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Thoracic Degenerative Disc Disease
I have severe thoracic degenerative disc disease and desiccation. I have started having trouble breathing, chest pain, rib pain, and heart palpitation?
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?
Could an untreated compression fracture in the mid-thoracic spine ultimately lead to degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine?
No: No way to conmect the two.Get a more detailed answer ›
22 year-old woman is 59" and 85 pounds, found to have osteoporosis, and despite not having any eating problems, cannot gain weight to get back.....?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer