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Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
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 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Nelson
22 years experience Neurology
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
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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
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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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience Rheumatology
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes diagnosed when vertebr ... 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 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 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Disc herniation: The disc between two vertebrae is made of outer annulus and an inner pulposis. When there is a tear in the annulus some of the pulposis can squeeze ou ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes and no: Scoliosis and osteoarthritis, including degenerative discs, are related. Fibromyalgia is not directly related to the other issues.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Yes: As you have likely heard, it is not the fall but the landing. Repetitive forceful drops can be transmitted to the spine and accelerate normal wear and ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tibor Becske
30 years experience Neurology
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
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A female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
36 years experience Pain Management
Herniated disc: Lumbar discs can herniate (slip) due to several reasons, main ones being lifting while bending down, sudden jerky motion etc. Usually if a disc does n ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bolesta
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Exercise: Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise, 30 minutes at least three days a week can reduce pain. Strengthen your core muscles (back and tummy). Physical the ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Working with a chiropractor is a common conservative treatment option. Check out spine-health.Com.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Atif Haque
17 years experience Neurosurgery
Lifestyle limited?: I tell my pre-op patients with your problem that if they have failed conservative therapies and the symptoms are still limiting their daily routines/a ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: If you haven't been evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon - recommend that.
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Levine
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Symptoms?: It's hard to give advice without knowing what's bothering you. The mere presence of spondylolsis may not need any treatment at all. Most likely pt wil ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Nonsensical: The spinal cord ends at about l-2, and most common disc issues are present at l4-5, and l-5-s-1. In order for a disc to affect the spinal cord, we ar ... 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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
29 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
So? Forget the MRIs: Your only 27, we don't treat mris, we treat people. It doesn't matter what the studies show because we have to treat you. Certain spinal conditions ha ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
See below : Lumbar spondylysis just essentially refers to the development of degernerstive changes within the spine. A herniated disc is a condition in which a p ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
53 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Sometimes: Back manipulation provide some benefits especially if the problems are due to to facet joint disease.
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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