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Doctor insights on: Degenerative Disc Disease Vs Spinal Stenosis

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Is flying with spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease considered safe?

Is flying with spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease  considered safe?

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

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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I have many chronic conditions. Lupus, spinal stenosis, djd, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease. My husband doesn't understand my pain. Any ideas?

I have many chronic conditions. Lupus, spinal stenosis, djd, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease. My husband doesn't understand my pain. Any ideas?

Go to doc with you: Have your husband attend your appointments with you. Ask the physician, physical therapist, etc. To explain the nature of the conditions to your husband, including the associated pain and toll it takes on you physically and mentally. Seeing a marriage counselor/psychologist could also be helpful. ...Read more

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Mri results. Degenerative disc disease with spinal stenosis 3 bulging discs 2mml 5 mml and 7mml on left forminial 3 bone spurs annular tear debilitati?

Mri results. Degenerative disc disease with spinal stenosis 3 bulging discs 2mml 5 mml and 7mml on left forminial 3 bone spurs annular tear debilitati?

Abnormal MRI?: Mri results mean absolutely nothing in the absence of symptoms. You can have every finding you've described with zero symptoms. So with the info provided, your problem? Too many birthday cakes! typical MRI for age. ...Read more

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Have spinal stenosis & degenerative disc disease. Prescribed Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10 but the pain is either getting worse or I'm developing tolerance. Suggestions?

Start PT: Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) does not eliminate the cause of the pain, merely covers it up. Be pro-active, have some physical therapy, do exercise and stretching. Do NOT become sedentary, instead, use your muscles and joints. Gradually, you will overcome the barriers and feel far less pain. ...Read more

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Does the following mean 2 pinch nerves? 1. degenerative disc disease at the C2-C3 level to result in mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at this level. 2.. Degenerate changes at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels resulting in mild to moderate spinal cana

Does the following mean 2 pinch nerves?
1. degenerative disc disease at the C2-C3 level to result in mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at this level.
2.. Degenerate changes at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels resulting in mild to moderate spinal cana

No but can't tell: Spinal canal stenosis can cause spinal cord compression. In order to know if a nerve is pinched in the cervical spine you want to know if there is lateral spinal canal stenosis ore more specifically foraminal stenosis. The foramen is where the nerve comes out of the spine and can be pinched. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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What would you recommend for a 22 year old female with Degenerative Disc Disease? I presented at 17 with it following a spinal injury.

What would you recommend for a 22 year old female with Degenerative Disc Disease? I presented at 17 with it following a spinal injury.

Physical fitness: It may be that you have developed post-traumatic discogenic problems, but would ponder rheumatological diagnosis, such as ankylosing spondylitis. A physiatrist should be consulted, and some physical therapy could be employed to allow you to perform ongoing appropriate exercises on a regular basis. Stretching and fitness will do wonders. ...Read more

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Is non-surgical spinal decompression a good option for 70 yr old male 300 lbs, 5'10" with degenerative disc disease?

Is non-surgical spinal decompression a good option for 70 yr old male 300 lbs, 5'10" with degenerative disc disease?

Hard to say: In general, the biggest concern I have given the information provided is your weight, which is likely causing chronic injury to your low back and could be leading to the degenerative disc changes you mention. Non-surgical decompression can be very helpful, but I would combine this with significant weight loss (target weight ...Read more

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Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3(9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Tricky: first, if there are signs of nerve damage (strength, sensation, changes in control of bowel or bladder) then surgery is indicated. Then.... 1-10% of the population has lumbar disk disease and surgery is not generally done and doesn't have that good of an effect when it is. Neurofibroma in spine complicates things. A Lot. It's a growing benign tumor and surgery might spread it. Radiation therapy. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about degenerative disc disease?

What can you tell me about degenerative disc disease?

Not a disease : More a condition like calling wrrinkly skin disease commonly asymptomatic age related risk factors include smoking truck driving 30% of people with no backache over age of 30 have findings consiatant with ddd on MRI ddd is a MRI finding not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me details of degenerative disc disease?

Aging: Degeneration of the disk involves chemical changes, loss of water content, tearing of the fibers, loss of height. Genetics plays a role, but if a person lives long enough she or he will eventually have some disk degeneration. It can be painless. When there is pain, it is called disease, but proving that it is the source of pain is not always possible. ...Read more

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What medicines help with degenerative disc disease?

What  medicines  help with degenerative disc disease?

A variety: Of non steroidal anti inflammatory medication as long as there are no contraindications like allergies, use of blood thinners, kidney or liver disease or ulcer/reflux issues . Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an option. Other types of drugs like cymbalta, Elavil and neurontin/lyrica may also help. Ideally, not smoking, regular exercise and weight control are also helpful. Good levels of vitamin d also are important. ...Read more

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Is mild degenerative disc disease a permanent disability?

Disability : The question of disability is a difficult one. Disability is determined not by a specific disease, but instead by what a patient is able or unable to do. Mild degenerative disc disease can manifest in different ways. Based on the fact that it is mild, it is unlikely to cause symptoms that are severe enough for disability. However disability is determined by the patient's ability to perform activities and work. Determination of disability requires evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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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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Does degenerative disc disease really progress or does it stay the same?

It can progress: Asit progresses it can become less symptomatic it's "worsening" on x-ray or MRI may not involve worse symptomsor any symptoms at all just because you have back pain and ddd on imaging doesn't mean it is the cause of your dback pain. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Spinal Stenosis (Definition)

A medical condition in which the openings where the nerves leave the spine are narrowed. As a result of the narrowed openings, nerves can get pinched off, leading to symptoms such as pain, ...Read more


Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more