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Doctor insights on: Degerative Disc Disease

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I am looking to find a spinal doctor in my area (wake forest, north carolina) who will take me seriously. I have degerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compressiom, buldging discs, synovial cysts, etc and pain that only gets worse. I've done just

I am looking to find a spinal doctor in my area (wake forest, north carolina) who will take me seriously. I have degerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compressiom, buldging discs, synovial cysts, etc and pain that only gets worse. I've done just

See Pain Doctor: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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What would be your choice of treatment for migraines, fibromyalgia, cervical stenosis, degerative disc and joint disease, TMJ & myofacial combined.

What would be your choice of treatment for migraines, fibromyalgia, cervical stenosis, degerative disc and joint disease, TMJ & myofacial combined.

Variable: There is no single medication which will provide significant relief for all of these disorders; you should see your pcp for this complex dilemma. A good starting point for therapy is non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, like aleve. Add to that a general neuropathy rx like lyrica (pregabalin). Each case and response to therapy is different -- see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is severe disc disease and how is it treated?

What is severe disc disease and how is it treated?

Disc disease: There is not good correlation between degree of disc disease on an imaging exam and degree of back pain. Some people with horrible looking backs have no pain and some with perfect looking backs have horrible pain. ...Read more

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How can electroacupuncture worsen or improve disc disease?

Unlikely: This is unlikely to worsen or improve disc disease. At best it may help the symptoms either transiently or less frequently for a prolonged period of time. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is degenerating disc disease?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is degenerating disc disease?

Aging discs: Degenerative disc disease is the process by which discs in your back break down with wear and tear and with aging. Discs are found between vertebral bodies in our spines. Discs provide cushions between bones. Gravity, years of heavy lifting and running and walking and standing and jumping provides stress on the discs and they break down with time. Pain, nerve issues and other symptoms arise. ...Read more

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Please tell me can electroacupuncture improve or worsen disc disease?

Please tell me can electroacupuncture improve or worsen disc disease?

Acupuncture: Acupuncture with electric stimulation can decrease inflammation, improve blood circulation & lymphatic drainage with decreased pain in area around the disc. However, the acupuncture will not cure/ fix the disc itself. ...Read more

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What is degenerative disc disease?

What is degenerative disc disease?

DDD: In short, it is normal wear and tear of the vertebrae and discs without evidence of a more precise pathology such as neural impingement , inflammation, spondylolisthesis, dish, etc. ...Read more

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Can I have degenerative disc disease?

Yes: Living in florida and being 39 you can be developing osteoarthritis of the spine. You can tell from plain x-rays. Are the vertebral bodies getting close togeather at any level and are there bony overgrowths seen like in this photo ? This is the lumbar spine (low back). ...Read more

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What causes degenerative disc disease?

What causes degenerative disc disease?

Genetics: In a research study started in 1991 and published in 2009 (the spine journal 9 pg. 47-59), identical and nonidentical twins were longitudinally studied. Twins had widely differing levels of risk factors (activity, smoking, occupation) thought to cause ddd. This study showed that there is a strong genetic component to ddd and that external risk factors previously belived to be important, were not. ...Read more

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What happens with degenerative disc disease?

What happens with degenerative disc disease?

Collapse: Discs lose water content and sponginess. More load on the facets causing them to hypertrophy. This in turn leads to more nerve root compromise. May ultimately end with need for surgical intervention. ...Read more