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How could lupus affect the spine? Could it cause degenerative disc disease or ruptured disc?

How could lupus affect the spine? Could it cause degenerative disc disease or ruptured disc?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Degenerative disks are 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, which is very painful. Also when the disks degenerate, ...Read more


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I have many chronic conditions. Lupus, spinal stenosis, djd, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease. My husband doesn't understand my pain. Any ideas?

I have many chronic conditions. Lupus, spinal stenosis, djd, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease. My husband doesn't understand my pain. Any ideas?

Go to doc with you: Have your husband attend your appointments with you. Ask the physician, physical therapist, etc. To explain the nature of the conditions to your husband, including the associated pain and toll it takes on you physically and mentally. Seeing a marriage counselor/psychologist could also be helpful. ...Read more

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Can parachuting cause degenerative disc disease?

Can parachuting cause degenerative disc disease?

Yes: As you have likely heard, it is not the fall but the landing. Repetitive forceful drops can be transmitted to the spine and accelerate normal wear and tear. ...Read more

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Is it possible for hyperparathyroidism to cause degenerative disc disease?

Is it possible for hyperparathyroidism to cause degenerative disc disease?

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. ...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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Does my degenerative disc disease cause the severe pain between my shoulder blades?

Does my degenerative disc disease cause the severe pain between my shoulder blades?

Possible: Degenerative changes can lead to inflammation creating pain but so can other issues that are not spine related. If the pain is that bad, you should see your doctor to make sure it is not another problem. ...Read more

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Can degenerative disc disease in the neck be caused by being hit on the head with a 500lb barrel?

Can degenerative disc disease in the neck be caused by being hit on the head with a 500lb barrel?

Yes, could occur.: The original impact could tear the annulus fibrosis surrounding one or many discs, and could lead to progressive discogenic deterioration. ...Read more

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What causes degenerative disc disease?

What causes degenerative disc disease?

Genetics: In a research study started in 1991 and published in 2009 (the spine journal 9 pg. 47-59), identical and nonidentical twins were longitudinally studied. Twins had widely differing levels of risk factors (activity, smoking, occupation) thought to cause ddd. This study showed that there is a strong genetic component to ddd and that external risk factors previously belived to be important, were not. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease(lumbard) & was told today i might have a synovial cyst. Are these related, could it be the cause of my intense pain?

I have degenerative disc disease(lumbard) & was told today i might have a synovial cyst. Are these related, could it be the cause of my intense pain?

Synovial Cysts: Synovial cysts are quite common adjacent to the lumbar spine and are usually asymptomatic, and rarely affect the exiting spinal nerve. Best to discuss this with you physician. ...Read more

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