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.
Degenerative Disc. Degenerative disc disease typically does not cause a permanent disability. It sounds like this may have been an interpretation of an MRI that you had. Most discs in the spine will degenerate as we get older and do not necessarily cause pain and dysfunction.

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Spondylitis . Any painful condition in the body which is treated with a pain Med such as codeine . Will continue to require stronger or higher doses of pain meds to maintain comfort . That produces one of the conundrums in all of medicine and also leads to the necessity of major surgery on the spine . Alternatives exist , dealing with teaching one how to Cope and deal with the pain which does not require narco. Read more...
Need evaluation. This sounds like a chronic pain syndrome. It needs to be evaluated. Be certain where the pain is coming from. See what can be done to help it. On codeine long term is never a good idea. It depends on what else your physician and pain physicians can offer you. Read more...

Xray shows Minimal degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine. Mild degenerative disc disease at T12-L1. What does this mean for me? I have pain

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Agree . Agree they may not be related shoulder instability can give at times the feeling of hand numbness and "deadness" but constant tinglihn in the hand can be a nerve compression syndrome such as carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel or others even with mild DJD there may be some radicular symptoms to the hand frm the neck but not enought to warrant spine surgery. The nerve study may shed some more light on this. Read more...
EMG. Would have a very careful clinical examination performed and an EMG to better elucidate the problem. Read more...

Xray shows mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes. What does this mean?

Arthritis of spine. The end plates on either side of each vertebral bone articulate with the end plates of the ones above and below it. These can become enlarged over time with degenerative arthritis or following trauma. Eventually the space between the vertebrae becomes narrowed and pain sensitve structures like spinal nerves get pinched. Read more...

I'm a 75 year-old male with a multilevel severe degenerative disc disease at C3-4 through C6-7. Associated mild spondylosis and suspected mild to mod?

That is a statement . -of fact followed by a? mark. What is the question? If you mean what's this, it is degenerative disk disease of the neck, more noticeable at the levels C-3, and all levels down to C-6-7.treatment is driven by your symptoms. See a fellowship trained spine surgeon, my preference is an orthopedic surgeon though neurosurgeons have the same programs to complete to be so trained. Read more...

My back hurting X-ray showed mild multilevel degenerative disc disease with multilevel anterior endplate osteophytes, meaning & treatment for this?

Diagnosis critical. There don't seem to be many physicians who have skills in diagnosing back disease. Some rheumatologists and some physiatrists and some orthopedic surgeons, but the findings you describe are probably not the cause or related to the pain. Read more...

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It is normal for age. It is unfortunate that they use the word disease to describe the mild changes of your lumbar and thoracic spine. I never see a MRI report that is interpreted completely as normal. This result would have to be considered in the context of your symptoms. We dont treat mri's, we treat symptoms. Hope this helps. Read more...
Disc disease. Being male and 31 years old mild disc disease is a common finding and if not associated with any pain or weakness there are no surgical indications for treatment. Read more...

I had a neck xray done and the results state mild to moderate multi level degenerative disc disease greatest at c5-c6, c6-c7 and c7-T1?

Arthritis . Multiple level degenerative disc disease is another way to say you have developed some degenerative arthritis in your neck. If your pain is severe, or associated with symptoms that run down the arm, you may want to consider getting an MRI, which is a much more sensitive test to pick up causes of pain than an xray because it also shows soft tissue structures such as the discs, nerves, and cord. Read more...