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Does taking narcotic therapy for degenerative disk disease effect my organs?

Does taking narcotic therapy for degenerative disk disease effect my organs?

Opioid side effects: Apart from the obvious issues like cognitive impairment, impaired responses to respiratory and cardiovscular conditions and liver damage, longterm narcotics usually rot your teeth and inhibit the body's production of sex hormones (especially testosterone) leading to loss of lobido and weakening of the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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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


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

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 is the success rate for dr. Tim davis' stem cell treatment for degenerative disk disease? What other treatments are available?

What is the success rate for dr. Tim davis' stem cell treatment for degenerative disk disease? What other treatments are available?

Money medicine: They dropped the results part of conversation the host put promising in but dr davis didn't answer the question the first fda studies are forsafety not efficacy we have spent years trying to come up with a reproducible outcome measurment for back pain and bogged down in thsubjective nature of pain complaintstreatment options are not always evidence based trxthis will go the way of idet i hope it. ...Read more

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Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Herniated disk, scoliosis, degenerative disk disease and sciatica. In pain what's the best treatment?

Start w conservative: Start w conservative treatment including physical therapy, epidural injection at the site of the nerve root irritation, and bracing as needed for pain relief. Core strengthening is very important. Surgery may be needed if all else fails. A good physical exam, history, and review of various imaging studies go into deciding what surgery you may need. Please keep us updated. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disk disease and am having real difficulty sleeping soundly. Will sleeping on the floor help? Can't sleep in my bed.

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

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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes degenerative disk disease?

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

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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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Narcotic (Definition)

A natural or synthetic alkaloid compound that has morphine-like qualities. Other examples are codeine, heroin, Meperidine (demerol). They are classified based on their intrinsic activity & where they interact in the central nervous system. They are involved in pain transmission ...Read more