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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Degenerative disks are 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, which is very painful. Also when the disks degenerate, ...Read more
What can cause lumbar degenerative disc disease? Had no trauma, exercise 4-5 x/week (aerobics), don't smoke, healthy weight, eat well, no family hx
Yes, could occur.: The original impact could tear the annulus fibrosis surrounding one or many discs, and could lead to progressive discogenic deterioration. ...Read more
I have degenerative disc disease(lumbard) & was told today i might have a synovial cyst. Are these related, could it be the cause of my intense pain?
Autoimmune disease: Lupus usually does not directly effect the spine or disks. There are pains, myalgias associated with lupus. In general lupus is not a direct player in spinal joint issues. Lupus can effect the spinal cord and brain, but this is a completely different matter and generally does not cause pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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