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Doctor insights on: Degenerative Disk Disease And Lyme

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

Lyme is caused by borrelia burgdorferi. Acute symptoms can include bullseye rash, headaches, joint pain, fever, and flu like sx. Chronic symptoms can include fibromyalgia symptoms, nerve pain in extremities, mood swings, brain fog, heart problems. Lab diagnosis is not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more


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46 yr-old woman who 9 years ago started having progressive, dramatic neurological and pain symptoms after an "acute illness", including 50-pound.....?

46 yr-old woman who 9 years ago started having progressive, dramatic neurological and pain symptoms after an "acute illness", including 50-pound.....?

Mitochondrial dysfunction: unfortunately, this is so obvious that it should stare anybody in the face. How could you possibly have all those symptoms if the energy supply was intact? We used to think that mitochondrial dysfunction was entirely genetic. There is good reason now to believe that it can be acquired, particularly if you have a genetic risk like Chiari. You need intravenous injections of water-soluble vitamins, especially large doses of B complex. Get rid of all manifestations of sugar ...Read more

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How to stop degenerative disk disease?

How to stop degenerative disk disease?

See pain management: specialist. Degenerative disc disease is a complicate chronic dysfunction to live with. The good news is there is a treatment for DDD that ranges from conservative therapies, pharmacological, to surgical options. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain, maintain normal function and improve quality of life. ...Read more

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How harmful is degenerative disk disease?

Depends on severity: Ddd is something almost everyone will develop. Keeping a strong core can help stave off some of the symptoms and keep your discs healthier. If it gets really bad, it can lead to herniations, foraminal narrowing, and even central canal stenosis if serious herniations occur. That being said, some people have it and never even know until they have imaging for something. ...Read more

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Does everyone have degenerative disk disease?

Somewhat: Degenerative disc disease is wear and tear on the bones and discs...Sorta like arthitis. Just as anyone who walks will eventually have some degeneration of the knees...Anyone who walks upright will eventually get some degeneration of the spine. Actually the treatment is often the same as well - strengthening the muscles around the affected joints and maintaining flexibility. ...Read more

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What can be done about degenerative disk disease and osteoarthritis?

What can be done about degenerative disk disease and osteoarthritis?

Many things: There are many approaches to treating disk disease and oa. These include rest, use of heeat and ice applications, physical therapy, pain medications, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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Degenerative disk disease diagnosed at 21, what comes next for treatment?

Physiotherapy: Physitherapy is important especially in a young adult. You need to give something like Gabapentin a try if you have a lot of nerve pain. It takes a while to titrate the dose. Start with 100 mg at bedtime and go up to as much as 1200 mg three times a day. Your doctor needs to titrate this slowly as you don't want to be over sedated. Lyrica (pregabalin) is also used but the dose range is limited. ...Read more

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What are the alternatives to surgery for cervical degenerative disk disease?

What are the alternatives to surgery for cervical degenerative disk disease?

Ecercises: Cervical disc degenerative disease may respond to exercises to strengthen the cervical muscles. Performing flexibility exercises and maintaining good posture will also help. The use of otc nasids like Aleve (naproxen) may be beneficial. See your pcp for an evaluation & guidance. ...Read more

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Can there be alternatives to surgery for cervical degenerative disk disease?

Can there be alternatives to surgery for cervical degenerative disk disease?

Likely: 40's man ponders alternatives to surgery "for degenerative disk disease" (ddd) ; should regard that ddd is radiologic term, usually not a pain generator, ; found in pain free individuals. Yoga, regular massage, acupuncture, topical cannabis oil (where legal), ; traction (saunders cervical traction device; fda approved) helpful. See an osteopath ; avoid surgeons unless there is weakness arm/hand. ...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