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How is spinal stenosis symptom different from herniated disc symptoms?

How is spinal stenosis symptom different from herniated disc symptoms?

Typical spinal : Stenosis symptoms in the lumbar spine are pains radiating to the leg(s) with progressive standing and walking relieved by bending over or sitting while a disc herniation causes pain into the leg(s) worse with sitting and bending and usually better standing or walking. Both feel better typically lying down. Obviously, there are variables based on several factors in terms of symptom presentation. ...Read more

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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Spinal Disease (Definition)

This is a very general term. Spinal disease can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), or lumbar (low back) spine. Typically, patients will have neck or low back pain secondary to degeneration of the spine or wear and tear. Patients can suffer disk herniations, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), formation of bone spurs, etc. Pain can also be due ...Read more


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Is mild degenerative disc disease a permanent disability?

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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How serious is lumbar disk disease if myelopathy?

How serious is lumbar disk disease if myelopathy?

It is rare: In most people, the tip of the spinal cord is at the bottom of l1, the first bone in the lumbar spine, so all lumbar disk herniations miss the spinal cord, even large ones. There are some folks with tethered cords, so the spinal cord is elongated. Since the tether can cause the cord problems, in such cases a large disk herniation could be double jeopardy. This is rare but serious. ...Read more

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Which is mild generative disc disease associated with sciatica?

Which is mild generative disc disease associated with sciatica?

Generally this would: Not be associated with any sciatica unless there was an annular tear creating an acute inflammation causing irritation of a nerve root that contributes to the sciatic nerve leading to pain over its distribution into the leg with most resolving but can occasionally lead to a true disc herniation which 90% of the time improve without surgery. Regular exercise, keeping trim ; not smoking are key. ...Read more

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What is mild generative disc disease associated with sciatica? What causes it?

What is mild generative disc disease associated with sciatica? What causes it?

Wearing out: Disc dries out, wears out, or suffers infection/inflammation called discitis.If it's assoc'd w/sciatica, it could actually be referred pain from an annular disc tear.Otherwise, sciatica has many causes from pinched nerve due to lumbar vertebral dysfunction, SI jt problem, piriformis syndrome, etc.I never assume that just because disc disease is present that it is THE cause until others ruled out. ...Read more

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What is mild generative disc disease associated with sciatica? What causes it?

What is mild generative disc disease associated with sciatica? What causes it?

Myofascial pain: Sciatica is the word used to describe pain radiating down a leg and assumed to come from disc problems in the lower back. Most of the time, an examination of your fascia will show where the injuries to your fascia are located, and which of these old injures are causing the radiating nerve-like pain you call sciatica. It is NOT from mild degenerative disc disease. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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Is constant yawning a symptom of Parkinson's disease?

Is constant yawning a symptom of Parkinson's disease?

No: No, though people with parkinson's often have fatigue/ daytime sleepiness issues and disrupted sleep that might cause yawning. The tendency for many with patkinson's to let their mouth droop open could conceivably be confused with yawning as well. ...Read more

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How concerning is lumbar disk disease with myelopathy?

Unusual: Most lumbar discs do not cause myelopathy because they occur below the level of the spinal cord. You may have both cervical and lumbar disc disease (or rarely thoracic) This could cause the combination of lumbar disc herniation and myelopathy. ...Read more

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Is lumbar disk disease with myelopathy considered very serious?

Is lumbar disk disease with myelopathy considered very serious?

It depends on the : Nature and degree of neurologic findings as most disc herniations are treated non operatively with 10% going to surgery with 1% being a true surgical emergency when involving the nerves that control bathroom functions. The risk of spinal cord compression is low as the cord usually ends by L1 level in most adults with most disc herniations occuring at l4-5 & l5-s1. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of neurological chronic Lyme disease?

What are the symptoms of neurological chronic Lyme disease?

Brain Lyme : Neurological involvement by Lyme occurs after a long period of untreated infection and leads to difficulty with walking, thinking, vision and MRI with a spinal tap test to confirm diagnosis ...Read more

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How serious or dangerous is lumbar disk disease with myelopathy?

How serious or dangerous is lumbar disk disease with myelopathy?

Need more info: Lumbar disease usually cannot cause myelopathy. Myelopathy is compression of the spinal cord or an intrinsic brain disease. The spinal cord ends at about L1 (the upper most part of the lumbar spine) in most patients so lumbar disease (meaning the lower back area) doesn't cause spinal cord compression. A more specific question may be more helpful. ...Read more

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Is chest pain a symptom of lupus arthritis flare?

Is chest pain a symptom of lupus arthritis flare?

Yes but...: Lupus flare up can cause inflammation of the pleura and pericardium (sack around the lungs and heart respectively) which can cause chest pain. However it is important that you see your doctor to be sure there is no coexisting coronary artery disease as well. ...Read more

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Is degenerative disc disease job related?

Unlikely: 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. ...Read more

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Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Is back pain a symptom of spinal cord compression?

Possibly: In most people, the spinal cord ends at the top of the lumbar spine. Hence, most lumbar problems are too low to account for spinal cord compression. However, thoracic or upper lumbar spinal cord compression can be accompanied by pain, usually higher up. ...Read more

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Could degenerative cervical disk diease get worse?

Could degenerative cervical disk diease get worse?

Yes: If you haven't been evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon - recommend that. ...Read more

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Question about cauda equina syndrome caused by spinal nodule/tumor on cauda equina nerve roots - possible metastasis with severe increasing symptoms?

Question about cauda equina syndrome caused by spinal nodule/tumor on cauda equina nerve roots - possible metastasis with severe increasing symptoms?

Don't delay: Cauda equina syndrome is the loss of sensation or strength in the legs, along with loss of bowel and bladder control. It can be caused by tumor masses compressing nerve roots emanating from the lower part of the spinal cord. It is a medical emergency that may require surgery or radiation to prevent a permanent loss of function. ...Read more

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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 early spinal involvement in Psoriatic Arthritis indicate more severe form of the disease with deformity?

Does early spinal involvement in Psoriatic Arthritis indicate more severe form of the disease with deformity?

No-there are 5 types: There are 5 different types of psoriatic arthritis. Back involvement is one type of these and there can be overlaps. Your rheumatologist can better advise you on the state of your risks and involvements. Many things impact this. ...Read more