Degenerative Disk Disease

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Topic Title: Degenerative Disk Disease
Created On: 08/27/2002 03:45 AM

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 12/05/2004 12:48 PM

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louisryoshin

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Degenerating disks mostly come from two reasons - lack of water and good raw green vegetables and also an excessive curve in the lumbar or cervical spine. Also can be an accident causing this. But the most is because your muscles are bunched up in their fascia: the adductors, psoas, front pelvis, abdominals, and even internal hip rotators are all shortened - and that causes your pelvis to dip forward in front. Then your body has to arch backward to lift up your torso and the way you do that is tighten your back muscles and accentuate the natural curve in those spinal areas to be too tight. Too much a sharp curve. And then the bones of the vertebrae compress the softer disks and without the nutrients they break down. Besides stretching the back, people must stretch the muscles mentioned above and then all the back of the legs and thru the buttocks. People are surprised at how fast they get some lower back muscular relief from the tightness when they do wide stance feet pointed outward squats to lengthen the upper adductors and hamstrings - and then lunge for the inside length of the adductors. Deep connective tissue relengthening either by stretching or hands on will improve the muscular condition a lot. If there is still disk damage then a serious and knowledgeable nutritional program can help them build up and some therapies can repair the damage to the disks themselves. See my entry a couple below for reference to more free information by an expert with 22 years experience who has worked with doctors and olympic athletes.
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 12/04/2004 11:54 PM

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stacifer

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Yes a work related injury can cause your DDD. That is what happened to me at 18. I'm 25 now, and even though my doctors told me my life would never be the same and that I would have to limit my activities, I decided that I was going to live normally. So, I exercised a lot, built up my strength and found that I could do things that I wans't able to do before my accident. Don't dispair, although somedays you may be in pain, you can have a normal life.
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 06/16/2003 03:01 AM

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louisryoshin

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See my site http://www.backfixbodywork.com Your problem is cause by accumulated tightness in the fascia of the muscles and that makes your lumbar vertebrae too close togetehr, so they push on the disks. Just read the into 1 and 2, the testimonials and then the article about accumulated shortness...all avail on the home page menu. Also can look at my book page off same menu. OK to email me after reading a lot. Lou
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 05/12/2003 10:53 AM

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timree8

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I was recently diagnosed with DDD and was wondering if this could be caused by an accident at work?
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 04/19/2003 11:13 PM

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leahg12383

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I am a 20 yr old college student and i was recently diagnosed with DDD. I am very depressed. Will this condition hinder me with having children? I am also very involved in fastpitch field hockey and basketball. The thought of never playing again scares me to death. Is there any cure for this disease. Someone please help!
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 03/25/2003 04:40 AM

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BrandyEllis

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Hello, my name is Brandy. I am a thirty year old mother of three and a stepson. I am a full time college student taking Criminal Justice, and I was for 3 years a full time Paralegal for a local law firm. Until about a month and a half ago when I found out that I had DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease.) I just found out about this 4 days ago, or on March 24, 2003. I have been hurting for about a year and know one thought about it. But then around 3 months ago in December or January my back was hurting all of the time. I just chalked it off to having two girls as cheerleaders for their schools and 2 games a week on those dang ol' hard benches. I called around everywhere to get in to see a doctor. And then finally I got in to see a Family doctor/chiropractor. BIG MISTAKE!!! I informed the doctor that at 19 I had a Vag. HysterectomyHysterectomyand then at 24 a full one and that I thought that it may be ostioprosis.The doctor refused to e-ray my back and told me that it was my pubic bone. That it had popped out of place and for me not to worried, that most women who have children have this happen to them. This doctor then popped my back. For around 15 to 20 minutes latter my back was hurting so bad!!!! That night I could not even get out of the bed pr put my feet and legs all of the way down while I was in bed. I cried I hurt so badly. I could not drive, set, stand; I could not bare it any longer so I went to the emergency room. I saw a doctor who took some ex-rays. The ex-rays shoed that my sciatic "spelling?" nerve was badly inflamed. He gave me a script. for some darvaset and told me to see my doctor in 2 to 4 days. I made an appointment with a doctor who stated that I was so knotted up and tight that he gave me valume for 4 days with the darvaset, celebrex, and paxcell he also prescribed with bed rest and a leave from work. He wanted me back in 2 weeks. Two weeks latter I went back. Still with pain and the doctor said that the condition was the same and that he wanted the swelling to go down before I took an MRI. I told my doctor that I did not want any more valume. I could not remember anything about anything and was unsure about how many days I lost. LOL...LOL...LOL... My daughter said that she was fixing French toast and that I started crying asking her to stop calling me French toast. Valume are some dangerous things. LOL... Anyway I had to quit my job because this drug on for a month in a half before I took the MRI. My doctor told me that My Fourth Lumbar was literally crumbling and doing it from both sides. He stated that I had some nerve damage as well, and that I would start Physical Therapy 5 days from that day "tomorrow. He also told me that I needed to take a long look at my future. Ok. So why in the heck exactly is he saying? My old employer stated that I should file for Social Security Disability. Is that true? I am going to a great college making all A's at 30 carrying 24 credits a semester just so that I can graduate early. I want to be a detective or work with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation. Is this now going to be impossible for me to accomplish? Anyone!!! Please I just need to talk with someone about this thing I have at 30 that is changing my life and my dreams. Thank you, Brandy Ellis
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 01/23/2003 07:02 PM

