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the end stages of degenerative disc disease

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Wear and tear: Since we are bipeds and walk upright, our discs support a great deal of pressure. Over time the support fibers (annulous fibrosis) may fray or split ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Yes: Living in florida and being 39 you can be developing osteoarthritis of the spine. You can tell from plain x-rays. Are the vertebral bodies getting clo ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Wear and tear: Since we are bipeds and walk upright, our discs support a great deal of pressure. Over time the support fibers (annulous fibrosis) may fray or split ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Collapse: Discs lose water content and sponginess. More load on the facets causing them to hypertrophy. This in turn leads to more nerve root compromise. May ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Pain in the spine : Region like neck or lower back with some pain with prolonged positioning like sitting or change of position but better lying down or with exercises ro ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karl Schultz
28 years experience Neurosurgery
YES: Degenerative disk "disease" is a misnomer. This is not a disease but rather describes the normal age related processes that occur to our disks. These ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Washburn
19 years experience Family Medicine
Not really: I wouldn't say the terms are interchangeable, but certainly degenerative disc disease can be seen as disc space narrowing as described on xrays and ot ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
It means you are old: It means you are getting to a ripe old age or you have a geneitic predispostion to develop this or you were or are a smoker or sll the above.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Schlessel
Specializes in General Surgery
No: It does not spread but can occur at multiple disc spaces.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Degenerative disc disease (ddd) and arthritis are very similar, and often are considered the same. Arthritis, however, is a broader term that can incl ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
No-there are 5 types: There are 5 different types of psoriatic arthritis. Back involvement is one type of these and there can be overlaps. Your rheumatologist can better ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfred Kim
15 years experience Rheumatology
Inability to breathe: Polymyositis is immune injury to skeletal muscle, leading to weakness. If left untreated, it can affect the diaphragm which helps you breathe. This ca ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Death: While motor dysfunction occurs early, cognition, depression, and dementia occur in later stages. There is gradual loss of motor control, even swallow ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Pushkarewicz
37 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not same , related. : Degenerative disc disease or ddd, refers to a wearing down of the fibrous discs between the vertebral bodies of the spine. Arthritis, usually refers ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Cohen
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Bad Disk disease: You have some form of degenerative arthritis or disk disease most likely pressing on a nerve root causing your symptoms.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Deepak Gupta
36 years experience Rheumatology
DJD: Basically the same thing
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suzanne Ferreee
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Unfortunately, people with Parkinson's often go from ambulatory and verile to bed-bound and senile in the end stages. Many medications can delay this ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: It may remain localized to one or two specific areas.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Bleeding: Bleeding, swelling , pain and sensitivity.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Tremor: Early, there may be a resting tremor unilaterally, and perhaps some focal stiffness. Later, the gait may become impaired, with short unsteady steps, a ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
18 years experience Hand Surgery
Possible: Certain forms of arthritis can have a familial pattern.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Greenbaum
36 years experience Rheumatology
Osteoarthritis (OA): Osteoarthritis (oa) is the most common type of arthritis. The older a person is, the more likely they have oa. Commonly effected areas include finge ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angus Worthing
17 years experience Internal Medicine
Stiff sore joints: Stiffness after sleeping or sitting still, then pain and swelling progress and can end up lasting day and night. A rheumatologist is an expert in DJD ... Read More
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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vikas Patel
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Many cause: Spine degeneration has many causes and most of which are really not well understood. Some people get degeneration earlier than others and no one real ... Read More
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