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What can you tell me about degenerative disc disease?

What can you tell me about degenerative disc disease?

Not a disease : More a condition like calling wrrinkly skin disease commonly asymptomatic age related risk factors include smoking truck driving 30% of people with no backache over age of 30 have findings consiatant with ddd on MRI ddd is a MRI finding not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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Degenerative Disc Disease (Definition)

A condition that cccurs when the normal "spongy" structure of the discs (the cushions between the vertebrae in the spine) degenerates, causing ...Read more


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Can you tell me anything about degenerative joint disease?

Can you tell me anything about degenerative joint disease?

Osteoarthritis: Usually a disease of the gradually aging, can be caused by trauma- see your pcp. ...Read more

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Can you tell me details of degenerative disc disease?

Aging: Degeneration of the disk involves chemical changes, loss of water content, tearing of the fibers, loss of height. Genetics plays a role, but if a person lives long enough she or he will eventually have some disk degeneration. It can be painless. When there is pain, it is called disease, but proving that it is the source of pain is not always possible. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about scheuermann's disease?

Can you tell me about scheuermann's disease?

Roundback: Scheuermann disease or juvenile kyphosis usually developes in adoleescence.Usually 3 or more contiguous thoracic vertebrae wedged anteriorly with narrowing of intervening disc spaces. Round back may be mild or more severe.Usually more cosmetic issue than one of pain. Spinal fusion can be performed to halt or partially correct thdeformity Adult Schuermann disease may demonstrate kyphosis and pain ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is degenerative ms?

Can you tell me what is degenerative ms?

A phase: We conceive that ms starts with inflammatory attack on the central nervous system, followed by a less intensive but gradually deteriorating process which is termed degenerative. So, the original relapsing-remitting course transforms at some point to a secondary progressive process. Without treatment 90% proceed by 20 yrs. Yet, potent and early treatment is designed to prevent the disability. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about scheuermann's disease/kyphosis?

Can you tell me about scheuermann's disease/kyphosis?

Roundback: Scheuermann disease or juvenile kyphosis usually developes in adoleescence.Usually 3 or more contiguous thoracic vertebrae wedged anteriorly with narrowing of intervening disc spaces. Round back may be mild or more severe.Usually more cosmetic issue than one of pain. Spinal fusion can be performed to halt or partially correct thdeformity Adult Schuermann disease may demonstrate kyphosis and pain ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is osteophytosis and facet disease?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is osteophytosis and facet disease?

Facet Arthropathy: Could be facet arthropathy/arthritis. There are joints in the spine where the bones articulate and can develop bone spurs and cause the clicking with pain typically with extension. I would consider seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if facet injections or radio frequency ablation would be helpful for you. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about ankylosing spondylitis?

What can you tell me about ankylosing spondylitis?

Systemic disease: A.S. Is a disease that fuses the spine. It starts at the bottom and works it's way up. It can also affect the rest of the body. Some more common problems are tendinitis, eye inflammation, heart murmurs, lung fibrosis. The newest research shows that Humira (adalimumab) can slow/stop early disease. You should see a rheumatologist. Please ask again with any specific questions ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is lumbar disc protrusion?

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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Waht can you tell me about spinal muscular atrophy?

Waht can you tell me about spinal muscular atrophy?

Spinal cord & muscle: Spinal muscular atrophy (sma) refers to a group of disorders that affect the nerve cells (anterior horn cells) that connect from the spinal cord to the muscles. There are several types depending on whether the disease starts in infancy, childhood, or young adulthood. Some genetic causes are known. There is no cure and treatment is supportive. For more info: www.Smafoundation.Org & www.Fsma.Org. ...Read more

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What to tell me about herniated disc surgery?

What to tell me about herniated disc surgery?

Indications: If you have a herniated disc pushing on a nerve with legs symptoms, and you have failed nsaids, pt, epidural injections, with symptoms continuing greater than 6-12 weeks, then surgery may be recommended to remove portion of the disc outside of the disc space, and by so doing remove the structure pushing on the nerve. Various minimally invasive approaches are available for this type of surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are lumbar discs?

Can you tell me what are lumbar discs?

Cartilage: Lumbar discs are the cartilage substances between the vertebrae in the lumbar spine. They are named by the bones they lie between. For example, in your lumbar spine there are the l1-2, l2-3, l3-4, l4-5, and l5-s1 discs. Five total. They provide shock absorption and help provide range of motion. They have a soft center, and if rupture will pinch on a nerve and cause sciatica, or nerve pinch. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can happen if i don't treat a bulging disk?

Please tell me what can happen if i don't treat a bulging disk?

Variable: In many cases the problem can resolve, but the more severe the discomfort, the more likely you will need treatment. Subsequent mris over several years have demonstrated resolution of some disc herniations. ...Read more

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Could you tell me about the disease retinoblastoma?

Could you tell me about the disease retinoblastoma?

Retinoblastoma: A retinoblastoma is a tumor in the back of the eye. Although it is very rare, newborns are screened for it at birth, and at subsequent well child checks by using an ophthalmoscope to detect any asymmetry in the light reflex off of the retina. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect from Parkinson's disease?

