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Degenerative Disc And Joint Disease
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can degenerative disc disease, facet joint syndrome, and/or scapulothoracic bursitis cause excessive sleepiness and daytime drowsiness?
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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
Can you tell me natural cures for facet joint arthritis/degenerative disc disease in lower lumbar spine?
I have degenerative disc disease with spurs in my back and neck. Do you think i'll be in much pain the older I get?
Etodolac: Lodine, or etodolac, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and generally does well for degenerative disease in the joints and spine. However, don't forget the importance of strengthening and improving the flexibility of the nearby muscles - this can do even more than medicine to help with degenerative pains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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