A 34-year-old female asked:
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how could lupus affect the spine? could it cause degenerative disc disease or ruptured disc?

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Dr. Zachary Levine
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Autoimmune disease: Lupus usually does not directly effect the spine or disks. There are pains, myalgias associated with lupus. In general lupus is not a direct player in spinal joint issues. Lupus can effect the spinal cord and brain, but this is a completely different matter and generally does not cause pain.
Answered on Dec 5, 2017
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