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MEGAGS

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Hi, I know what your going through. Around 1994 I was diagnosed. I had it in my neck and the bone had dissappered. I couldn't put my arm down at work or It would freeze as cold as Ice and everyone laughed at me. I had a choice of trying over the door pulling my neck with a water bag or surgery. I chose surgery. The doctor warned me all kinds of things could go wrong. Since surgery was so dangerous. The water bag was more painfull for me. I took the surgery. Now, I don't lift things I shouldn't but I am able to do all the things I used to without pain. I get headaches and muscle spasms still but I can live with those. (And not all the time anyway) I couldn't move before. So today I am happy and I had a great doctor. But I was one of the lucky ones, another patient had all sorts of problems at the clinic I had heard. But unsure if it was my doctor or not. Find a good doctor and talk about all the circumstances and outcomes. I took the chance and it worked for me. But you must realise it is only a chance. That is a risk with anything in life. So the choice is yours. Keep your body in shape as much as possible too. Good luck.
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 11/20/2002 12:00 AM

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hans

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What muscle relaxers work best? How may motrin do you take over what period of time?
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 11/19/2002 11:57 PM

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hans

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What are your daily exercises that have worked for you?
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 10/24/2002 01:06 AM

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DrCole23

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I am 19 and I was diagnosed a year ago. It has been a really challenging year. I had to learn my limits and I am still learning. I get up and exercise 3 days a week so that I can sit through my classes. I can't carry a regualr backpack I have a classy one with wheels. My therapist told me that it is not more dangerous for me to do some things that it is for others. I love to ski but I have to know my limits so if I am going I take it easy a few days before and a few days after I also wear a heat pack to keep my back warm. It just takes time don't give up!!! Ask questions someone will take the time to help you. Good luck and take care of your body b/c if needs to last!
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 10/22/2002 12:42 PM

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kewlgirl

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Hi I am 37 and was just diagnosed yesterday. I found out that though I am only 37 my back looks 57. nice huh? Well I know you are only 17 and trying to go to school but I am trying to ride my horses which all my family and friends disagree with now. but all i can tell you is take the motrin it does help and see your phyician immed. for some muscle relaxers they help too if your not studying or have to drive and talk talk talk about it that helps too. EquineEvent
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 08/28/2002 06:25 PM

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barabas

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Well i reckon you already are seeing specialists however here is my 2 cents: First of all there is a Usenet group alt.support.chronic-pain for sufferes like you- asking other people in similar situastions may give you ideas. Second of all TDR total disk replacement surgeries are relatively new to the states but may be the solution (Surgery is often the last resort solution mind you) for you- You may want tio do your research on methods available and talk to your doctor about- With the web you'll find taht sometimes surprisingly you can know about some techniques before even the doctors (its not the doctors' fault really there is just SO MUCH out there and much of the stuff is in varying stages with teh FDA- it's just hard to keep track of it all) My recommendation is you look/contact the medical technology companies (the guys that make the devices) If they don't have anything- its still a plus because they may start an initiative to do something about it. IF they do have something it might very well be that they have a treatment that your doctor doesn't know about yet. Just randomly looking on the internet i found this for instance http://www.spinesolutionsinc.com Of course remember that I am NOT your doctor don't have a full idea what your karte is etc. Still sometimes you do have to educate your doctor- then discuss the alternatives.
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 08/27/2002 03:45 AM

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rhavyn8523

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I am only 17 and i have been diagnosed with degerative disk disease. the doctors said that it is really rare for someone my age to have it. i know that it is something that comes natural with ageing, so i don't understand how i can have it and so badly too. it casues extream pain - sometimes so bad that i can't get out of bed or move. most of the time it is just a persistant burning or dull pains. its always there in some form of pain and going to school is a nightmare. i don't know any thing that would cause it either. they doctors i see are not much help. most of them didn't believe i was in any pain for the longest time ( i had been seeing the doctors for years until they figured it out.) i have an MRI and it showed i had it. now i have been left on my own to deal with it and the pain. it is so fustrating. i can't get any jobs because i cant lift any weight and most people relly wont hire me when they find out. i want to find other doctors who will help me but my mother is very busy and i feel like a hassel. i don't know where to even begin to look for pain management doctors and such. i don't know how to deal with the pain anymore. my doctor wants me to take ibprofin everyday but i heard from many that it can damage you stomach. he won't give me pain killers for becausei am too young.
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