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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. 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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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Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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

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What are some Ayurvedic treatments, if any, for degenerative disc diseases?

What are some Ayurvedic treatments, if any, for degenerative disc diseases?

Ayurvedic treatments: Hindu ayurvedic treatments should be helpful to some degree but correlation with a neurologist is important. ...Read more

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Is flying with spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease considered safe?

Is flying with spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease  considered safe?

Yes: Flying should be safe with these conditions. The main thing while flying, if you are having pain in particular, is to get out of the seat, walk around the plane, and do some stretching. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease, would an inversion table help for the pain?

I have degenerative disc disease, would an inversion table help for the pain?

Spinal decompression: Remember, any changes that occur with traction are temporary. Once normal weight bearing is restored, all changes revert to pre-traction state. Inversion tables do exactly the same thing for about $250 total vs. Around $200 per treatment with chiropractic traction. If this treatment avoids the need for meds, it is great. No problem trying it as long as other important causes ruled out first. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor says I have degenerative disc disease what is that?

Just means that: your spine is not normal looking anymore. How abnormal is it? Hard to know without evaluation and examination of images. Really depends on what is going on and what can be done to help relieve any pain you may have. Everyone gets degenerative disc disease as we get older, just an FYI. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease from c1 thru t9, and fibromyalgia. What could I do?

I have degenerative disc disease from c1 thru t9, and fibromyalgia. What could I do?

Another doctor: ? what treatments are for DDD & fibromyalgia (FM) in 38 yo. DDD merely radiologic descriptor &, as applied to 38 yo, not pain generator. Find another physician, preferably Osteopath. FM cause is multifactorial soft tissue injuries requiring several non-toxic natural therapies, including weight loss & exercise (aquatherapy, gentle yoga, walking), to reconstitute proper soft tissue function & cure. ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for degenerative disc diseases in 2nd, 4th, 5th vertebrae?

What are effective treatments for degenerative disc diseases in 2nd, 4th, 5th vertebrae?

Multiple : If no pain, don't worry about it otherwise: exercise, keep your weight down and do not smoke if you have that habit. Sometimes use of medication can be indicated ranging from over the counter to prescription ones. Getting a good night's sleep in a decent mattress can help. Some people like simple elastic back supports and inversion tables too. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a tens machine to help with pain relief for degenerative disc disease?

Is it possible for a tens machine to help with pain relief for degenerative disc disease?

TENS: Tens unit can help with superficial pain. With degeneration of the spine, usually people have arthritis of the spine as well, which in turn can lead to muscle spasms for which TENS would be very useful. It does not affect the degeneration directly. Hope this information helps you. ...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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When can I start weight lifting again after degenerative disc disease surgery? Thanks in advance :)

When can I start weight lifting again after degenerative disc disease surgery? Thanks in advance :)

Maybe : This is something you need to discuss with your physician. There are obviously risks and some the answer depends on your general health ...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