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How do I know if lower back pain is associated with possible degenerative disc?

How do I know if lower back pain is associated with possible degenerative disc?

Difficult sometimes: Disc degeneration is so common that it often difficult to determine if a particular disc is causeing symptoms. There are many people walking around with disc degeneration who have no low back pain at all. Mri findings correlate poorly to symptoms in many cases. Some doctors will do an injection of the disc (discogram) to see if it is painful but this is a very controversial test. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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I've got severe lower back pain. It's been going on for more than a year. Got an MRI done. Doctor says - Degenerative Disc Disease. Suggestions?

I've got severe lower back pain. It's been going on for more than a year. Got an MRI done. Doctor says - Degenerative Disc Disease. Suggestions?

Specialty clinic: For best results I recommend that you get an appointment at a clinic or practice that specializes in back problems only. You will get thorough evaluation and the proper therapy. ...Read more

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Why first day or 2 of period lower back pain worst (with abdo cramps)? Chronic back pain since teen. Told need more muscles. Degenerative disc on mri.

Back pain: I suggest to also check your vitamin d level and you need active physical therapy (it means you learn with which muscles you need to work to strngthen you back and lessen your pain). ...Read more

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I have random tingling inner thighs, sides of knees and calves with Increased low back pain. I have severe degenerative disc disease S1-L5; related?

I have random tingling inner thighs, sides of knees and calves with Increased low back pain. I have severe degenerative disc disease S1-L5; related?

Maybe the calf pain: Medial thigh pain is a higher dermatome, usually L3 or L4 nerve roots. Buttock, posterior-lateral thigh, posterior calves however are consistent with S1, sometimes L5 radiculopathy (tingling, burning, aching, pulling). You probably need more of a work up, PT for core stabilization, stretching, nerve slides and piriformis stretching, maybe an epidural, MRI if not done yet. ...Read more

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Iam having extreme lower back pain mostly on my left side it has gotten worse since im not working and im wondering if laying around alot is doing it, i have been told that i have 2 degenerative disk but this was when i was 18 i am 31 now and its never be

Iam having extreme lower back pain mostly on my left side it has gotten worse since im not working and im wondering if laying around alot is doing it, i have been told that i have 2 degenerative disk but this was when i was 18 i am 31 now and its never be

R/O SCIATICA : Your age and description of symptoms is suggestive of sciatica. You need a full exam and focused Neuro exam with reflexes Checked. Also X-ray of lumbar spine and if no improvement an MRI to rule out arthritis a bulging disc or congenital back issue. Till then no heavy lifting . You should take muscle relaxant and NSAID for flares. If SX worsen steroid injection. GF DIET WHOLEAPPROACH.com ...Read more

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Lower back pain. Have been disgnosee with slip disc. How shall i strengthen my lower back?

Lower back pain. Have been disgnosee with slip disc. How shall i strengthen my lower back?

Exercises: The best are dynamic stabilization exercises. Your best bet is to have a your physician or a physical therapist verify you are doing them correctly. ...Read more

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24 yro male, history of microdiscectomy X2 about 1 year ago. If disc(s) are fixed, why is lower back pain (non radiating) still present?

Most likely case is : That the disc surgery fixed the pinching of the nerve causing the leg pain but the disc itself is no longer functioning well to bear and distribute the normal loads subjected to it in every day life leading to your back pain. You may need further exercise to develop better core strength & use OTC meds as needed or even a simple back support. Rarely, a fusion may be indicated if no improvement. ...Read more

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What is the minimum time and maximum effictive exercise that helps reduce lower back pain or fix the probleme over time that caused by disc eruption?

What is the minimum time and maximum effictive exercise that helps reduce lower back pain or fix the probleme over time that caused by disc eruption?

Impossible 2 answer-: -each case is different. If U have a herniated disk & R very symptomatic, a spine surgeon is who U should B Cing, Exercises will not make it better, epidural steroids can give relief but is usually not long lasting. Eventually if it interferes with quality of life, surgical option can B the answer. From a micro diskectomy to fusion or disk replacement R all on the table until U C a spine surgeon, ...Read more

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Hi have had lower back pain for over 10 years. I'm getting ready to start injections but that does not help herniated discs. I also have several lipom?

That depends: Depends on cause of your pain. Lipomas are not & they are frequently found & asymptomatic unless large & over an area like where you belt would be. Disc herniations are found in a lot of people even without back pain. Injections like epidurals can help if disc causing sciatic pain. Otherwise, are you fit & trim as well as a non smoker who exercises regularly? If not you need to be! ...Read more

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What could be responsible for recurrent disc & lower back pain, & what can I do? Somebody suggests acupuncture!!!

What could be responsible for recurrent disc & lower back pain, & what can I do? Somebody suggests acupuncture!!!

Body structure: Start with low back exercises. Look up Williams flexion exercises on Google and start doing your exercises on a regular basis. If you are overweight, then you need to start losing weight and get back to an ideal body weight. Check and see that your feet have normal arches and normal mechanics. Sometimes back problems come from your feet. Acupuncture certainly is a good possibility but you need to do the other things first. ...Read more

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I have chronic mid lower back pain, it almost feels like my spine i don't believe its a disc but are there any suggestions on what I should do?

I have chronic mid lower back pain, it almost feels like my spine i don't believe its a disc but are there any suggestions on what I should do?

Back pain in young: Young patients rarely need further evaluation for back pain as it is usually self-limiting. For mild symptoms, muscle pains are most common. Consider also disc herniation which may cause pain without sciatica. Stress fracture occurs in 5% of the population without any symptoms. If symptoms persist, then see your doc for a more specific evaluation. ...Read more

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Lower back pain right lower back swollen had MRI nothing showing but one disc problem?

Lower back pain: Is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the us. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist for further investigation. ...Read more

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What are good exercises for lower back pain due to herniated l5/s1 disc?

What are good exercises for lower back pain due to herniated l5/s1 disc?

Depends: If it is a really acute problem with much leg pain, low impact aerobic exercise (water exercise, walking) may be the best. For lesser or more chronic pain, you can focus on core stretching and strengthening (tummy and back muscles). You can find some online or better, see your primary provider or a physical therapist. ...Read more

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2 days ago while working out I had lower back pain that within hours became severe. Now it feels better but still there. Is a herniated disc likely?

2 days ago while working out I had lower back pain that within hours became severe. Now it feels better but still there.  Is a herniated disc likely?

Possible but ehhhh: If you're only symptom is back pain which is GETTING BETTER in 24 hrs. after having worked out? And the pain is localized to the back? No other symptoms radiating down the leg, sudden major leg weakness on one side or the other, numbness, tingling then, I'm afraid the badge of courage you can wear back to the gym will be nothing more than an overstrained back....you'll be fine. Doubt hernia. ...Read more

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Lower back pain. I had MRI done 2 weeks ago doc said i had a problem with a couple disc but nothing showing for as much pain as im having please help.

See a rheumatologist: I would urge you to see a rheumatologist and make sure your back pain is not related to spondylitis. If that is the case, an MRI of the lumbar spine would often show no significant issues. ...Read more

Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Occurs 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, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more