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Dx: ddd and arthritis in lumbar spine. prescription norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) but it's not helping. I'm still in a lot of pain. What can I do to reduce my pain? In pt for 2.5 yrs.

Dx: ddd and arthritis in lumbar spine. prescription norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) but it's not helping. I'm still in a lot of pain. What can I do to reduce my pain? In pt for 2.5 yrs.

5 steps: 5 steps that help most of us - 1. Control body mass index (bmi) as close to 25 as possible. 2. Work hard on muscle strengthening (core muscles) 3. Detox from the narcotics as soon as possible (they perpetuate pain). 4. Flexion-extension xrays of the lumbar spine - to make sure you don't have spinal instability. 5. Read john sarno's book on back pain (order on amazon). ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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My. Dr said I have severe back arthritis / lumbar spine at age 64 recently and not to lift things until the next appt. I have been lifting. Risks?

My. Dr said I have severe back arthritis / lumbar spine at age 64 recently and not to lift things until the next appt. I have been lifting. Risks?

Only U can answer-: -as far as symptoms. if U mean a weight lifting program, U decide if it worth while. the DDD will if insulted daily can hasten is progress. if no lifting it will still progress. if it is related 2 Ur employment, B careful, U don't want 2 loose Ur job. try 2 find ways 2 use Ur knees & squat 4 lifting, or sign up 4 a different position if able. ...Read more

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Bone scan showed increased vascularity in pelvis. Could this be arthritis in my lumbar spine?

Bone scan showed increased vascularity in pelvis. Could this be arthritis in my lumbar spine?

Are you: referring to the vascular phase of a 3 phase bone scan? Lumbar spine pathology would localize to the lumbar spine on the bone scan, not the pelvis. ...Read more

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What is lumbar spine arthritis? Is it worst than degenerative or all in the same?

What is lumbar spine arthritis? Is it worst than degenerative or all in the same?

See details: They are the same thing in the overwhelming majority of cases. However, they are other forms of arthritis affecting the lumbar spine that are not degenerative, such as spondylitis. ...Read more

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My mother has a lumbar spine and back arthritis severe. Am I at risk of getting it too and how can I prevent this?

Potentially : There does appear to be some degree of a genetic component to the development of spinal problems, although it has yet to be well defined. Keeping your body weight ideal, avoiding smoking, and keeping your core strong are among the most common recommendations to try to avoid back problems. Don't hesitate ton see a specialist to discuss your specific case. ...Read more

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Can lumbar spine arthritis cause constant pain in my hips and groin?It even hurts to sit or lay. Could this be a hip impingement & a separate issue?

Can lumbar spine arthritis cause constant pain in my hips and groin?It even hurts to sit or lay. Could this be a hip impingement & a separate issue?

Hip pain: Yes, sounds like upper lumbar disc/spur/stenosis issues with referred pain th groin. Can still have additional hip arthritis on top of this. Check with orthopedic surgeon, get imaging. ...Read more

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Back, hip, shoulder, and chest pain all on the right side only! what is causing this? I had a clear lumbar spine mri, clear rhymetoid arthritis test. Physical therapist says my rt pelvis rotates

Back, hip, shoulder, and chest pain all on the right side only! what is causing this? I had a clear lumbar spine mri, clear rhymetoid arthritis test. Physical therapist says my rt pelvis rotates

Thoracic Spine: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more