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How to treat degenerative disc disease?

I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE WITHOUT OSTEOPOROSIS...WILL THIS BE THE CAUSE OF DIFFICULTY OF STANDING FROM SQUATTING POSITION..AND PRACTICALLY HAVING TO CRAWL TO A NEARBY CHAIR TO HELP ME UP? THERE WAS NO PAIN BUT AFTER I GOT UP. THERE WAS EXTREME WEAKNESS AND WOBBLING OF THE LEGS. WHAT CAN I DO?
Mon, 30 Nov 2015
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Degenerative disc disease is non reversible condition in which intervertebral discs get degenerated and symptoms are due to compression of nerve roots exiting from neural foramina.
If you have extreme pain, Medicine which can be helpful are:
1. Gabapentin
2. Pregabalin
3. Amytriptyline
4. Duloxetine

If problem is not relieved by medicines, Need to think about surgical option to relieve pressure on nerve roots by- laminectomy, vertebroplasty etc
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How to treat degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease is non reversible condition in which intervertebral discs get degenerated and symptoms are due to compression of nerve roots exiting from neural foramina. If you have extreme pain, Medicine which can be helpful are: 1. Gabapentin 2. Pregabalin 3. Amytriptyline 4. Duloxetine If problem is not relieved by medicines, Need to think about surgical option to relieve pressure on nerve roots by- laminectomy, vertebroplasty etc