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Doctor insights on: Dx Code For Degenerative Joint Disease

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

This common degenerative condition impacts the joints, where normal wear and tear on them gets to a point where they can no longer keep up with the pace of generating fresh cartilage. As a result, the joint space thins, the bone becomes exposed and painful, and bone spurs ...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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Best treatment for degenerative disc disease?

Best treatment for degenerative disc disease?

A sequence: Degenerative discs leak fluid which sets up a significant inflammation with pain and sometimes dysfunction of sensory and functional nerves. Treatment includes rest, ice (not heat) and good physical therapy along with nsaids. Steroid injections can sometimes help. If the condition persists more than 3 months, surgery is sometimes needed. ...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 degenerative joint disease with moderate osteophyte formation?

DJD w osteophytes: Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is the normal "wear and tear" kind of arthritis that we are all going to get as we get older in our most used joints. Part of the process of chronic arthritis is a remodeling of the calcium structure of the bone at the joint surfaces, which leads to accumulation of calcium away from the point of pressure. Ibuprofen will help discomfort from this normal process. ...Read more

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How is ankylosing spondylitis differentiated from ddd? Have diagnosis of ddd&psoriatic arthritis. Leg weakness for years. New med for psa has eliminated. As?

How is ankylosing spondylitis differentiated from ddd? Have diagnosis of ddd&psoriatic arthritis. Leg weakness for years. New med for psa has eliminated. As?

One is part of other: As is a inherited condition that results in calcification of the disk spaces throughout the spine. This gives the term "bamboo spine". This is a form of ddd. The leg weakness can come from canal or foraminal stenosis related to this. Ddd is a part of as. Imaging can help with the diagnosis and surgery is the last option. Surgery for ddd with as is more complicated. ...Read more

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Degenerative disk disease diagnosed at 21, what to do?

Degenerative disk disease diagnosed at 21, what to do?

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

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Ddd l5, djd right tmj, chronic sciatica and back pain, hypermobile fingers, hashimoto's thyroid. Could there be an underlying disease connecting these?

Ddd l5, djd right tmj, chronic sciatica and back pain, hypermobile fingers, hashimoto's thyroid. Could there be an underlying disease connecting these?

Look at Ehrler-: Danlos syndrome. There is a wide spectrum of manifestations for this genetic disorder. I don't think hashimoto's is related though. ...Read more

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Is degenerative joint disease covered by disability?

Is degenerative joint disease covered by disability?

Pain physician: It is the effect of a disorder/disease which makes a person disable rather than having the disease. You should consult a pain management center for better guidance. ...Read more

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How useful is total joint replacement in case of chronic ankylosing spondilitis? Best remedy/suggestions to deal with chronic ankylosing spondilitis

How useful is total joint replacement in case of chronic ankylosing spondilitis? Best remedy/suggestions to deal with chronic ankylosing spondilitis

Ankylosing spondylit: Early diagnosis and treatment is best choice for ankylosing spondylitis due to its chronic debilitating effects .Treatments include anti inflammatory drugs, Methotrexate , Arava (leflunomide) , sulfasalazine, plaquenil, and aplha tnf blockers such as remicade, Humira enbrel, simoni. Prednisone is used at times. Aerobic exercise and swimming are very important .Joint replacement if peripheral joints are destroyed. ...Read more

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HLA+, ESR-, CRP-, Ana-, CCP-. Went thru MRI which said inflammation sacrolities with acute erosion of illiac bone. What to make of it? Is it curable?

HLA+, ESR-, CRP-, Ana-, CCP-. Went thru MRI which said inflammation sacrolities with acute erosion of illiac bone. What to make of it? Is it curable?

HLA B27 : Your description fits in with hla b27 positive spondyloarthropathy which primarily affects spine, si joints and larger peripheral joints such as hip and knees. It is an inflammatory joint disease and needs to be thorough evaluated and aggressive treatment initiated by a rheumatilogist . Sacro iliac joint x-ray shows inflammation of sacro iliac joint called sacroilitis ...Read more

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What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis. Their treatments?

What is the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and severe degenerative osteoarthritis. Their treatments?

Many differences: Rheumatoid arthritis typicall affects small joints of the hands and feet, is much more painful and causes stiffness of the joints. Degenerative joint disease, also called osteoarthritis is disease of the weight bearing joints like knees and hips and causes low to moderate degree of pain and it often occurs after 50 yrs of age. ...Read more

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How do degenerative osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease/degenerative disc disease differ?

How do degenerative osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease/degenerative disc disease differ?

Arthritis vrs aging: Degenerative joint disease is an outdated term for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints. Degenerative disc disease is sometimes diagnosed when vertebral spurs are noted. The latter phenomenon, referred to most accurately as spondylosis deformans, is asymptomatic. It may be associated with disc disease, but disc damage does not necessarily cause pain. ...Read more

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What is the va disability rating for degenerative disc disorder?

What is the va disability rating for degenerative disc disorder?

Check this out: http://www.hadit.com/forums/topic/17960-how-is-degenerative-disc-disease-rated/.

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.5cm subchondral cyst in wrist, mild degen changes 1st carpalmetacarpal joint, treatment and questions for surgeon?

.5cm subchondral cyst in wrist, mild degen changes 1st carpalmetacarpal joint, treatment and questions for surgeon?

Wrist pathology: A 0.5 cm cyst by itself has no particular significance. Likewise for the mild degenerative changes. What needs to be evaluated is the clinical context for these findings i.E what are the symptoms? That would be the basis for evaluating treatment options. ...Read more

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Degenrative disc disease & facet joint arthropathy, what to do?

Exercise: Exercise. Regular aerobic exercise, 30 minutes at least three days a week can reduce pain. Strengthen your core muscles (back and tummy). Physical therapy can guide you in these. A rehabilitation specialist or spinal specialist can also guide you. ...Read more

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Is pericarditis linked to rheumatoid arthritis?

Is pericarditis linked to rheumatoid arthritis?

It can be : There are many possible causes of pericarditis. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus are known to cause inflammation of internal organs or tissues. Inflammation of the linng of the heart, the pericardium, is called pericarditis. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more