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Degenerative Disk Disease And Lyme
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.....?
A condition 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 diagnoses are not very reliable, and sometimes clinical ...Read more
46 yr-old woman who 9 years ago started having progressive, dramatic neurological and pain symptoms after an "acute illness", including 50-pound.....?
Autoimmune: Post-infectious sequelae can cause a variety of syndromes and symptoms, largely of the autoimmune etiology. CIDP is a possibility. Do you have reflexes? CIDP can be diagnosed with EMG/NCS. Did you have that? There are panels of antibodies associated with not only CIDP but also autoimmune dysautonomia, which is another consideration. Were these panels sent? Mayo has comprehensive panels. For dysautonomia testing, I would recommend tilt table and skin biopsy for small fiber neuropathy. Other considerations include myopathies, which can be metabolic or mitochondrial, and I would recommend EMG as well as possible muscle biopsy. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Possibly.: Roller coasters by their very nature are fast, and move violently placing high levels of stress on the muscles and joints of the body. If you have significant degenerative disease riding a roller coaster could cause damage and lead to sore, painful back. Recommend that you speak with your physician and if needed seek out a evaluation from an orthopedic surgeon to see what their opinion is. ...Read more
Had an epidural and the needle was left in place; now I have degenerative disk disease is any connection?
No: Needle would not cause degenerative disk disease. ...Read more
How common is degenerative disk disease (ddd) for men under 30? Which races and professions are most susceptible?
Degenerative Disk: Osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease are very common but only about 1% of this disease occurs prior to age 30. The cause at this age includes old injuries, deformities, repetitive trauma from work or exercise, endocrine diseases, epiphyseal dysplasia, infection, and congenital bone abnormalities. White race has a higher incidence than black or Asian but numbers vary between studies. ...Read more
Aging: There are disks in your spine between the bones, that function as a type of padding. As we get older they dehydrate to some degree (degenerate). As they do this they may also start to "bulge". Depending on the degree nd location, this can put pressure on nerve roots causing symptoms. ...Read more
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more
No: It may remain localized to one or two specific areas. ...Read more
None: There are no nutritional treatments for degenerative disk disease. ...Read more
Common as we age: Most people as they age, develop degenerative disk disease. That is why most people shrink. Your particular circumstances may be related your genes, to the work you do, how you exercise, or any other number of reasons. If it's not causing symptoms, don't worry about it if your calcium and vitamin d levels are normal. ...Read more
Aging is #1: Degenerative disc disease occurs commonly with age. However, it can be made worse earlier with many things, including heavy labor, trauma, weak core/ abdominals, continued dehydration, increased weight, and smoking just to name a few. Physical therapy, proper mechanics, exercise and core strengthening can slow the degeneration. Some people benefit from inversion tables as well. ...Read more
At 22 I got diagnosed with degenerative disk disease in l5. It's painful when I first lay down until it adjust. Is my pain going to get worse with age?
Depends: The answer depends on the anatomy of the problem and of course the symptoms present. Many people have degenerative discs and live pain free. Fusions can be done if there is instability or deformity present. Disc replacement can be done in the absence of instability and deformity if the patients pain correlates well with the imaging findings. See a spine surgeon to discuss further. ...Read more
What's a korean therapeutic bed, and can it treat degenerative disk disease or arthritis in neck?
Bed Choice: Don't be swayed by aggressive marketing of a very expensive bed. There are only anecdotal reports of benefits (translation, personal preference). Personally, I cannot stand tempurpedic (very hard), but some patients swear by it. Ultimately, find a reputable dealer with a guarantee. Then try it. If you don't like it, exercise your option to return or exchange. ...Read more
I have degenerative disk disease have pain tonight, already took 10 mg of flexeril at 8pm est, can I take another one now?
Flexeril: No, because you took an adequate dose, and if that did not help, then try something else like Ibuprofen or Aleve (if you are not allergic to them). Also degenerative disc disease is not the cause of pain, unlike what most people believe. The pain occurs when this disc gets herniated and pushes on a nerve root or the spinal cord itself. ...Read more
I have degenerative disk disease and am having real difficulty sleeping soundly. Will sleeping on the floor help? Can't sleep in my bed.
DJD: Certainly a hard surface may be better. But this is not true for everyone. The best was to determine this is to try it out. ...Read more
How to get pain relief for degenerative disk disease I was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease about 8 years ago. I had a gp who gave be an excersize and stretching routine to help but there were times when this alone was not enough and she would pre
I: I am sorry for your inconvenience. My experience is that family doctors are less comfortable prescribing narcotic medications then in the past. This may be due to stronger regulations in many states. I think it is unlikely they think you are a drug addict with your usage. I would recommend consultation with a pain medicine doctor. They should be comfortable prescribing narcotic medications. They also may be able to recommend interventional or surgical treatments to fix the problem. ...Read more
Possibly...: But none proven through valid research yet. A diet rich in anti-oxidants can help decrease inflammation and degradation of connective tissue. There is a medical food called Limbrel which has some decent research stating that after 90 days its as affective as nsaids, but you would need to speak to your physician to see if its right for you. One of the best things would be healthy w/ weight loss. ...Read more
Many: There are many over the counter and prescription treatments for the pain that comes from degenerative disc disease (ddd). The class usually used is non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (nsaids). These include Aleve and ibuprofen. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a pain medicine, but not an nsaid. Aspirin also works. Sometimes, doctors will prescribe steroids (prednisone) or narcotic based meds. ...Read more