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Is it possible for hyperparathyroidism to cause degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Ho-Sheng Lin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: There is a definite association between degenerative disc disease and hyperparathyroidism. The most common cause of degenerative joint disease is due to repetitive stress "wear and tear" on the joint. However, many systemic diseases, including hyperparathyroidism, can also exacerbate or cause degenerative joint disease.
Dr. Jesse Chuang
Nephrology and Dialysis 17 years experience
Possible: Hyperparathyroidism will cause bones to be broken down. Degenerative disc disease is the process where the discs are injured and inflammed. If bones are broken done, they can weaken and be more susceptiple to injury leading to bone pain.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
IndirectlyContribute: Hyperparathyroidism causes Osteoporosis as calcium from the bone is depleted and released in the circulation and that causes bones in the spine to be brittle due to lack of calcium and may contribute to Degenerative disc Disease

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What causes degenerative disc disease?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
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 allowing the internal disc contents to bulge or protrude. The space between the vertebrae may narrow, and the disc may dry out or dessicate. This eventuates in pain and stiffness.

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