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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Does my wife require surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife, who is 43 years old, is feeling loss of skin sensation on the lower part of the legs. This feeling has started four years ago. But, it did not bother her that time. Two years ago, we consulted a neurologist and he prescribed medicines, which brought her relief. She stopped takin...  Read Full »


Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. Our body parts undergo wear and tear as we age. This is called degeneration. This degeneration varies from person to person. Some people have degeneration in some organs...  Read Full »

Can balancing issue occur due to vestibular lesion or cervical myelopathy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45 year old male. My weight is 96 kg and height is 184 cm. I have severe sleep apnea and minor CAD with hypertension. I am facing problems of imbalance and lightheadedness. This started some six months back. Then, I was diagnosed with an uncompensated vestibular lesion. After a wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Berry Chirag Ashok

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the information you gave me, it looks like your imbalance is due to a condition called cervical myelopathy. The examination findings of your spine specialist also correlate with your diagnosis. This happens when there is undue pressure or compression of the ...  Read Full »

How to improve my grandmother's bed sores and lower back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My grandmother aged 91, fell in the bathroom about a month back. She was able to walk and did not have any major symptoms. Since two weeks, she has had difficulty walking and lower back pain. She had an x-ray two days ago. As she is in complete bed rest, developed bed sores. I need a revi...  Read Full »


Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For me to help you with your query, I need to see the x-ray of the lower lumbar area. Kindly attach the x-ray and follow-up with the same. Revert with more information to an orthopaedician and traumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/ort...  Read Full »

My heart appears large on my X-ray. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. I went to a chiropractor for lower back pain, and they took X-rays. They told me that my heart looked large. Therefore, I wanted to get a professional radiologist's opinion on it. I am not an athlete, and my health is average.   Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. On examining your X-ray (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), I find that the heart shadow is “apparently large” but actually not large. This is a very common aspect of the chest X-ray where the heart shadow “appears large” whenever the perso...  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 icliniq.com.I 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 »

What is the exact problem with my mother's back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother, who is 60 years old, was having back pain for approximately 5 to 6 years. Now, she is having severe back pain while standing and the pain is not receding. We went for an MRI scan and I have attached the report with this query. I want to know the exact problem and the possible ...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. You have mentioned that your mother has low back pain since 5 to 6 years for which she has been managed conservatively till now. I have also gone through the MRI reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which have been attach...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for degenerative disc disease?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband had sciatica three years ago. He has recurrent back pain and a tingling sensation in the feet. He was advised to do an MRI for his lower back, and the result says that he has a sign of spondylosis is seen with foci of osteochondrosis. From L2 to S1, signs of degenerative ...  Read Full »


Dr. Chirag Solanki

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your husband's MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) suggests (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity) some degenerative changes in the lumbar spine with nerve compression on the left side. However, it would be prudent to know the exact details...  Read Full »

Will a back injury cause scoliosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I sustained a back injury three years ago. I was standing on the staircase of a bar when a large woman lost her balance, she grabbed and twisted my arm while placing her full body weight on my back. I have had recurrent muscle spasms all the way down to my back ever since, and I have t...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your MRI scans (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and find that there is no large disc bulge either in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. The scoliosis is there, but it is not causing any significant nerve compression or condition relating ...  Read Full »

Please suggest the best treatment option for sciatica.

Query: Hi doctor, My father had sciatica on his lower left leg and back pains. This has continuously happened for the last five months. In the past two years, it only pains periodically. What are the best options of treatment, without surgery or minimally invasive surgery?   Read Full »


Dr. Chandan Mohanty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) shows the lumbar spine's degenerative disease, mainly at the L45, L5S1 level. The main indications for surgery are as follows: Presence of neurological deficits (i.e., weakness of legs or numbness of legs or numbness or tin...  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. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 b...  Read Full »

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