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Degenerative Disc Disease Vs Degenerative Joint Disease
Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints.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
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
Could degenerative disc disease (that causes pain) and osteoarthritis cause highly sensitive CRP blood test to be high?
NO: No. Only inflammatory.....Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: The bone scan shows areas of active bone deposition as "hot". Osteopenia won't be diagnosed as this denotes loss of bone density. Degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis may not be demonstrated if they are insufficient to cause a bone response (healing or what is medically called an osteoblastic response). ...Read more
Is it safe to take 500mg levaquin (levofloxacin) 1x day for 10d if I have spine issues of degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and osteoarthritis of spine?
Can degenerative disc disease, facet joint syndrome, and/or scapulothoracic bursitis cause excessive sleepiness and daytime drowsiness?
22 year-old woman is 59" and 85 pounds, found to have osteoporosis, and despite not having any eating problems, cannot gain weight to get back.....?
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
Let me try to help:
(DDD) is the gradual degeneration of the
discs that reside between the vertebrae in the spine. ...Read more
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
TENS: YES - its worth a try as it can work quite well. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What is the best treatment for degenerative disc disease. I am taking pain meds now they do not help at all?
Regenerative med: Regenerative medicine may be the best treatment for degenerative medicine. A variety of interventional and non-interevntional options are available other than pain pills. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
I have degenerative disc disease in T4 and t5 and been in pain since aug 2011. Pain has been getting severe lately. Why?
It is not likely: That degeneration is the source of your pain in that region. It is a region that does not bear much load and does not mobilize due to stability afforded by rib cage. Get another opinion from a spine surgeon and make sure you are not a smoker and you are exercising regularly ...Read more
Bilateral L5 pars W/ grade 1 anterolithesis of L5 on S1 W/ mild degenerative disc disease. 30mg codiene over 3 yrs now ineffective?
Need evaluation: This sounds like a chronic pain syndrome. It needs to be evaluated. Be certain where the pain is coming from. See what can be done to help it. On codeine long term is never a good idea. It depends on what else your physician and pain physicians can offer you. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease and arthritis when I was 34. I am wondering how common this is for my age?
1. Moderate degenerative disc disease L4-L5 unfavorably progressed since prior exam. 2. Interval development of a small posterior left paracentral dis?
This means that-:
-compared 2 earlier images there has been progression of the prior degenerative changes also since then a small L disk protrusion is present. As long as there is no leg pain this may just be an incidental finding that goes along with progression. @ Ur young age U need take care of Ur back. NSAIDS, activity modification, & avoid sports that R high impact. Don't put Ur self@
@ fisk. ...Read more
My 64 yr old husband has degenerative disc disease and ortheoarthritis. He developed a hard cyst on his left shoulder 2 years ago and has gotten large?
Be seen: If the cyst has changed, he needs to be seen. Please set up an appointment with your physician for further evaluation. ...Read more
Can a chiropractor help alleviate my degenerative disc disease symptoms? Would it be beneficial for me to choose to treat my degenerative disc disease through a chiropractor? .
Back: Back pain and degenerative disk disease is a complicated disease. There are many treatments for this problem including rest, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medications, steroid injections, back disk or fusion surgery, spinal cord stimulation and pain pumps. Some treatments work for some people but not for others. I always recommend starting with the least dangerous and invasive treatments first such as physical therapy and chiropractor. If chiropractor does not work for you then you should see a spine pain specialist or spine surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more
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