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Degenerative Disk Disease Causes
Does degenerative disk disease cause joint and muscle pain all over body and really bad fatigue flu like aching?
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
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
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
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
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 is a pain medicine, but not an nsaid. Aspirin also works. Sometimes, doctors will prescribe steroids (prednisone) or narcotic based meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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