not: Endocarditis is an infection of the endocardium(one of the layers of our hearts) and can be quite severe in untreated. Vascular inflammations(or vasc ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Uncommon: Congenital cataracts are uncommon at birth and most do not affect vision so they would not be noted. If vision is affected, they would have been noti ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience in Neurology
Not yet: This is the one area where we all have hope that stem cells will provide a breakthrough, but we are a long ways away. However, there are now many rev ... Read More
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