Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing two terms for the same disease?

Not exactly. Degenerative disc disease is a broad term and can mean that the disc has become desiccated (losing water content) and appear black on a t2 weighted MRI sequence. As this progresses the height of the disc can be lost (disc narrowing). So to sum it up not all degenerative discs have narrowing of height but all narrowed discs are degenerated. Hope this helps!
YES. Degenerative disk "disease" is a misnomer. This is not a disease but rather describes the normal age related processes that occur to our disks. These changes include disk dehydration, disk bulging / protrosions/ herniations, and disk space narrowing. These processes can be visualized nicely with an MRI scan and sometimes can be inferred by an xray.

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Are degenerative disc disease and disc space narrowing the same thing?

Not really. I wouldn't say the terms are interchangeable, but certainly degenerative disc disease can be seen as disc space narrowing as described on xrays and other imaging. Read more...

Does degenerative disc disease really progress or does it stay the same?

It can progress. Asit progresses it can become less symptomatic it's "worsening" on x-ray or MRI may not involve worse symptomsor any symptoms at all just because you have back pain and ddd on imaging doesn't mean it is the cause of your dback pain. Read more...

I have Degenerative disc disease with two bulging docs in my neck C4 c5. Will it get worse. What can I do to keep it from getting worse.? Help pain?

Degenerative Discs. All of our tissues undergo degenerative changes as we age and this discs between our vertebrae are no exception. I wonder why we refer to degenerative discs as a "disease". We don't refer to wrinkles on our face as "degenerative skin disease" or grey hair as "degenerative hair disease". That said, degenerative discs can be a source of pain. If an anti-inflammatory doesn't resolve it see your dr. Read more...

Degenerative disc disease with bilateral neural foraminal narrowing with spinal canal narrowing and spinal cord impingement at L2-L3 (9mm) with neurofibroma-will these conditions be treated without any surgry?

Tricky. first, if there are signs of nerve damage (strength, sensation, changes in control of bowel or bladder) then surgery is indicated. Then.... 1-10% of the population has lumbar disk disease and surgery is not generally done and doesn't have that good of an effect when it is. Neurofibroma in spine complicates things. A Lot. It's a growing benign tumor and surgery might spread it. Radiation therapy. Read more...

What is degenerative disc disease?

Wear and tear. Since we are bipeds and walk upright, our discs support a great deal of pressure. Over time the support fibers (annulous fibrosis) may fray or split allowing the internal disc contents to bulge or protrude. The space between the vertebrae may narrow, and the disc may dry out or dessicate. This eventuates in pain and stiffness. Read more...
Radiologic Term. Probably most popular "diagnosis" doctors use as speculative causation of low back pain generation. "ddd" is term commonly taken from radiologic reports when doctors need diagnosis otherwise undiscovered. Medical literature correlating chronic low back pain with ddd is sparse. Most people with ddd do not have pain. Up to 30% chronic low back pain from sacroiliac joint, largest axial spine joint. Read more...
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...

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...