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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Disc Degeneration

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Wearing gel arch supports. But the pain still persistent in both feet just below the ball of the foot. Can this pain be caused by t7 disc degeneration?

Wearing gel arch supports. But the pain still persistent in both feet just below the ball of the foot. Can this pain be caused by t7 disc degeneration?

No: The nerves lower down can affect the feet but not t7, it is entirely possible your gel supports are not giving adequate support. There are a few "prefabricated" orthotics i recommend but most sold in pharmacies I am not a fan of. Spenco, is an adequate one. Also! just a gel cushion may not be enough, oftentimes we recommend multiple treatments i.E icing, stretching, antiinflammatories all at once. ...Read more

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Is it safe to do pull ups with degenerated and bulging lumbar discs? Would it cause more degeneration?

Is it safe to do pull ups with degenerated and bulging lumbar discs? Would it cause more degeneration?

Yes: Pullups, if anything, would probably reduce stress and impact placed on your lumbar discs, given that they are stretched, not compressed. ...Read more

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I have 3 bulging discs in L-3-4-5, spinal stenosis and disk degeneration. I have twiching in my calfs off and on, is it caused from my back issues?

I have 3 bulging discs in L-3-4-5, spinal stenosis and disk degeneration. I have twiching in my calfs off and on, is it caused from my back issues?

Perhaps: Bulging discs in and of themselves do not cause neuropathic or myalgic symptoms unless they compress specific nerves and/or central nervous system structures. If you already had an MRI, presumably that was ordered by your physician to help assess these symptoms, and having a discussion regarding the results would be appropriate. ...Read more

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I'm 25 years old and my last MRI of my neck shows degeneration in the bones and discs. what causes this and what are my treatment options?

I'm 25 years old and my last MRI of my neck shows degeneration in the bones and discs. what causes this and what are my treatment options?

Dehydration.: I am not sure what you mean by "degeneration in the bones". (That's usually osteoporosis and you are too young for that. If so, you may have an genetic or inborn problem with Vitamin D metabolism or calcium causing it). Most degenerative disks are due to dehydration & "wear and tear" from overuse (occupation, carrying heavy bags, etc.) Drinking 20 oz fluids per day can only help shrink the disks. ...Read more

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Can disc degeneration in my neck cause severe elbow and back pain (no numbing or tingling, just achy, throbbing pain) I do have appt to see an ortho?

Can disc degeneration in my neck cause severe elbow and back pain (no numbing or tingling, just achy, throbbing pain) I do have appt to see an ortho?

Absolutely: It can, and it sounds like you're on the right track with that oath appointment. Hope you start feeling better! ...Read more

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Can 1.6 mm anterolisthesis L5 on S1 is seen with L5-S1 disc degeneration and chronic bilateral L5 pars fractures cause abs pain below bullybutton but across entire lower abdomen? Thanks for your help!

Can 1.6 mm anterolisthesis L5 on S1 is seen with L5-S1 disc degeneration and chronic bilateral L5 pars
fractures cause abs pain below bullybutton but across entire lower abdomen?  Thanks for your help!

Not likely: The area of the abdomen is supplied from the thoracic spine, not L5S1, per below.
https://www.google.co.il/search?q=nerve+supply+to+umbilicus&safe=strict&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjt782U_-rVAhUoJsAKHaU1BHYQsAQIJQ&biw=1909&bih=886#imgrc=G7yy2X9imn9NeM:
On the other hand, there could strain and changes through the fascial system that could give abdominal discomfort. ...Read more

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I have mild disc degeneration. Any recommendations for a new bed?

I have mild disc degeneration. Any recommendations for a new bed?

Start with firm flat: We spend a great deal of our life in bed. Any one with back pain should take great care in selecting their surface to sleep on. If what you have doesn't help. Keep looking. ...Read more

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Is it possible to prevent disc degeneration?

Is it possible to prevent disc degeneration?

No: Disc degeneration occurs naturally, and there may be genetic associations to this occurance. Injuries may also cause the start of the degeneration. The best advice is a good lumbar core exercise program for a healthy back, but there is no prevention of this condition (not even vitamins, nutriceuticals, etc.). ...Read more

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I have multiple level disc degenerations and protrusions, and wonder who to go to for help?

I have multiple level disc degenerations and protrusions, and wonder who to go to for help?

Sort it out : It depends on what your symptoms are and what treatments you've had so far. Its also important for you to spend some time doctor with your doctor to pinpoint the pain generator(s). ...Read more

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I'm fearful of doctors and need one. With many pain problems from disc degeneration, it seems I am judged a drug seeker before i'm examined.

Pain Specialist: Take control of your overall health and the management of your pain. Insist on care that is person-centered and tailored to your individual needs. The plan should consider who you are—in mind, body, and spirit, and in the context of your environment, not just what condition you may have. Insist on care in which there is open communication between you and your health care providers. ...Read more

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I am on medication for severe secondary osteoporosis, will the medication help my cervical degeneration of discs?

Not, need exercise: Intervertebral disc in the spine are made up of nucleus propulsus in the center surrounded by annulus fibrosus, and receives nutrients from the process of imbibition, which requires movements. Medications for osteoporosis, such as bisphosphonates, vitamin d, calcium supplementation, estrogen replacement, and biological agents target the bony matrix of vertebral body, not the intervertebral disc. ...Read more

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If I have have athritis in my spine and disc degeneration disease, what can I do to relieve the symptoms of either?

If I have have athritis in my spine and disc degeneration disease, what can I do to relieve the symptoms of either?

Exercise & NSAIDs: I wish that we could provide you with a magical cure, but presently you will have to work for your pain relief. Staying mobile is the key. Staying as active as possible will help. Specially, i would recommend that you see a physical therapist. Also try yoga, but with a knowledgable instructor, starting as a beginner. Also try pilates. The use of otc nsaids should be your 1st choice of medication. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed wiv disc degeneration of the lower spine n told no treament needed but im still in servere pain i think sumthing has been missed?

I have been diagnosed wiv disc degeneration of the lower spine n told no treament needed but im still in servere pain i think sumthing has been missed?

Many options: the first line of treatment is to go to a physical therapist to be taught core strengthening and theraputics exercises. Anti inflammatories such ibuprofen are helpful as well. Sometimes cortisone injections are recommended. If all of these fail and your quality of life is significantly affected then is possible you may be a candidate for surgery ...Read more