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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. James Lin
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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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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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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


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