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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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 »

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 o...  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 »

Kindly examine my MRI report and suggest the cause for back pain.

Query: Hi doctor, Other than Bell's palsy, I have a problem of back or neck pain now. In fact, this has been going on for a few months now. More recently, the right of the back (lower back and hip) has been causing a lot of pain. I got an MRI of spine done four weeks ago. I am attaching the report here fo...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding your new symptoms, they are due to degenerative changes in your spine that is, wear and tear after usage (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The changes are there in the whole of your spine, maximum at the neck than at the lower back. There is no ...  Read Full »

Why do I have sciatica pain while walking and standing, and no problem while sitting?

Query: Hi doctor, I have sciatica on the left side. I have pain when walking or standing for a long period of time. I have no pain when sitting. Bending over to stretch and inversion help take the pain away. I had a problem for multiple years. Physical therapy and weight loss have helped, but there is sti...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to cliniq.com. Thanks for writing to us. I hope you are not in much discomfort. Your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) lumbar spine shows degenerative vertebral and disc changes in multiple levels, and there is acute edema in the endplates of L5 to S1 vertebral levels. Disc bulges are c...  Read Full »

Is fusion surgery a good option for disc extrusion?

Query: Hi doctor, Four years before, I met with a car accident with no external injury. After a week, I started getting pain in my right buttock and calf area. Later, I was recommended for an MRI and found it was L4-L5 disc extrusion. I underwent the microscopic discectomy the same year. Now, for the pas...  Read Full »


Dr. Palanikumar Chellamuthu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A few observations are as follows. Your pain is on the right side and the MRI (date of examination not visible) says about the disc with stenosis more on left side (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Kindly inform me about any neurologic defects that your do...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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