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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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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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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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I am only 29. Could I have degenerative disc disease? I have had neck pain for over 4 years that is constantly there every single day. Is it possibly that i could have degenerative disc disease this young? .

There : There are a lot of structures in the neck that could be the source of pain: discs, other bony joints, muscles, and other tissues. Whether you could have degenerative disc disease doesn't so much depend on age, but on experience. If a neck has experienced a lot of wear and tear, such as from extreme sports, military service, high-velocity injuries, or overuse, it may develop the same kind of problems seen in older people. Other medical conditions, some medications, and family history can also contribute to "premature aging" of the neck structures. Signs of a dangerous neck problem include weakness, muscle shrinkage, or sensory loss in the upper limbs; funny walking, jerky limbs, and jumpy reflexes in the lower limbs; bladder control problems; or symptoms that are new, severe or unprovoked. A visit to a primary care provider (and possibly a consultation by a neurologist) can help exclude dangerous problems, and can help determine therapy to reduce pain and progression. ...Read more

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What are some things I can do to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease in my neck?

What are some things I can do to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease in my neck?

Therapy: The best long term treatment for neck pain from degenerative changes is strengthening and stretching exercise. Stretching will help maintain motion and strengthening the muscles will provide support for the worn joints and help delay progression. The best way to get into a routine is to work with a physical therapist a few times then transition to an independent exercise program. ...Read more

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Would I have to wear a neck brace if i had surgery for cervical degenerative disc disease? I am just trying to figure out if i want the surgery

Would I have to wear a neck brace if i had surgery for cervical degenerative disc  disease? I am just trying to figure out if i want the surgery

There : There is some variation on the usage of neck braces from doctor to doctor. Surgery at 1 disk level may not require a neck brace, surgery at 2 levels usually requires a brace and surgery at 3 or more levels requires a brace. Good luck! ...Read more

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Have degenerative disc disease and have had bad back and neck pain with a headache and nauseated and now pain in my key sooner blade and feels like sc?

Have degenerative disc disease and have had bad back and neck pain with a headache and nauseated and now pain in my key sooner blade and feels like sc?

Hard to say: Back and neck pain secondary to degenerative disc disease is very common, so common that we are cautious as doctors that we must not associate everything that bothers a patient to degenerative disc disease. Nauseas and headaches, for example, are not clasically associated with ddd. Consider starting with a thorough exam by a primary care doctor, this would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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I have Degenerative disc disease with two bulging docs in my neck C4 c5. Will it get worse. What can I do to keep it from getting worse.? Help pain?

Degenerative Discs: All of our tissues undergo degenerative changes as we age and this discs between our vertebrae are no exception. I wonder why we refer to degenerative discs as a "disease". We don't refer to wrinkles on our face as "degenerative skin disease" or grey hair as "degenerative hair disease". That said, degenerative discs can be a source of pain. If an anti-inflammatory doesn't resolve it see your dr ...Read more

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I had a neck xray done and the results state mild to moderate multi level degenerative disc disease greatest at c5-c6, c6-c7 and c7-T1 ?

I had a neck xray done and the results state mild to moderate multi level degenerative disc disease greatest at c5-c6, c6-c7 and c7-T1 ?

Arthritis : Multiple level degenerative disc disease is another way to say you have developed some degenerative arthritis in your neck. If your pain is severe, or associated with symptoms that run down the arm, you may want to consider getting an MRI, which is a much more sensitive test to pick up causes of pain than an xray because it also shows soft tissue structures such as the discs, nerves, and cord. ...Read more

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Hey I got head numbness on right side and neck muscle tight during sleep and I have been diagnosed with multilevel of degenerative disc disease?

What is the question: You have not asked a question. However, a 26 year would not likely have enough degenerative disc disease to cause your issues. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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