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Doctor insights on: Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease

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I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?

See doctor: Degenerative disc disease of the thoracic spine can cause rib pain, chest pain, and shortness of breath ( from pain) but it shouldn't cause palpitations. Palpitations, chest pain and sob can also be heart problems. Go see doctor right away. Make sure your heart is ok. ...Read more

Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

Occurs when the normal "spongy" architechture of the disks goes away. The disks normally are between the vertebre in your spine so when the disks degenerate, you lose mobility and eventually the bones can touch together, ...Read more


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Being a 31 y/o male, what does it mean when my report says mild multilevel degenerative disc disease and slight scoliosis in the thoracic and lumbar?

Being a 31 y/o male, what does it mean when my report says mild multilevel degenerative disc disease and slight scoliosis in the thoracic and lumbar?

Disc disease: Being male and 31 years old mild disc disease is a common finding and if not associated with any pain or weakness there are no surgical indications for treatment. ...Read more

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Can I have degenerative disc disease?

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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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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Best treatment for degenerative disc disease?

Best treatment for degenerative disc disease?

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

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What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

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

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Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same?

Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same?

No: Degenerative disc disease is a mislabeling as it is a description used for the natural aging process of the discs. This degeneration can lead to inflammation which is what arthritis is, an inflammation of a joint. Not all degenerative joints are arthritic. ...Read more

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Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same thing?

Are degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same thing?

Pretty much: The most common type of arthritis is known as degenerative arthritis and describes the gradual wearing down of the cartilage cushion in a particular joint. In the spine, the disc serves as the cartilage cushion between the vertebrae. When it gets worn down this is known as degenerative disc disease, which essentially is a degenerative arthritis of the spine. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Is degenerative disc disease in my back mean I have arthritis?

Is degenerative disc disease in my back mean I have arthritis?

Different: degenerative disc disease can occur in the absence of arthritis, but it can cause a focal arthritic process. Every situation is different. The definition of arthritis is joint inflammation, degenerative disc disease puts more stress on the joints of the spine and increases the likelihood of arthritis in those specific facet joints. ...Read more

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How do I know how much vicodin is used for degenerative disc disease?

How do I know how much vicodin is used for degenerative disc disease?

Avoid!: Narcotics should have little, if any, use in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. There is not any good evidence that this class of medications help patients in the long term. Additionally, these medications are addictive. ...Read more

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Is lodine (etodolac) a good medicine to take for degenerative disc disease?

Is lodine (etodolac) a good medicine to take for degenerative disc disease?

Etodolac: Lodine, or etodolac, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and generally does well for degenerative disease in the joints and spine. However, don't forget the importance of strengthening and improving the flexibility of the nearby muscles - this can do even more than medicine to help with degenerative pains. ...Read more

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Could severe cervical degenerative disc disease cause or contribute to TMJ?

Could severe cervical degenerative disc disease cause or contribute to TMJ?

No...: It will be a separate issue........The disease for which you are taking Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)...may cause it. ...Read more

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Does my degenerative disc disease cause the severe pain between my shoulder blades?

Does my degenerative disc disease cause the severe pain between my shoulder blades?

Possible: Degenerative changes can lead to inflammation creating pain but so can other issues that are not spine related. If the pain is that bad, you should see your doctor to make sure it is not another problem. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease and can't walk. Will i ever be able to walk again?

I have degenerative disc disease and can't walk. Will i ever be able to walk again?

Maybe: It is impossible to give you a reliable answer without data. For how long have you been unable to walk, how much the inability is due to weakness vs pain, what your spine imaging shows, are all critical factors. Your phyisicans (who should be neurologists, neurosurgeons, or orthopedists, and perhaps rehab specialists) can best judge. ...Read more

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My mom has degenerative disc disease. What are the chances that I have inherited it?

My mom has degenerative disc disease. What are the chances that I have inherited it?

Almost all have : Evidence of degenerative discs as we age but a percentage due get back and or neck pain as a result an their is a percentage that is inherited but more at risk if overweight &/or a smoker. The risk of inheritance is probably around 25%. ...Read more

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I have disc herniation and degenerative disc disease. What do you think about surgery at 70?

I have disc herniation and degenerative disc disease. What do you think about surgery at 70?

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

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