Can you tell me what to expect from Parkinson's disease?

Mayo Clinic!: Usually, a treating neurologist can provide very specific information to a patient. If you want to read on your own, the mayo clinic has a very good webpage (http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/parkinsons-disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell me details about spine spontilitis?

Can you tell me details about spine spontilitis?

I am assuming you: Are speaking of general spondylitis, and not specific types like akylosing spondylitis? If so, spondylitis is arthritis, often accompanied by inflammation of certain joints in the spine. This commonly seen in facet joints in the spine, which is where one vertebrae articulates with the next. It is normally a form of osteoarthritis similar to what you may see in other joints and can be very painful. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about olivopontocerebellar degeneration?

No.: Not in 400 characters. "The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy" is available from Amazon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about scoliosis and laminectomy?

Can you tell me about scoliosis and laminectomy?

Yes: Normally, when you look at the spine from the back it should be straight. If it is curved and the curve is greater than 10 degrees, then it is called scoliosis. A laminectomy is a surgical procedure done primarily to decompress "pinched" nerves. If an excessive amount of the stabilizing structures of the spine are removed during the decompression, a laminectomy can cause or worsen scolioisis. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about degenerative disc disease?

Not a disease : More a condition like calling wrrinkly skin disease commonly asymptomatic age related risk factors include smoking truck driving 30% of people with no backache over age of 30 have findings consiatant with ddd on MRI ddd is a MRI finding not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me details of degenerative disc disease?

Aging: Degeneration of the disk involves chemical changes, loss of water content, tearing of the fibers, loss of height. Genetics plays a role, but if a person lives long enough she or he will eventually have some disk degeneration. It can be painless. When there is pain, it is called disease, but proving that it is the source of pain is not always possible. ...Read more

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I was diagnose with DDD Also known as degenerative disc disease. Can anybody tell me what this is ? And how can I fix it ? Thank you

Not fixable: It's a result of living! As we all develop degenerative(wear and tear) changes by moving and weight bearing: some of us more than other. You can't reverse it but by optimize your weight, posture/ergonomics, and optimizing your core strength(think balance between your back and abdominal muscles) you can help minimize further damage to your spine. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease but I can't tell where?

My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease but I can't tell where?

MRI: Degenerative disc disease is a normal process of aging. The existence does not mean that you automatically have symptoms. Of you are in pain one way to diagnosed the presence of the condition is with an mri. ...Read more

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How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. peripheral neuropathy vs. degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

How can you tell if nerve pain is coming from herniated disc vs. peripheral neuropathy vs. degenerative disc disease? What are the symptoms of each?

Read on !: peripheral neuropathy is usually a symmetrical bilateral set of symptoms sensory or motor, Disc problems are often focal,local and unilateral A neurologist with the help of an electromyogram can help ...Read more

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What is degenerative disc disease?

What is degenerative disc disease?

DDD: 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. ...Read more

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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 causes degenerative disc disease?

What causes degenerative disc disease?

Genetics: 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. ...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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Who is at risk for degenerative disc disease?

Everybody!: Unfortunately, as we age, everyone is at risk for degenerative disc disease. However, the risk is higher in individuals with the following: 1. Smoking 2. Obesity 3. High demand jobs involving a lot of vibration, repetitive bending, or lifting (such as truck drivers, construction workers, jobs involving frequent heavy lifting, etc.) 4. Genetic tendency in families 5. Trauma. ...Read more

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What are options with degenerative disc disease?

Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for ddd and osteoarthritis of the spine include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation. If symptoms are more severe, consider pain management for stronger medications. Sometimes, despite all these treatments, symptoms are still there. See your doctor first. Consider an evaluation by a spine surgeon to discuss surgery. ...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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What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

What are the signs of a degenerative disc disease?

Misnomer: For practical purposes, it's a misnomer describing an aging disc. It's like telling someone with wrinkles that she suffers from "degenerative skin disease". Radiologists love to use this term, so do busy spine surgeons. "disease" makes it sound like you urgently need a fusion or artificial disc implant. All our discs "degenerate" over time and most of us never have any trouble from that. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have degenerative disc disease?

DDD: Many people are asymptomatic from degenerative disc disease, while some will have pain along the involved portion of the spine. ...Read more

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What medicines help with degenerative disc disease?

What  medicines  help with degenerative disc disease?

A variety: Of non steroidal anti inflammatory medication as long as there are no contraindications like allergies, use of blood thinners, kidney or liver disease or ulcer/reflux issues . Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an option. Other types of drugs like cymbalta, Elavil and neurontin/lyrica may also help. Ideally, not smoking, regular exercise and weight control are also helpful. Good levels of vitamin d also are important. ...Read more

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Is mild degenerative disc disease a permanent disability?

Disability : The question of disability is a difficult one. Disability is determined not by a specific disease, but instead by what a patient is able or unable to do. Mild degenerative disc disease can manifest in different ways. Based on the fact that it is mild, it is unlikely to cause symptoms that are severe enough for disability. However disability is determined by the patient's ability to perform activities and work. Determination of disability requires evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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