Patient discussion about disk

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Q. Is degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same thing?

My husband was recently in a auto accident at work. They did a CT Scan of his head and neck. The doctor said that the CT Scan found that he has arthritis in his neck. After receiving the report ourselves to take to another doctor it reads: "There is minimal early degenerative disc disease with osteophyte formation predominately at C5-6. " My husband never had a problem with his neck before the accident
A1I was suffering from pain for 2 years and undergoing numerous test for causes when a trip to a neurologist for migraines gave me an answer. FINALLY! This was in July of this year so I am still learning and finding out about fibromyalgia but I do know in the last couple of years there has been a greater acceptance BUT there are still a lot of doctors not being supportive (from experience and talking with others) and the public in general can be unaccepting b/c you look healthy, seem to be healthy and they can not understand why you are in pain that "can't be explained!" I encourage suffers of fibro to find support within their peers! it really helps to talk to people that understand! That's what brought me to this site to start with and I am so glad I found it!
A2Thanks for the answer brwnis65 - I heard that only a few years ago doctors agreed to recognize Fibromyalgia as a disease. I heard it was considered just unexplained pain. Can you elaborate about this when you can?
A3I also have degenerative disc and osteoarthritis, it is different. I have fibromyalgia, so muscle pain along with the bone and joint pain. I have had two fusions in my c-spine. The osteophyte is a bone spur according to my doctor and he told me they usually start with the onset of arthritis. So good luck and if I can help in anyway with Questions please email me!

Q. What alternatives are there for DDD.De generative Disc Disease?

I can't sit upright for long periods of time, at times the symptoms are worse and then days and weeks where I feel fine. When I lean into my right legit alleviates it a little but it is excruciating when I shift weight. I also have to sleep with a pillow between my legs and have to shift frequently.I have a lot of strength in my legs and back. But if I stuck in my stomach more and curve my like doing a crunch. the pain is fine.
ADegenerative disc disease can often be successfully treated without surgery. One or a combination of treatments such as Physical therapy, chiropractic manipulative therapy (CMT), osteopathic manipulation, anti-inflammatory medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, chiropractic treatments, Traction (orthopedics), or spinal injections often provide adequate relief of these troubling symptoms.
The option of surgery may be recommended if the conservative treatment options do not provide relief within 2 to 3 months. If leg or back pain limits normal activity, if there is weakness or numbness in the legs, if it is difficult to walk or stand, or if medication or physical therapy are ineffective, surgery may be necessary. You should dicucss this with an orthopedic surgeon.

Q. what does c4-5 mild central disk bulging impinging upon cervical cord without spinal stenosis or distortion of

the cord . mild righ neural foraminal narrowing from uncovertebral joint hypertropy mean
AWell this basically means there is a very small narrowing of the cervical (your neck area) spinal canal (where the spinal cord is), however the narrowing does not cause any damage to the spinal cord, therefore probably does not cause any major symptoms involving the nerves. The c4-5 bulging part refers to the part in between the two cervical vertebras c4 and c5, in which the disc (a part in the spinal cord) is sliding a bit side-ways, but again, it does not seem to be causing any trouble.

Q. I have a low back pain that radiates to my leg when i pick up stuff. Is it a disc herniation?

I am a 43 years old bank teller. During the past 5 months I've suffered from a low back pain. The pain is not very strong, but it gets much worse while doing physical activity. When i walk or lift heavy things the pain is even stronger, and it radiates to my left leg. Can it be signs for disc herniation?
A1It's possible that you have a nerve impingement from a disc herniation, but not necessarily so. What you need to know is that even if you have a herniated disc, the question is what would the recommended treatment be?
90% or more of herniated discs resolve without surgical treatment within 6 months. MRI imaging is generally only indicated if one is considering surgery; in other words, your pain and neurological status is such that surgery is clinically indicated. Then, an MRI may be helpful for the surgeon. If surgery is not indicated based on clinical/symptoms, then it probably is unwise to get an MRI. They often show abnormalities that are simply 'red herrings' and often prompt people to proceed with surgery that really is not needed. Beware!

