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Can herbal supplements help to aid degenerative disc disease?

Can herbal supplements help to aid degenerative disc disease?

Possible : There are herbal supplements that contain analgesic or pain relieving effects as ones with anti inflammatory effects. The problem is that these herbal supplements are not regulated so that the quality or potency of their contents is variable an unknown. They can act to help symptoms but will not affect the progression of disc degeneration. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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I suffer with degenerative disc disease & taking paracetamol. Can I take herbal boswellia/turmeric/tartcherry along side until herbal 'kicks in' ?

I suffer with degenerative disc disease & taking paracetamol.  Can I take herbal boswellia/turmeric/tartcherry along side until herbal 'kicks in' ?

Probably: There isn't any good data that suggests that the combination of the herbals/paracetamol should cause problems. Be aware that the paracetamol can probably cause the most problems and that you should adhere closely with recommended dosing guidelines so that you don't damage your liver. ...Read more

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What are more options to treat degenerative disc disease other that injection and p.T.?

What are more options to treat degenerative disc disease other that injection and p.T.?

Exercises: Degenerative disc disease is a process of normal aging. Would advise you to participate in aquatic and land based exercises. Pilates & yoga may beneficial. Judicious use of otc nsaids may used. ...Read more

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I stop lifting weights because of degenerative disc disease. Could I go back to lifting weights or even go back to the gym.?

I stop lifting weights because of degenerative disc disease. Could I go back to lifting weights or even go back to the gym.?

Yes with lifestyle: Changes incorporating an exercise routines hat can include weights but avoid heavy weights and deadlifts utilizing a bench for these workouts with lower weights and higher reps, proper weight control, smoking cessation, possible use of a back support, making sure your mattress is good and sometimes use of over the counter medications if no medical reasons not for their use. Exercise is key! ...Read more

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Is lodine (etodolac) a good medicine to take for degenerative disc disease?

Is lodine (etodolac) a good medicine to take for degenerative disc disease?

Etodolac: Lodine, or etodolac, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and generally does well for degenerative disease in the joints and spine. However, don't forget the importance of strengthening and improving the flexibility of the nearby muscles - this can do even more than medicine to help with degenerative pains. ...Read more

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Could severe cervical degenerative disc disease cause or contribute to TMJ?

Could severe cervical degenerative disc disease cause or contribute to TMJ?

No...: It will be a separate issue........The disease for which you are taking Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)...may cause it. ...Read more

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What yoga poses should I avoid if I have been diagnosed as having degenerative disc disease?

What yoga poses should I avoid if I have been diagnosed as having degenerative disc disease?

None unless they: Aggravate your symptoms. Exercise in terms of flexibility, core strengthening and cardiovascular routines will help to control your symptoms along with lifestyle considerations like: adequate sleep, weight control , not smoking and good dietary intake of calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease but I can't tell where?

My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease but I can't tell where?

MRI: Degenerative disc disease is a normal process of aging. The existence does not mean that you automatically have symptoms. Of you are in pain one way to diagnosed the presence of the condition is with an mri. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for cervical degenerative disc disease?

What are some treatment options for cervical degenerative disc disease?

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

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I have degenerative disc disease in T4 and t5 and been in pain since aug 2011. Pain has been getting severe lately. Why?

I have degenerative disc disease in T4 and t5 and been in pain since aug 2011. Pain has been getting severe lately. Why?

It is not likely : That degeneration is the source of your pain in that region . It is a region that does not bear much load and does not mobilize due to stability afforded by rib cage. Get another opinion from a spine surgeon and make sure you are not a smoker and you are exercising regularly ...Read more

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Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Could look vey real: Physical therapy helps to strengthen the supporting joint muscles which it will lead to better joint support. In addition, exercise and healthy diet will help to lower body weight which it will help to decrease weight demand on the joints. ...Read more

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Are there any non-invasive treatment for cervical herniated discs (degenerative disc disease)?

Yes: Physical therapy, cervical traction, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, chiropractic care, cervical epidural steroid injections are common options. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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I had an MRI done and the dr said that I have degenerative disc disease in my 5th and 6th vertabrae. Would surgery be required?

You had back: Pain, and you didn't relate if there is neurologic isues of numbness, weakness in arms (if cervical) or lower extremity (if thoracic). You need to ask a neurosurgeon the benefit and liability of surgical procedure. ...Read more

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My mother has degenerative disc disease. Accupuncture a good bet?

My mother has degenerative disc disease. Accupuncture a good bet?

Worth a try: Acupuncture, massage, exercise, physical therapy and sometimes anti-inflammatories are all good treatments for pain associated with ddd. Severe pain or pain associated with arm or leg pain or weakness are reasons to see your physician. ...Read more

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My mother has degenerative disc disease. Should we look into accupuncture?

My mother has degenerative disc disease. Should we look into accupuncture?

Acupuncture: Please ensure that she has been thoroughly evaluated by her physician or specialist. Acupuncture will not repair degenerated discs. But it is excellent for the treatment of pain, inflammation & decreased range of motion associated with disc dz. This is especially important for patients who are not surgical candidates. The va & military are now using acupuncture protocols for this reason. ...Read more

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Does having high blood pressure make you more prone to degenerative disc disease?

Does having high blood pressure make you more prone to degenerative disc disease?

NO: Hypertension (high blood pressure) has many deleterious effects, mainly on the heart and blood vessels, and thus can also affect the brain and spinal cord, but does not have a role in causing disc disease or other spine degenerative disease. ...Read more

Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Occurs when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine so when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Herbal Supplements (Definition)

Herbal supplements are botanicals used to treat health conditions ...Read more