I have degenerative disk disease and herniation. Any idea why?

Common as we age. Most people as they age, develop degenerative disk disease. That is why most people shrink. Your particular circumstances may be related your genes, to the work you do, how you exercise, or any other number of reasons. If it's not causing symptoms, don't worry about it if your calcium and vitamin d levels are normal.

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I have degenerative disk disease L4, 5 when I sit down and lean over I hear a click noise and feel the relieve of the pressure go away?

DJD L4-5. What you describe is quite normal. Position very often changes the weight distribution and the click may be due to slight joint movement or even the ligaments them selves. As long as there is no radiating pain then its fine. Read more...

I have degenerative disk disease in l-5, l-6. Drugs & chiropractic & light/electric/ therapy have not worked. Are there any more non-surgical options?

Acupuncture is prob- Ably the only one that you might not have tried or considered. Epidural shots of steroids, or radiofrequency nerve stimulation are another 2 options. Getting active with proper exercises, maintaining acceptable weight would be 2 more options. Maybe none of them, by themselves would be fruitful, but combining them is known to be helpful. If you are a smoker, quitting would be beneficial. Good luck. Read more...

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Talk to them. Your doctor will happily wean you off the medicine if they are it effective, or worse causing you harm. Simply ask them to reduce or eliminate those medicines that are upsetting to you. It is very common for doctors to try to use a variety of different medicines at the same time in order to block the multiple roads that pain takes to reach your brain from the area that hurts. Read more...