A2Hi Voodoo. I have experienced some back pain that goes down the leg as well. I was told it was Sciatica. It happens on either one side of the spine or the other, not both at once. If I bend over just a certain way, I pull or pinch the sciatic nerve. The last time I did it, I was bending down to put the dog's coat on. Boy, I was a week getting over that one. I sat with the heating pad on it and linament rubbed in at night. If I tried to bend at all, it was major pain. I don't get it very often but when I do it's quite crippling. I just have to pay attention to my bending and use the knees. Sorry, I don't know anything about herniated discs. You need to see a doctor and get proper diagnosis. Good Luck.
A3Hi there. I have degenerative disc disease, and I also had numbness in my right leg. My primary physician told me to see a neurologist. I saw the neurologist and he did an MRI of my spine. In my 4th and 5th lumbar (lower back) he found a pinched nerve. He said surgery would take care of it. Well I got the surgery, which was a success. I also had disc fragments that needed to be removed. So my disc was herniated also, and a small arthritic cyst. My legs are just great now. No more numbness. Hope this helps hon. Mellou

Q. I am interested in information on working with fibromyalgiaI am having problems just coping at home!

I have had 2 c-spine surgeries in 2 years, have degenerative disc disease, maigrains with nuurological tendencies, fatigue, deppression and fibromyalgia. I can't stand for long , sit for long, just making it through my daily life is stressful enough how do people manage to work? I have been off since August of last year but wan to feel well enough so I can return to the working world, Any suggestions? Tried Lyrica, doctor took me off the side affects for me were terrible!
A1I had a cervical spinal fusion, C4-5,C5-6 and a SLAP repair of my left shoulder. Initially after the fusion the headaches and tinlging went away and then 4 months later, while in a PT work conditioning prorgam, the headaches returned, along with nausea, vomiting and vertigo. My doctor basically ignored the symptoms for the last 5 months and I was finally referred to a neurologist who is treating me with Lyrica and Imitrex. The side effects are brutal and it has come done to living with the headaches and other symptoms vs. living in a fog unable to function. I have come to realize that there is no magic "fix" and all the meds mask the stymptoms temporarily but it's a tradeoff when you consider the side effects and possible long term health issues from meds such as Lyrica that have no research as far as long term health conditions. I found a natural remedy called Headache Free and I'm giving it a try.....good luck because I know exactly how debilitative these symptoms are
A2I was forced to retire because of all the problems that are associated with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatique and Pain, Obesity caused by being inactive, pain and being flat out tired. I hated the depression and not being able to work or going to school part-time because of the fatique and pain that would set in after a month of trying to cope.
I finally found the greatest product that's availiable over the internet that really works. I still take my Cymbalta 75mg, Lyrica 300mg, MS-contin 45 mg, Flexiril when needed and I'm no longer tired. I now wake up at 6:00 am daily and I feel great. My wife can't belief that it's really me again. Look, I don't promise that it's going to cure all that ailes you, but you will defineatly feel the difference for the better. I've been on it for 3 mos and I've lost 25 lbs.. The product is called Vitalitea.
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A3I can say that I pretty much know where your coming from, I too have Fibromyalgia. I also suffer from fatigue and depression, but I think that pretty much comes with Fibromyalgia. I've not tried the med Lyrica yet because of insurance. I've been taking the med Neurontin for a while now along with some different pain meds. I also am on a muscle relaxer called Flexiril. I also take both a antidepressant and a antianxiety med, and a med to help me sleep. Also heat (moist heat in paticular) seems to help some also. I've been suffering w/ Fibromyalgia for about 6yrs now and I have to say it can be one of the most difficult and trying medical conditions out there. Over the years I've also found out that alot of times you end up having more medical problems then just the Fibromyalgia (so sometimes seeing specilists is key). I would like to give you the name of a book that has helped me alot, it is called "The Fibromyalgia Relief Handbook" by Chet Cunningham.
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