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Doctor insights on: Degenerative Disc And Joint Disease

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I have fibromyalgia, degenerative disc and joint disease, spinal stenosis , migraines, i'm on vicodin 5/525 but am never out of pain. It's wearing on me and my dr. Refuses to increase the vicodin. What do I do?

I have fibromyalgia, degenerative disc and joint disease, spinal stenosis , migraines,  i'm on vicodin 5/525 but am never out of pain. It's wearing on me and my dr. Refuses to increase the vicodin. What do I do?

First do no harm: Your physician is not ignoring your pain. Pain medications have risks that must be weighed against the potential benefits. In the setting of fibromyalgia, there is no proven long term benefit with use of narcotics. There are many safer non-narcotic medications that may be worth a try. Even with the best pain medications, your goal may be to reduce pain, not eliminate 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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How do degenerative osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease/degenerative disc disease differ?

How do degenerative osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease/degenerative disc disease differ?

Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes diagnosed when vertebral spurs are noted. The latter phenomenon, referred to most accurately as spondylosis deformans, is asymptomatic. It may be associated with disc disease, but disc damage does not necessarily cause pain. ...Read more

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What is degenerative disc disease?

What is degenerative disc disease?

DDD: In short, it is normal wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs without evidence of a more precise pathology such as neural impingement , inflammation, spondylolisthesis, dish, etc. ...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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What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

Misnomer: For practical purposes, it's a misnomer describing an aging disc. It's like telling someone with wrinkles that she suffers from "degenerative skin disease". Radiologists love to use this term, so do busy spine surgeons. "disease" makes it sound like you urgently need a fusion or artificial disc implant. All our discs "degenerate" over time and most of us never have any trouble from that. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease. What does that mean?

Let me try to help: (DDD) is the gradual degeneration of the discs that reside between the vertebrae in the spine. ...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?

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

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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