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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 moreSee 9 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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