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Suggest treatment for degenerative disc disease due to back injury

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Posted on Mon, 5 May 2014
Question: I have been living with a back injury for the last 10yrs It is from driving truck for so many yrs I am a 61yr old woman and now I have no insurance and I need a MRI to see if I can have surgery to fix it I had one surgery already by a doctor who said he fixed the shattered disc but couldn't fix the other 2. My life has gone down hill sense than lost my insurance and can't afford Obama care.
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Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta (2 hours later)
Brief Answer: If you can afford, go for recent MRI Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for your query. You might be suffering from degenerative disc disease & it occurs due to repetitive overload or stress to the disc & it increases the risk of disc herniation & spinal canal stenosis. Treatment for degenerative disc disease includes physiotherapy or surgery. Physiotherpay should be tried first. It causes strengthening of Para spinal muscles and it prevents further changes. Surgery should be the last option. There are also medicines like capsule pregabalin available for pain relief. Other pain relieving modalities are Ozone ablation,Radiofrequency ablation,percutaneous disectomy etc. I would suggest you to try swimming as this will help most in back conditions. Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables, nuts, milk, eggs, pulses and cereals. Drink 1-2 litres of water daily. Do brisk walking exercise for 40 minutes daily. Get 6-8 hours of refreshing sleep daily. If you can afford, go for recent MRI .Treatment can be planned after consultation with neurosurgeon. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care
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Brief Answer: If you can afford, go for recent MRI Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for your query. You might be suffering from degenerative disc disease & it occurs due to repetitive overload or stress to the disc & it increases the risk of disc herniation & spinal canal stenosis. Treatment for degenerative disc disease includes physiotherapy or surgery. Physiotherpay should be tried first. It causes strengthening of Para spinal muscles and it prevents further changes. Surgery should be the last option. There are also medicines like capsule pregabalin available for pain relief. Other pain relieving modalities are Ozone ablation,Radiofrequency ablation,percutaneous disectomy etc. I would suggest you to try swimming as this will help most in back conditions. Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables, nuts, milk, eggs, pulses and cereals. Drink 1-2 litres of water daily. Do brisk walking exercise for 40 minutes daily. Get 6-8 hours of refreshing sleep daily. If you can afford, go for recent MRI .Treatment can be planned after consultation with neurosurgeon. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care