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Nutritional Supplements And Treatment Of Degenerative Disc Disease
Have degenerative disc disease, allergic to anesthesia, can't b put under Had 2 discs replaced prior to allergy Any option for treatment without sleep?
Very doubtful : You're allergic to all anesthetics. Need to find anesthetics you can use and make plan ...Read more
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First line--medications (advil, aleve, (naproxen) etc.--avoid opiates if you can!) as needed for pain relief, ergonomic adjustments at work (good seating posture/distance from computer, etc.), gentle neck exercises.
Second-line: steroid+/- Lidocaine injections for pain not controlled with medications. These injections last from a few weeks to several months.
Third line: neck surgery. The results are mixed! ...Read more
Back hurting, X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?
My back hurting X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?
Diagnosis critical: There don't seem to be many physicians who have skills in diagnosing back disease. Some rheumatologists and some physiatrists and some orthopedic surgeons, but the findings you describe are probably not the cause or related to the pain. ...Read more
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
I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and was told there's no treatment. Is there anything to alleviate the extreme pain associated?
DDD: Whomever told you that you have ddd may have missed the problem. Extreme pain in a young person from "ddd" is rare. If "ddd" is multiple levels, you have scheuermann's disease most likely. If single level, you likely have some sort of instability or stress fracture, infection, or other abnormality. I would suggest another opinion before I relegated myself to this diagnosis the rest of my life. ...Read more
I suffer from degenerative disc disease and recently experienced a severe episode when a nerve was trapped for a few days. The nerve was released but numbness in my lower calf and foot continued but has gradually improved. Is treatment required?
Depends: Most episodes of radicular complaints (pain and numbness down the leg) will resolve with conservative care. However, if pain, numbess, and especially weakness continues, then I would seek an evaluation. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: Degenerative disc disease, is a misnomer -- and not a disease. Just normal wear & tear that occurs w/ age -- it typically starts in the 2nd decade of life, everyone experiences this--equivalent to skin wrinkles (:degenerative skin disease"), gray hair ("degenerative hair disease"). In of itself needs no treatment. If symptoms present, ask your spine surgeon to guide you through finding the source. ...Read more
What is the best treatment for degenerative disc disease. I am taking pain meds now they do not help at all?
Regenerative med: Regenerative medicine may be the best treatment for degenerative medicine. A variety of interventional and non-interevntional options are available other than pain pills. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Possible : There are herbal supplements that contain analgesic or pain relieving effects as ones with anti inflammatory effects. The problem is that these herbal supplements are not regulated so that the quality or potency of their contents is variable an unknown. They can act to help symptoms but will not affect the progression of disc degeneration. ...Read more
The Best calcium supplement for a 27 yr old female with degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis? Citrate, carbonate, gluconate, phosphate?
No difference: The differences are not significant enough when it comes to clinical results. ...Read more
Yes It is possible: Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, your body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. ...Read more
Are there any non-invasive treatments for degenerative disc disease? I want to avoid surgery as long as I can. Is there anything non-invasive that can give me relief from my degenerative disc disease?
non-invasive — rest, activity modification, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medication
minimally invasive — steroid injections, endoscopic spine surgery treating facet joints and disks (endoscopic rhizotomy and endoscopic discectomy), pain stimulators and pain pumps, weight loss procedures
Invasive — traditional lumbar discectomy, laminectomy and spinal fusion.
Please see my health guides on endoscopic rhizotomy and discectomy. ...Read more
I have chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, facet arthrosis, nerve compression, spasms, and I have been to pain mang. Tried several treatments including steriods and injections. I am on a certain narcotic for which I know is not helpful, what now
Spinal Surgeon: It appears that you have tried many forms of conservative. I would recommend that you seek the care of a spinal surgeon. If you have nerve root compression secondary to a disc herniation, facet arthrosis, foraminal stenosis or lateral stenosis, surgical decompression may be in your future. See a spinal surgeon! ...Read more
Is there a cure for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease? I am overweight and cannot walk more than 10 steps without severe pain.
Treatment not cure: Lumbar degenerative disc disease can usually be managed with weight loss, exercise, anti-inflammatories and non-narcotic pain relievers. Surgery is reserved for severe cases accompanied by stenosis or necrologic symptoms. Diabetes and obesity compromise the outcome of surgery. ...Read more
My MRI result shows I have degenerative disc disease with lumbar spondylosis, and then my doctor said also have pott's disease any cure for this?
Concerning: Pott's disease is a serious infection causing fracture of the spine. This requires a long treatment. During your care, there is no harm in caring for your degenerative disc disease by walking and slow strengthening exercises. If walking is painful, supporting your posture with a brace may be needed for a while. Avoid lifting, twisting, or walking down hill. ...Read more
What is a natural cure for facet joint arthritis/degenerative disc disease in lower lumbar spine?
I have been experiencing chronic pain due to fibromyalgia degenerative disc disease hip arthritis insomnia and digestive issues no treatment is help?
Fibromyalgia/gluten: U are most likely an individual who has fibromyalgia in association with gluten intolerance. I would suggest that you go on a gluten-free diet and get tested for gluten allergies. Control of fibromyalgia is difficult but can be attained utilizing certain neuropathic pain medications and regular exercise. RE Case S (2005). The gluten-free diet: How to provide effective education and resources. ...Read more
What can cause lumbar degenerative disc disease? Had no trauma, exercise 4-5 x/week (aerobics), don't smoke, healthy weight, eat well, no family hx
Can degenerative disc disease, endometriosis, migraines, and colon condition all be due to food sensitiv.'s and/or underlying auto immune disease @46?
YES: Degenerative disk "disease" is a misnomer. This is not a disease but rather describes the normal age related processes that occur to our disks. These changes include disk dehydration, disk bulging / protrosions/ herniations, and disk space narrowing. These processes can be visualized nicely with an MRI scan and sometimes can be inferred by a xray. ...Read more
I have chronic (hereditary) degenerative disc disease & in a lot of pain what exercises are recommended?
See specialist: Make sure that your pain is from the "discs." most people with "degenerative discs" do not have pain. If the discs are causing pain, spinal stabilization exercises are helpful. Strengthening the hip abductors and extensors with appropriate hip flexor stretching is also often useful (a physical therapist can give you an individualized program). Walking or elliptical are good for cardio. ...Read more
Back Pain Options: This back pain as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. Surgery can be avoided. ...Read more