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Thoracic degenerative disc disease

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
See doctor: Degenerative disc disease of the thoracic spine can cause rib pain, chest pain, and shortness of breath ( from pain) but it shouldn't cause palpitatio... Read More

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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
Neurology 23 years experience
It is normal for age: It is unfortunate that they use the word disease to describe the mild changes of your lumbar and thoracic spine. I never see a MRI report that is int... Read More
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Disc disease: Being male and 31 years old mild disc disease is a common finding and if not associated with any pain or weakness there are no surgical indications fo... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Compression fracture: A compression fracture in and of itself, since it is a condition entirely within the bone (vertebra), does not affect the adjacent discs. However, it... Read More
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
No: No way to conmect the two.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tibor Becske
Neurology 31 years experience
Unlikely: It depends on your job and on your discs. We all will have disc disease as we get middle aged or older. To what extent a job contributes is hard to kn... Read More
A 85-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
A sequence: Degenerative discs leak fluid which sets up a significant inflammation with pain and sometimes dysfunction of sensory and functional nerves. Treatmen... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Non-surgical treat: Best to avoid surgery, if possible. Use of physical therapy, massage, exercise, muscle relaxants, and pain meds can all play a role. Acupuncture may... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Pushkarewicz
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
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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