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Best Treatment For Degenerative Disc Disease
A sequence: Degenerative discs leak fluid which sets up a significant inflammation with pain and sometimes dysfunction of sensory and functional nerves. Treatment includes rest, ice (not heat) and good physical therapy along with nsaids. Steroid injections can sometimes help. If the condition persists more than 3 months, surgery is sometimes needed. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for degenerative disc disease. I am taking pain meds now they do not help at all?
Depends on symptoms: Degenerative disc disease, is a misnomer -- and not a disease. Just normal wear & tear that occurs w/ age -- it typically starts in the 2nd decade of life, everyone experiences this--equivalent to skin wrinkles (:degenerative skin disease"), gray hair ("degenerative hair disease"). In of itself needs no treatment. If symptoms present, ask your spine surgeon to guide you through finding the source. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meds/Shots/Surgery: First line--medications (advil, aleve, (naproxen) etc.--avoid opiates if you can!) as needed for pain relief, ergonomic adjustments at work (good seating posture/distance from computer, etc.), gentle neck exercises. Second-line: steroid+/- Lidocaine injections for pain not controlled with medications. These injections last from a few weeks to several months. Third line: neck surgery. The results are mixed! ...Read more
I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and was told there's no treatment. Is there anything to alleviate the extreme pain associated?
DDD: Whomever told you that you have ddd may have missed the problem. Extreme pain in a young person from "ddd" is rare. If "ddd" is multiple levels, you have scheuermann's disease most likely. If single level, you likely have some sort of instability or stress fracture, infection, or other abnormality. I would suggest another opinion before i relegated myself to this diagnosis the rest of my life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back hurting, X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?
My back hurting X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?
Diagnosis critical: There don't seem to be many physicians who have skills in diagnosing back disease. Some rheumatologists and some physiatrists and some orthopedic surgeons, but the findings you describe are probably not the cause or related to the pain. ...Read more
Have degenerative disc disease, allergic to anesthesia, can't b put under Had 2 discs replaced prior to allergy Any option for treatment without sleep?
Very doubtful : you're allergic to all anesthetics. Need to find anesthetics you can use and make plan ...Read more
Are there any non-invasive treatments for degenerative disc disease? I want to avoid surgery as long as i can. Is there anything non-invasive that can give me relief from my degenerative disc disease?
Treatments : Treatments include: non-invasive - rest, activity modification, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medication minimally invasive - steroid injections, endoscopic spine surgery treating facet joints and disks (endoscopic rhizotomy and endoscopic discectomy), pain stimulators and pain pumps, weight loss procedures invasive - traditional lumbar discectomy, laminectomy and spinal fusion. Please see my health guides on endoscopic rhizotomy and discectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes It is possible: Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now
Spinal Surgeon: It appears that you have tried many forms of conservative. I would recommend that you seek the care of a spinal surgeon. If you have nerve root compression secondary to a disc herniation, facet arthrosis, foraminal stenosis or lateral stenosis, surgical decompression may be in your future. See a spinal surgeon! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a cure for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease? I am overweight and cannot walk more than 10 steps without severe pain.
Treatment not cure: Lumbar degenerative disc disease can usually be managed with weight loss, exercise, anti-inflammatories and non-narcotic pain relievers. Surgery is reserved for severe cases accompanied by stenosis or necrologic symptoms. Diabetes and obesity compromise the outcome of surgery. ...Read more
My MRI result shows I have degenerative disc disease with lumbar spondylosis, and then my doctor said also have pott's disease any cure for this?
Concerning: Pott's disease is a serious infection causing fracture of the spine. This requires a long treatment. During your care, there is no harm in caring for your degenerative disc disease by walking and slow strengthening exercises.. If walking is painful, supporting your posture with a brace may be needed for a while. Avoid lifting, twisting, or walking down hill. ...Read more
Best calcium supplement for a 27 yr old female with degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis? Citrate, carbonate, gluconate, phosphate?
No difference: The differences are not significant enough when it comes to clinical results. ...Read more
What is the best painkiller for degenerative disc disease I'm currently on norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen)?
What is a natural cure for facet joint arthritis/degenerative disc disease in lower lumbar spine?
I have been experiencing chronic pain due to fibromyalgia degenerative disc disease hip arthritis insomnia and digestive issues no treatment is help?
Fibromyalgia/gluten: U are most likely an individual who has fibromyalgia in association with gluten intolerance. I would suggest that you go on a gluten-free diet and get tested for gluten allergies. Control of fibromyalgia is difficult but can be attained utilizing certain neuropathic pain medications and regular exercise. RE Case S (2005). The gluten-free diet: How to provide effective education and resources. ...Read more
Maybe: It is impossible to give you a reliable answer without data. For how long have you been unable to walk, how much the inability is due to weakness vs pain, what your spine imaging shows, are all critical factors. Your phyisicans (who should be neurologists, neurosurgeons, or orthopedists, and perhaps rehab specialists) can best judge. ...Read more
Everybody!: Unfortunately, as we age, everyone is at risk for degenerative disc disease. However, the risk is higher in individuals with the following: 1. Smoking 2. Obesity 3. High demand jobs involving a lot of vibration, repetitive bending, or lifting (such as truck drivers, construction workers, jobs involving frequent heavy lifting, etc.) 4. Genetic tendency in families 5. Trauma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for ddd and osteoarthritis of the spine include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation. If symptoms are more severe, consider pain management for stronger medications. Sometimes, despite all these treatments, symptoms are still there. See your doctor first. Consider an evaluation by a spine surgeon to discuss surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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