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Can you tell me the life expectancy of an individual with degenerative cervical and lumbar disc disease?

Can you tell me the life expectancy of an individual with degenerative cervical and lumbar disc disease?

Probably normal: Disk degeneration by itself does not affect lifespan. Your longevity is more affected by other factors (genetics, blood pressure, heart-lung-other internal organ function, exercise, tobacco-alcohol-drug use). ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Can you tell me is glucosamine & chondroitin beneficial for lumbar disc disease?

The studies are hit: Or miss with glucosamine for joints overall, and discs are a difficult area to get nutrients to, so they may not be able to get much from glucosamine. That being said, some people really do have good results. It is a benign treatment that may actually help a great deal if you are one of the lucky few! ...Read more

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What exactly is a lumbar disc in your back?

What exactly is a lumbar disc in your back?

It is a structure: That acts like a joint by joining 2 bones together while allowing motion and weight bearing. It is 90% water at birth and dries up as we age. It has 2 distinct parts, an outer or annulus layer and an inner core, the jelly like nucleus pulposus. The annulus is similar to steel belts in a tire wrapping around forming the outer layer as a strong, tough layer that frays and cracks with age. ...Read more

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How much fluid is actually in a lumbar disc?

How much fluid is actually in a lumbar disc?

70-90%: The normal young adult disk is about 70-90% water, but it is held in the cells and other parts of the disk. Some of the molecules act like sponges to suck in and hold onto the water molecules. As we stand and sit and work throughout the day, some gets squeezed out; when we lie down and rest, those molecules suck it back in. As the disk ages, the percentage will decrease. ...Read more

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Is an operation necessary for a herniated lumbar disc of 5cm?

Second Opinion: I suspect that you meant 5 millimeters, not centimeters. The need for surgery is dependent on many things. Are you having neurologic problems such as weakness, numbness or pain. Is the condition something that you can resolve with nsaids, rest, massage, and so forth. If in any doubt discuss this with a different surgeon than the one who is suggesting surgery. Hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is lumbar disc protrusion?

Disc not intact: Disc protusion means that the soft part of your disc is bulging through an ares of weakness of the tough outer layer. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more