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What is degenarative spinal disease?

What is degenarative spinal disease?

Wear & tear: The end result of an active lifestyle combined with adverse genetics may include disc degeneration, bone spurs, arthritic spinal, (facet) joints, abnormal movement, nerve root compression, compression fractures, & just plain old pain. ...Read more

Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Spinal Disease (Definition)

This is a very general term. Spinal disease can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or lumbar (low back) spine. Typically, patients will have neck or low back pain secondary to degeneration of the spine or wear and tear. Patients can suffer disk herniations, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), formation of bone spurs, etc. Pain can also be due ...Read more


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Who knows most about a spinal disease?

Orthopaedic Surgeons: I admit my answer is (as all answers are) biased. Orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, rheumatologists, neurologists, physiatrists (rehabilitation doctors), and pain doctors (often anesthesiologists) are specialists, but internal medicine and family practitioners see an awful lot of back pain as well. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of spinal disease?

What are the common symptoms of spinal disease?

Variable!: Degenerative is part of the human condition. It can be silent (no symptoms). It is often associated with discomfort in the neck, mid back, and low back. If there is nerve or spinal cord irritation (compression, inflammation) there can be nerve symptoms (numbness, tingling, weakness, trouble walking, trouble controlling bladder and bowels). The problems vary widely in type & severity. ...Read more

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What is meant by "guarded prognosis" if spinal disease?

Guarded prognosis: This typically means that based on the condition we cannot make a clean cut determination as to which way pone could go. Essentially you have a 50/50 chance of getting better or getting worse. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Spinal disease?

Spinal Disease: This is a very general term. Spinal disease can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or lumbar (low back) spine. Typically, patients will have neck or low back pain secondary to degeneration of the spine or wear and tear. Patients can suffer disk herniations, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), formation of bone spurs, etc. Pain can also be due to trauma or fractures ...Read more

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Found out l have degenerative spinal disease is exercise good?

Djd: Yes exercise is always good. Degenerative disease is a normal process of getting old. Not all instances are necessarily painful. Exercise with strengthening is always good as it takes up some of the stress on the affected areas. You basically exercise according to your level of tolerance. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for spinal disease?

What is the treatment for spinal disease?

Depends: It depends on the symptoms and their severity. Many folks respond well to simple measures like exercise, stretching, strengthening, over the counter medicine. More severe problems do better with the guidance of a spine specialist, assessment, testing and treatment. ...Read more

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What specialist can give me diagnosis on a possible spinal disease?

What specialist can give me diagnosis on a possible spinal disease?

Spinal disease: Certainly your pcp, also neurologist, neurosurgeon, orthopedic spine surgeon, pain doctor, rehab medicine doctor can also do this for you. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is meant by "guarded prognosis" relating to spinal disease?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is meant by "guarded prognosis" relating to spinal disease?

Spine disorder: A guarded prognosis means that the future of this disease is not well known and significant complications may occur. No one has a crystal ball so seek another opinion for clarification. ...Read more

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Is there autoimmune disease that attacks ur spine? Spinal disease... Spine has degenerated extremely in past 6 ys, 7 spinal surgeries many more 2 com

There are: Seronegative spondyloarthropathies can attack the spine; however they do not cause degenerative disk disease which is what it sounds like you have diagnosed with. Imaging is able to distinguish between the two. Talk to your doctor to clarify your diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a very rare spinal disease called adhesive arachnoiditis. I am wondering if there is any treatment?

I have a very rare spinal disease called adhesive arachnoiditis. I am wondering if there is any treatment?

Arachnoiditis (spine): The symptoms of arachnoiditis can be treated with medications such as membrane stabilizers (like gabapentin), antidepressants and other pain meds. Dorsal column stimulation can also decrease its symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure or reversal of arachnoiditis yet... ...Read more

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Could an anxiety or panic disorder start at any age, not even till 38? Fibro, chronic pain-spinal disease& intense stress w/kids now, teens trouble w/law

Could an anxiety or panic disorder start at any age, not even till 38? Fibro, chronic pain-spinal disease& intense stress w/kids now, teens trouble w/law

Yes it can: Panic attacks can start at any age though the start earlier, however as we discussed before, panic attacks or severe anxiety attacks if you will, happen within the context of all types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, ocd, simple phobias. ..Etc. So please see our doctor for more proper and accurate assessment
good luck. ...Read more

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What kind of diseases and other things does a spinal tap look for and help rule out?

What kind of diseases and other things does a spinal tap look for and help rule out?

Good question: Infection-viral, bacterial, fungal
blood- sub arachnoid hemorrhage
inflammatory conditions affectng myelin
multiple sclerosis, others spinal dissesemination of tumors. ...Read more

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What are the most common spinal cord lesions/diseases in infants?

What are the most common spinal cord lesions/diseases in infants?

