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Dr. Bahman Omrani
351 Doctors shared insights

Degenerative Disc Disease (Overview)

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, which is very painful.


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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

Dr. Bahman Omrani
351 Doctors shared insights

Degenerative Disc Disease (Overview)

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, which is very painful.


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What is best way to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

What is best way to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

Lifestyle changes: Usually incorpoating an exercise routine, proper weight control, smoking cessation, possible use of a back support, making sure your mattress is good and sometimes use of over the counter medications if no medical reasons not for their use. ...Read more

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Living with Degenerative Arthritis (Checklist)

Lose weight
once
Engage in regular, low-impact cardiovascular exercise
daily
daily
Take a Glucosamine Chondroitin supplement
daily
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I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and was told there's no treatment. Is there anything to alleviate the extreme pain associated?

I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and was told there's no treatment. Is there anything to alleviate the extreme pain associated?

DDD: Whomever told you that you have ddd may have missed the problem. Extreme pain in a young person from "ddd" is rare. If "ddd" is multiple levels, you have scheuermann's disease most likely. If single level, you likely have some sort of instability or stress fracture, infection, or other abnormality. I would suggest another opinion before I relegated myself to this diagnosis the rest of my life. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take medications as prescribed
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
Once
Eat whole grains only - not white bread
Once
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What are the tests for degenerative disc disease?

What are the tests for degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful ...Read more

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How do I know if I have degenerative disc disease?

DDD: Many people are asymptomatic from degenerative disc disease, while some will have pain along the involved portion of the spine. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
Once
Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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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 more options to treat degenerative disc disease other that injection and p.T.?

What are more options to treat degenerative disc disease other that injection and p.T.?

Exercises: Degenerative disc disease is a process of normal aging. Would advise you to participate in aquatic and land based exercises. Pilates & yoga may beneficial. Judicious use of otc nsaids may used. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

Depends on symptoms: Degenerative disc disease, is a misnomer -- and not a disease. Just normal wear & tear that occurs w/ age -- it typically starts in the 2nd decade of life, everyone experiences this--equivalent to skin wrinkles (:degenerative skin disease"), gray hair ("degenerative hair disease"). In of itself needs no treatment. If symptoms present, ask your spine surgeon to guide you through finding the source. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
Once
Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
Once
Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
Daily
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Are there any non-invasive treatments for degenerative disc disease? I want to avoid surgery as long as I can. Is there anything non-invasive that can give me relief from my degenerative disc disease? .

Are there any non-invasive treatments for degenerative disc disease? I want to avoid surgery as long as I can. Is there anything non-invasive that can give me relief from my degenerative disc disease? .

Treatments: Treatments include:

non-invasive - rest, activity modification, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medication

minimally invasive - steroid injections, endoscopic spine surgery treating facet joints and disks (endoscopic rhizotomy and endoscopic discectomy), pain stimulators and pain pumps, weight loss procedures

invasive - traditional lumbar discectomy, laminectomy and spinal fusion.

Please see my health guides on endoscopic rhizotomy and discectomy. ...Read more

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My MRI result shows I have degenerative disc disease with lumbar spondylosis, and then my doctor said also have pott's disease any cure for this?

Concerning: Pott's disease is a serious infection causing fracture of the spine. This requires a long treatment. During your care, there is no harm in caring for your degenerative disc disease by walking and slow strengthening exercises. If walking is painful, supporting your posture with a brace may be needed for a while. Avoid lifting, twisting, or walking down hill. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of back ache caused by degenerative disc disease?

How can I get rid of back ache caused by degenerative disc disease?

See back surgeon: A good orthopedist or neurosurgeon who specializes in backs would be the best person to assess and recommend treatment. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for degenerative disc disease?

Everybody!: Unfortunately, as we age, everyone is at risk for degenerative disc disease. However, the risk is higher in individuals with the following:
1. Smoking
2. Obesity
3. High demand jobs involving a lot of vibration, repetitive bending, or lifting (such as truck drivers, construction workers, jobs involving frequent heavy lifting, etc.)
4. Genetic tendency in families
5. Trauma. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
daily
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How can you prevent degenerative disc disease?

How can you prevent degenerative disc disease?

Avoid Trauma Smoking: Avoid traumatic injury to discs as well a repetitive injury. Avoid or quit smoking. Use good nutrition with plenty of vitamin a, c< and e. Hope for good inherited features. ...Read more

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What yoga poses should I avoid if I have been diagnosed as having degenerative disc disease?

What yoga poses should I avoid if I have been diagnosed as having degenerative disc disease?

None unless they: Aggravate your symptoms. Exercise in terms of flexibility, core strengthening and cardiovascular routines will help to control your symptoms along with lifestyle considerations like: adequate sleep, weight control, not smoking and good dietary intake of calcium and vitamin d. ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
daily
Alert providers of contagion
daily
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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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Can I have degenerative disc disease?

Yes: Living in florida and being 39 you can be developing osteoarthritis of the spine. You can tell from plain x-rays. Are the vertebral bodies getting close togeather at any level and are there bony overgrowths seen like in this photo? This is the lumbar spine (low back). ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask your doctor for further STD testing
Once
Ask your partner to get tested for STDs
Once
Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
Once
Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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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 happens with degenerative disc disease?

What happens with degenerative disc disease?

Collapse: Discs lose water content and sponginess. More load on the facets causing them to hypertrophy. This in turn leads to more nerve root compromise. May ultimately end with need for surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
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Go to lab appointments as necessary
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Keep your oxygen levels up by maintaining a healthy weight
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