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Can Pain Medicine Be Prescribed For Degenerative Disk Disease
I have degenerative disk disease in l-5, l-6. Drugs & chiropractic & light/electric/ therapy have not worked. Are there any more non-surgical options?
See pain management: specialist. Degenerative disc disease is a complicate chronic dysfunction to live with. The good news is there is a treatment for DDD that ranges from conservative therapies, pharmacological, to surgical options. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain, maintain normal function and improve quality of life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on severity: Ddd is something almost everyone will develop. Keeping a strong core can help stave off some of the symptoms and keep your discs healthier. If it gets really bad, it can lead to herniations, foraminal narrowing, and even central canal stenosis if serious herniations occur. That being said, some people have it and never even know until they have imaging for something. ...Read more
Somewhat: Degenerative disc disease is wear and tear on the bones and discs...Sorta like arthitis. Just as anyone who walks will eventually have some degeneration of the knees...Anyone who walks upright will eventually get some degeneration of the spine. Actually the treatment is often the same as well - strengthening the muscles around the affected joints and maintaining flexibility. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: It may remain localized to one or two specific areas. ...Read more
Common as we age: Most people as they age, develop degenerative disk disease. That is why most people shrink. Your particular circumstances may be related your genes, to the work you do, how you exercise, or any other number of reasons. If it's not causing symptoms, don't worry about it if your calcium and vitamin d levels are normal. ...Read more
Aging is #1: Degenerative disc disease occurs commonly with age. However, it can be made worse earlier with many things, including heavy labor, trauma, weak core/ abdominals, continued dehydration, increased weight, and smoking just to name a few. Physical therapy, proper mechanics, exercise and core strengthening can slow the degeneration. Some people benefit from inversion tables as well. ...Read more
At 22 i got diagnosed with degenerative disk disease in l5. It's painful when i first lay down until it adjust. Is my pain going to get worse with age?
Aging: There are disks in your spine between the bones, that function as a type of padding. As we get older they dehydrate to some degree (degenerate). As they do this they may also start to "bulge". Depending on the degree nd location, this can put pressure on nerve roots causing symptoms. ...Read more
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more
Possibly...: But none proven through valid research yet. A diet rich in anti-oxidants can help decrease inflammation and degradation of connective tissue. There is a medical food called Limbrel which has some decent research stating that after 90 days its as affective as nsaids, but you would need to speak to your physician to see if its right for you. One of the best things would be healthy w/ weight loss. ...Read more
Many: There are many over the counter and prescription treatments for the pain that comes from degenerative disc disease (ddd). The class usually used is non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (nsaids). These include Aleve and ibuprofen. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a pain medicine, but not an nsaid. Aspirin also works. Sometimes, doctors will prescribe steroids (prednisone) or narcotic based meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physiotherapy: Physitherapy is important especially in a young adult. You need to give something like Gabapentin a try if you have a lot of nerve pain. It takes a while to titrate the dose. Start with 100 mg at bedtime and go up to as much as 1200 mg three times a day. Your doctor needs to titrate this slowly as you don't want to be over sedated. Lyrica (pregabalin) is also used but the dose range is limited. ...Read more
Likely: 40's man ponders alternatives to surgery "for degenerative disk disease" (ddd) ; should regard that ddd is radiologic term, usually not a pain generator, ; found in pain free individuals. Yoga, regular massage, acupuncture, topical cannabis oil (where legal), ; traction (saunders cervical traction device; fda approved) helpful. See an osteopath ; avoid surgeons unless there is weakness arm/hand. ...Read more
Possibly.: Roller coasters by their very nature are fast, and move violently placing high levels of stress on the muscles and joints of the body. If you have significant degenerative disease riding a roller coaster could cause damage and lead to sore, painful back. Recommend that you speak with your physician and if needed seek out a evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon to see what their opinion is. ...Read more
Had an epidural and the needle was left in place; now I have degenerative disk disease is any connection?
No: Needle would not cause degenerative disk disease. ...Read more
How common is degenerative disk disease (ddd) for men under 30? Which races and professions are most susceptible?
Degenerative Disk: Osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease are very common but only about 1% of this disease occurs prior to age 30. The cause at this age includes old injuries, deformities, repetitive trauma from work or exercise, endocrine diseases, epiphyseal dysplasia, infection, and congenital bone abnormalities. White race has a higher incidence than black or asian but numbers vary between studies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The answer depends on the anatomy of the problem and of course the symptoms present. Many people have degenerative discs and live pain free. Fusions can be done if there is instability or deformity present. Disc replacement can be done in the absence of instability and deformity if the patients pain correlates well with the imaging findings. See a spine surgeon to discuss further. ...Read more
What's a korean therapeutic bed, and can it treat degenerative disk disease or arthritis in neck?
Bed Choice: Don't be swayed by aggressive marketing of a very expensive bed. There are only anecdotal reports of benefits (translation, personal preference). Personally, i cannot stand tempurpedic (very hard), but some patients swear by it. Ultimately, find a reputable dealer with a guarantee. Then try it. If you don't like it, exercise your option to return or exchange. ...Read more
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