Degenerative Disc Disease

The normal degenerative changes in the spinal discs that cause pain is called degenerative disc disease. The symptoms include lower back pain and pain in the upper thigh. The pain gets worse on bending and sitting down, and you feel better on changing position or on lying down.

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How does my recent MRI report vary from the one taken eight years ago?

Query: Hello doctor, For the last eight years, I have had numbness in my toe, the one next to the big toe. Now, it slowly spread to just above the knee and in the area above the ankle below the knee on the right leg. There is no sciatic pain on either side. I have had mild diabetes for 10 years. My MRI res...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, seen the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and understand your concerns about the compression of nerves and diffuse disc prolapse at the lower lumbar region. 1. Although you have not asked about the next line of...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for lower spine injury?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male. My height is 176 cm and weight is 77 kg. I have pain in my right buttock for the past seven days. I tried to push the bed with leg and this caused some injury in the lower spine. Please refer to MRI report that I have attached. My MRI opinion is as follows. MRI l...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to According to the report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), you are suffering from disc herniation at multiple levels with degenerative disease of spine with L4, L5 and S1 nerve compression due to injury and thus cause your pain. The loss of lumbar lo...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain and a burning sensation in my right shoulder blade muscle only at night?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 40-year-old male. I do not smoke but drink occasionally. I do not have hypertension or diabetes. I am 5'5 feet in height and weigh 68 kg. I used to work out in the gym a few years back and stopped due to the pandemic. After working out in a park for six months, I think I sprained ...  Read Full »

Dr. Renjit George Marcus

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is not a serious problem. Your condition can be diagnosed as cervical neuralgia from the history you provided and the attached reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The nerve from the neck to your shoulder is getting inflamed and could be...  Read Full »

What is the best remedy for back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been battling with back pain since a year. I associated this pain with a kidney stone which I had for a couple of years. I had a ureteroscopy, crushing and removal of the stone a month ago, but however the back pain still persists. An x-ray done today is attached. I had some back...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the investigation reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your blood investigation appears to be fine apart from high CRP (C-reactive protein), which could either be a manifestation of any inflammation or infection somewhere in the...  Read Full »

I have attached my MRI test reports. Kindly help me analyze the problem and understand it.

Query: Hello, I am a 32-year-old male who underwent MRIs recently. And I have attached the reports for your reference. Please go through the results and let me know if I have any severe problems and if yes, how should I treat them? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I reviewed your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and I first want to explain that MRIs are always over diagnostic. Therefore, you need to elaborate more on your symptoms rather than finding a diagnosis from th...  Read Full »

Please explain MRI taken for neck pain.

Query: Hi doctor, I have neck pain. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I could only view eight images from your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) cervical spine scan (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The pictures which you have sent do not show the spinal canal and the discs in detail. Please send all the MRI images which ar...  Read Full »

Can degenerative disc disease cause severe pain and numbness in my left leg?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from severe sciatic pain last three months and had reported to the hospital three months back. MRI scan was carried out two months before. I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease or prolapsed intervertebral disc with issues in L3-L4 and severe problems at L4-L5...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. I suggest you walk on your toes and then on your heels. I would like to know whether you can do that comfortably? Any bladder or bowel changes you have noticed for the last three months?Kindly revert in case of further queries.Thank you.  Read Full »

My husband's leg is fragile after the surgery for degenerative disc disease. Can physiotherapy help?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband had surgery two weeks ago to fuse his three lowest vertebrae due to degenerative disc disease. He had no issues with his legs or feet before surgery. Since the surgery, his back pain has been gone, but his legs are fragile, he can only walk with a walker, and his left foot has ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I believe foot drop can either be due to a hematoma compressing the nerve or a nerve injury in surgery. If the foot drop does not improve six weeks after surgery, you should find out the cause. Yes, time is essential, and if it does not sho...  Read Full »

How can severe hip pain be effectively treated?

Query: Hello doctor, From the start of this month, I have been suffering hip pain and some tightness around the lumbar region. I had a steriod injection and thereafter the pain reduced to 80 %. I was on Aceclofenac 100 mg two times a day after 15 days. I had an MRI and the report is attached. I have a majo...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report suggests disc changes at L5-S1 and hemangioma of L3 body. You should understand that MRI is a very sensitive investigation and picks up...  Read Full »

I have left leg sciatica with a referred pain down the heel. Will surgery help?

Query: Hi doctor, I have left leg sciatica. There is no back pain, but there is a referred pain down to the heel. I have recurring flare ups once in every six to eight months. I am currently taking Advil 3200 mg per day and ice. I feel great once the Advil kicks in. I got a selective nerve block on L5-S1 b...  Read Full »

Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your symptoms. Before we go ahead and discuss the MRI, I would like to know some more clinical details. You said pain in the left leg. I would like to know here that which aspect of your leg is it. Either is it in the inner part or outer part or front or ...  Read Full »

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