Type 0 SMA: Is the most common. The literature suggests there should be absent reflexes but this is not always the case. Autosomal dominant condition with 1/80 carrier state. There is a blood test for this. ...Read more

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How accurate are spinal taps when diagnosing the different stages of Lyme disease?

How accurate are spinal taps when diagnosing the different stages of Lyme disease?

Usually not needed: Lyme disease does not require a spinal tap to diagnose. There are blood tests that can be helpful but the history of a tick bite, rash, fever, headaches, joint aches or arthritis is helpful. However, most people with lyme do not have a known history of a tick bite. You do live in an area where lyme is common (nj). Go to www. Cdc. Gov/lyme for more reliable information. Avoid misdiagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a spinal cord disorder or disease that may cause death before the age of 30?

Can you tell me of a spinal cord disorder or disease that may cause death before the age of 30?

Are you worried?: ALS is the disease I think of first. Are you concerned that you have one? There is no background information in your post whatsoever, so under the circumstances I can't think of anything to add. ...Read more

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I am affected spinal TB (pott's disease)for 4 month and please say what are the food to be taken to recover...now I fell better and I also take tablet?

I am affected spinal TB (pott's disease)for 4 month and please say what are the food to be taken to recover...now I fell better and I also take tablet?

Keep taking Rx: Pott's is extremely serious and I'm glad you're taking medication. Do this without fail and don't distract yourself with any nonsense about food choices affecting your recovery. Eat sensibly but don't expect any magic food to really help or hinder. ...Read more

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Please explain why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy nicknamed kennedy's disease?

Please explain why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy nicknamed kennedy's disease?

Discoverer: William r kennedy md first described it in 1966. Full report kennedy wr, alter m, sung jh. Progressive proximal spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy of late onset. A sex-linked recessive trait. Neurology. Jul 1968;18 (7):671-80. ...Read more

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What specialists deal with spinal cord disease?

What specialists deal with spinal cord disease?

See below: Neurologists manage nonsurgical spinal cord problems such as MS, stroke, transverse myelitis. Neurosurgeons manage surgical problems such as tumors, trauma, disc herniations. ...Read more

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What is spinal cord disease, other than an injury or trauma?

What is spinal cord disease, other than an injury or trauma?

Many: These include infections, tumors, strokes, inflammatory disorders, polio, als, transverse myelitis, and many others.
There are vascular diseases, autoimmune disorders, and other syndromes/diseases which can affect the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy also known as kennedy's disease?

Why is spinal bulbar muscular atrophy also known as kennedy's disease?

Kennedy's Diease: A debilitating neurodegenerative disease resulting in muscle cramps and progressive weakness due to degeneration of motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord.
The condition is associated with mutation of the androgen receptor (ar) gene and is inherited as a x-linked recessive. As with many genetic disorders, no cure is known, although research continues. Described by dr kennedy in 1968. ...Read more

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Is flying with spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease considered safe?

Is flying with spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease considered safe?

Yes: Flying should be safe with these conditions. The main thing while flying, if you are having pain in particular, is to get out of the seat, walk around the plane, and do some stretching. ...Read more

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Explain to me why Paget disease could cause abnormal pressure on a spinal nerve?

Explain to me why Paget disease could cause abnormal pressure on a spinal nerve?

Thickened bone: In paget's disease, the bones break down, then try to rebuild themselves. The problem is, the new bone formation is abnormal - the bone is laid down haphazardly and is weaker and thicker than normal bone. If this happens in your vertebrae, the thickened bone can put pressure on the spinal nerves. ...Read more

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I have had a two-level spinal fusion (l5-s1). What is the best way to avoid (or prolong) adjacent disc disease?

I have had a two-level spinal fusion (l5-s1). What is the best way to avoid (or prolong) adjacent disc disease?

Not much: Accelerated adjacent segment degeneration is relatively common and concerns
adverse effects following spinal fusion. It
is believed that this accelerated degeneration
is due in large part to increased
mechanical stress on the adjacent motion
segments. Stay in shape, do not gain weight. ...Read more

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I have several herniated discs spinal stenios also faucet disease I have had 12 spinal injections and severe chronic back pain for years is meds onl?

Referral: Maybe a good time to get a referral to a local spine surgeon to go over information. If you have exhausted all conservative treatments. ...Read more

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What is the name of that spinal cord disease als?

A few terms: Spinal muscular atrophy refers to a childhood disorder of motor nerve cells. Primary lateral sclerosis is a focal form of ALS which can involve spinal cord. Primary muscular atrophy is another term indicative of a varying location, within cord, sparing upper nerve cells. ...Read more

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If you take super horny goat weed and stop takeing it can you get a spinal cord disease?

If you take super horny goat weed and stop takeing it can you get a spinal cord disease?

No: No, that shouldn't happen. The herb "super horny goat weed" doesn't affect the central nervous system. It is reportedly a phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor. ...Read more