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I've got severe lower back pain. It's been going on for more than a year. Got an MRI done. Doctor says - Degenerative Disc Disease. Suggestions?

I've got severe lower back pain. It's been going on for more than a year. Got an MRI done. Doctor says - Degenerative Disc Disease. Suggestions?

Specialty clinic: For best results I recommend that you get an appointment at a clinic or practice that specializes in back problems only. You will get thorough evaluation and the proper therapy. ...Read more

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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I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now

Spinal Surgeon: It appears that you have tried many forms of conservative. I would recommend that you seek the care of a spinal surgeon. If you have nerve root compression secondary to a disc herniation, facet arthrosis, foraminal stenosis or lateral stenosis, surgical decompression may be in your future. See a spinal surgeon! ...Read more

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Im 47 & No period for past 7 months now. Diagnosed 10 years ago w/degenerative disc disease. Having severe back/low pelvic pain monthly. US/CT/MRI ok.

Im 47 & No period for past 7 months now. Diagnosed 10 years ago w/degenerative disc disease. Having severe back/low pelvic pain monthly. US/CT/MRI ok.

Two issues: An Obgyn can address your irregular periods. At 47 you may be approaching menopause. Your doctor can test and confirm. They can also do an exam looking for Gyn causes of pelvic pain. For a 10 year complex history of degenerative disc disease you need to see neurosurgeon or Orthopedic back and spine surgeon for a therapeutic plan ...Read more

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I am experiencing moderate to severe back pain I have had degenerative disc disease fro about 8 years the pain is now in my hips and going down my legs it feels like I have a lot of pelvic pressure and have to urinate a lot is there anything i can do to g

I am experiencing moderate to severe back pain I have had degenerative disc disease fro about 8 years the pain is now in my hips and going down my legs it feels like I have a lot of pelvic pressure and have to urinate a lot is there anything i can do to g

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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Is degenerative disc disease in my back mean I have arthritis?

Is degenerative disc disease in my back mean I have arthritis?

Different: degenerative disc disease can occur in the absence of arthritis, but it can cause a focal arthritic process. Every situation is different. The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation, degenerative disc disease puts more stress on the joints of the spine and increases the likelihood of arthritis in those specific facet joints. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Not necessarily: The key to keeping the back pain from worsening is to stay as active as you can. Exercises to strengthen the paraspinal muscles may be helpful. ...Read more

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I stop lifting weights because of degenerative disc disease. Could I go back to lifting weights or even go back to the gym.?

I stop lifting weights because of degenerative disc disease. Could I go back to lifting weights or even go back to the gym.?

Yes with lifestyle: Changes incorporating an exercise routines hat can include weights but avoid heavy weights and deadlifts utilizing a bench for these workouts with lower weights and higher reps, 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. Exercise is key! ...Read more

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Should I go to the hospital for a bruised my back if I have degenerative disc disease?

Only if you think: Only if you think the injury to cause the bruising may have been forceful enough to fracture a bone. If you are on a blood thinner like warfarin, this can lead to bone density loss and make you more susceptible to a fracture. The pain can be a good guide to severity of injury. If in doubt, check it out. ...Read more

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Back hurting, X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

Back hurting, X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

Osteoarthriitis: Treatment varies depending on symptoms and physical examination from conservative treatment like pain meds, exercise, tens unit, massage, pt, chiropractor and neurosurgical management. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more