symptoms of an l5 s1 degenerative disc

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What is best way to treat symptoms of degenerative disc disease?

Lifestyle changes

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Usually incorpoating an exercise routine, proper weight control, smoking cessation, possible use of a back support, making sure your mattress is good and sometimes use of over the counter medications if no medical reasons not for their use.
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Dr. Andre Panagos answered:

Please explain what are some symptoms of cervical spine degenerative disc disease?

Variable

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It can range from simple neck stiffness to severe pain, numbness and weakness in the arms due to a pinched nerve.
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Dr. Carl J. Spivak answered:

Can a chiropractor help alleviate my degenerative disc disease symptoms? Would it be beneficial for me to choose to treat my degenerative disc disease through a chiropractor? .

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Back pain and degenerative disk disease is a complicated disease. There are many treatments for this problem including rest, physical therapy, chiropractor, weight loss, medications, steroid injections, back disk or fusion surgery, spinal cord stimulation and pain pumps. Some treatments work for some people but not for others. I always recommend starting with the least dangerous and invasive treatments first such as physical therapy and chiropractor. If chiropractor does not work for you then you should see a spine pain specialist or spine surgeon. Good Luck!
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i have degenerative disc disease dislocation of 3 lumbar discs and disc herniation at L5/S1 and disc bulges on L3/4 L4/5 my doctor says he cant op why?

Conservative surgeon

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There are several possibilities. The surgeon may feel that your problem(s) will not be helped by surgery. Another possibility is the doctor doesn't want to operate at multiple levels. Spine surgeons usually don't want to operate unless they are sure surgery can help you. This is an excellent attitude.
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I have degenerative disc disease in my L4 and L5 and in constant pain is there anything that can be done to fix it besides painkillers.

Depends

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Consider seeing a Chiropractor who is a Physical Therapist. Other options are Spine Surgeon or Pain Mgmt specialist. Good luck.
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Dr. Walter Husar answered:

A recent spine X-ray shows loss of volume of T10 and T12, also degenerative disc disease between L3-L4 and L4-L5 what do these both mean?

Arthritis -- Spine

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What are you describing is arthritis of various levels of your spine. Loss of volume describes damage to the intervertebral disc (loss of water), less cushion. Degenerative joint at L-4 and L-5, signify arthritic degeration of the vertebrae - facet and foraminal narrowing.
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Dr. Dan E. Fisher answered:

what is Degenerative disc disease?

DDD

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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.
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Dr. Eric Weisman answered:

Can I have degenerative disc disease?

Yes

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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)
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Dr. Stan Lee answered:

what causes degenerative disc disease?

Genetics

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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.
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Dr. Tibor Becske answered:

Is degenerative disc disease job related?

Unlikely

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it depends on your job and on your discs. We all will have disc disease as we get middle aged or older. To what extent a job contributes is hard to know, unless you suffered a specific accident on the job causing an isolated disc herniation.
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