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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

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


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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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How can I get rid of back ache caused by degenerative disc disease?

How can I get rid of back ache caused by degenerative disc disease?

See back surgeon: A good orthopedist or neurosurgeon who specializes in backs would be the best person to assess and recommend treatment. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease in my L5 S1. Ever since my back injury I have had frequent urnination. What could be the cause?

I have degenerative disc disease in my L5 S1. Ever since my back injury I have had frequent urnination. What could be the cause?

I would consult-: -a urologist, as this is not a symptom of back injury. It is usually leaking or incontinence, either way start with an urologist & get referrals if needed. ...Read more

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Can degenerative disc disease cause numbness not only in legs but to quickly jump up back to bra line? Herniated l2-3, 3-4, 4-5, c5-6, 4-5, 3-4, 2-3.

Can degenerative disc disease cause numbness not only in legs but to quickly jump up back to bra line? Herniated l2-3, 3-4, 4-5, c5-6, 4-5, 3-4, 2-3.

Correct diagnosis?: It is very, very unusually for a 27 year old to have multiple disc protrusions or herniations. How have you been diagnosed with these disc herniations? Lumbar protrusions can cause symptoms in the lower back and legs, but not the mid/upper back. Cervical stenosis can cause arm/hand symptoms, and occasionally diffuse symptoms. ...Read more

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20 y/o female with compression Fx at T11 & degenerative disc disease between C5-C6 & L4-L5. MRI & DEXA just ordered. Ideas on what could cause this?

20 y/o female with compression Fx at T11 & degenerative disc disease between C5-C6 & L4-L5. MRI & DEXA just ordered. Ideas on what could cause this?

Compression fracture: 20 y/o is too young to osteoporosis but some conditions may lead to early one such as cystic fibrosis. Trauma is by far the leading cause for such things then if a pathological fracture is suspected, diseases that involve bone need to be ruled out (infections, tumors...). Further history can probably narrow down the differential. ...Read more

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I have a bulging disc and degenerative disc disease in my lower back. I pulled a muscle in my lower back can that cause me to have knee pain with move?

Yes: Yes, but @ age 25 deg disc disease is rather uncommon unless other factors involved. Back pain w/ nerve 'pinching' can cause knee pain BUT a good examination / history can normally distinguish between back and related nerve pain and a primary knee problem (tendinitis, kneecap, etc.). My reccommation would be to see a board certified ORS if your symptoms persist. Best of Luck!! ...Read more

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Can degenerative disc disease cause (nerve damage) lack of sensation in the legs or even tingling in the penis?

Can degenerative disc disease cause (nerve damage) lack of sensation in the legs or even tingling in the penis?

Maybe--see Dr: 42 isn't that old for DJD to be assumed to be the culprit, and prolonged symptoms may worsen or become irreversible--so see your dr or a neurologist (either for start--after mri, may meet spine surgeon)--asap. Penile issues are often sacral (2-3-4), which could be a stenosis problem? Need MRI to help identify. ...Read more

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What would cause a female in her 60's to repeatedly get thrush when she has not been sexually active in 10 yrs? Have fibromyalgia, osteo arthritis, degenerative disc disease, acid reflux, IBS w/constipation, spastic colon - actually get spasms in various

What would cause a female in her 60's to repeatedly get thrush when she has not been sexually active in 10 yrs? Have fibromyalgia, osteo arthritis, degenerative disc disease, acid reflux, IBS w/constipation, spastic colon - actually get spasms in various

The: The reason thrush occurs when there is a health crisis is due to the fact that the immune system is working hard to fight off whatever infection is going on; in addition antibiotics kill a lot of the good bacteria, which gives the yeast an optimal environment to flourish in.
Fortunately there are good treatments available.
Take care. ...Read more

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30 year-old woman with a 4-year history of numbness in the upper body, and arms and legs, with undiagnostic imaging studies, but carries diagnos.....?

30 year-old woman with a 4-year history of numbness in the upper body, and arms and legs, with undiagnostic imaging studies, but carries diagnos.....?

Stress related?!: At age 30 with so many normal tests and diagnoses like fibromyalgia and trigeminal nauralgia (highly unusual for that age except in MS, ruled out by the normal MRIs) non organic and stress related problems come to mind Don't forget the symptoms are REAL in those cases too! ...Read more

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What can you tell me about degenerative disc disease?

Not a disease: More a condition like calling wrrinkly skin disease commonly asymptomatic age related risk factors include smoking truck driving 30% of people with no backache over age of 30 have findings consiatant with ddd on MRI ddd is a MRI finding not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me details of degenerative disc disease?

Aging: Degeneration of the disk involves chemical changes, loss of water content, tearing of the fibers, loss of height. Genetics plays a role, but if a person lives long enough she or he will eventually have some disk degeneration. It can be painless. When there is pain, it is called disease, but proving that it is the source of pain is not always possible. ...Read more

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What medicines help with degenerative disc disease?

What medicines help with degenerative disc disease?

A variety: Of non steroidal anti inflammatory medication as long as there are no contraindications like allergies, use of blood thinners, kidney or liver disease or ulcer/reflux issues. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an option. Other types of drugs like cymbalta, Elavil and neurontin/lyrica may also help. Ideally, not smoking, regular exercise and weight control are also helpful. Good levels of vitamin d also are important. ...Read more

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Is mild degenerative disc disease a permanent disability?

Disability: The question of disability is a difficult one. Disability is determined not by a specific disease, but instead by what a patient is able or unable to do. Mild degenerative disc disease can manifest in different ways. Based on the fact that it is mild, it is unlikely to cause symptoms that are severe enough for disability. However disability is determined by the patient's ability to perform activities and work. Determination of disability requires evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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What is best way to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

What is best way to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

Lifestyle changes: Usually incorpoating an exercise routine, 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. ...Read more

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Does degenerative disc disease really progress or does it stay the same?

It can progress: Asit progresses it can become less symptomatic it's "worsening" on x-ray or MRI may not involve worse symptomsor any symptoms at all just because you have back pain and ddd on imaging doesn't mean it is the cause of your dback pain. ...Read more

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What are other options to treat degenerative disc disease other injections?

Preventative: I favor fitness, weight maintenance, no smoking, preventative measures and when symptoms prevail, physical therapy, core strength, anti inflammatories, and ergonomic postural solutions. In many people orthotics can help foot/ankle contributors and pelvic spine lock up can be improved with mobilization. ...Read more

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When is surgery needed for degenerative disc disease?

When is surgery needed for degenerative disc disease?

Rapid progression: When pain becomes unmanageable, and there is progressive loss of strength and sensation, and a risk to bladder function occurs, there is little hesitation, but if one has merely a radiological disc lesion, it may well shrink and dessicate in about 8-9 months, and surgery is not necessary. ...Read more