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Doctor insights on: Juvenile Disc Disorder

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I have juvenile degenerative disc disease and we are worried about complications arising when i get pregnant. What are common problems?

I have juvenile degenerative disc disease and we are worried about complications arising when i get pregnant. What are common problems?

Don't worry be happy: There is little chance of anything more than some increased lower back pain as long as your weight is under control, you are exercising regularly and you are not smoking. This slight increased risk of back pain can be managed with physical therapy modalities and with a pregnancy support harness if needed ...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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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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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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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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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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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 are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

Misnomer: For practical purposes, it's a misnomer describing an aging disc. It's like telling someone with wrinkles that she suffers from "degenerative skin disease". Radiologists love to use this term, so do busy spine surgeons. "disease" makes it sound like you urgently need a fusion or artificial disc implant. All our discs "degenerate" over time and most of us never have any trouble from that. ...Read more

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The e.r. doctor told me it was my degenatrive disc disease that I have in my middle back. do you think this is the case? my painhas been constant for a week

The e.r. doctor told me it was my degenatrive disc disease that I have in my middle back. do you think this is the case? my painhas been constant for a week

Could be: but for full evaluation, you need to consult a neurologist or a neurosurgeon, your primary doctor would be a good start for initial evaluation, best wishes ...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 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

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Who is at risk for degenerative disc disease?

Everybody!: Unfortunately, as we age, everyone is at risk for degenerative disc disease. However, the risk is higher in individuals with the following: 1. Smoking 2. Obesity 3. High demand jobs involving a lot of vibration, repetitive bending, or lifting (such as truck drivers, construction workers, jobs involving frequent heavy lifting, etc.) 4. Genetic tendency in families 5. Trauma. ...Read more

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What are options with degenerative disc disease?

What are options with degenerative disc disease?

Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for ddd and osteoarthritis of the spine include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation. If symptoms are more severe, consider pain management for stronger medications. Sometimes, despite all these treatments, symptoms are still there. See your doctor first. Consider an evaluation by a spine surgeon to discuss surgery. ...Read more

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What are the tests for degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc: The most common test now done is the MRI, in some cases a CT scan can be also helpful ...Read more

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How do I know if I have degenerative disc disease?

DDD: Many people are asymptomatic from degenerative disc disease, while some will have pain along the involved portion of the spine. ...Read more