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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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Why do I have right-side pain after having an epidural?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an epidural injection in the left lower back for left leg pain and two months later, I am having pain in the leg and pain in right buttocks. I have been diagnosed with severe loss of disc space in L4-5. Is it unusual for this to happen? Is it logical to say that once you treate...  Read Full »


Dr. Berry Chirag Ashok

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From what I understand, you had an epidural injection at the left L4-5 interspace, and two months later you developed a new pain on the right side, and you are wondering if the injection has anything to do with this new pain. Epidural injections are usually advised ...  Read Full »

How to prevent my spine problem from worsening?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from pain in my lower back. There is a pain in my left arm, leg and foot also. I got my MRI done. The MRI of lumbar spine reads as follows: Exaggerated lumbar curvature, likely due to muscle spasm. End plate Schmorl nodes are seen at D11-12, D12-L1, L1-2, L2-3 and L3-4 le...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. You have a degenerative disk disease although not serious enough to cause focal deficit at present but, there is minimal thecal sac indentation. I would suggest: 1) Weight reduction. Your BMI (body mass index) is high which makes you a high-r...  Read Full »

I have a back pain for five weeks. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a back and related pain for five weeks. I had a diskectomy 17 years ago and have had ongoing pain since, but it never lasted this long. Please could you look at the results of my magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan and explain to me what it means and what I should do next? My ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query with keen interest and reviewed the attached magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) report. The attached MRI report indicates that there is a degenerative disc disease. A kind of cushion between the different vertebra has started degenerating. It is coming...  Read Full »

I have pain in neck, hand, and weakness due to degenerative changes. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am diagnosed with the degenerative changes in the cervical and many more things. I am attaching the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) report also. Symptoms include pain in neck, shoulder, hand, weakness, dizziness. I cannot sleep properly, cannot sit for a long time. I have also consu...  Read Full »


Dr. Gerry Mike Palisoc

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern and seen the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) report. It seems that the spine shows degeneration in the bones and disk but does not show any impingement of the spinal cord and the nerves. However, the cervical vertebrae are abnormally straightene...  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 for...  Read Full »


Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai 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 me...  Read Full »

My father's spine has degenerative changes. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, My father whose age is 48 years, got a back pain a month ago. So, we consulted a local doctor. He suggested an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test. We did that and his report says 'degenerative changes affecting lumbar spine with left para-central disc bulges with posterior annual te...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding your concern, I would explain that these magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings are indicative of chronic degeneration of the vertebral column. There is no need for surgery. Nothing serious is going on. I would just recommend taking painkillers, avoiding ...  Read Full »

I have been having neck pain since I met with an accident. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I involved in a car accident seven years ago. I have been having problems with my neck ever since. I recently consulted an orthopedic specialist and had an MRI done last week. The results are as follow:¬†Multilevel degenerative disc disease with straightening of lordosis. Multilevel bul...  Read Full »


Dr. Ignacio Antanio Magana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The joints of the neck are the discs and the facets. As one ages they wear out. This can be aggravated by accidents. This process can cause pain in two ways. Joint pain in the neck without neurological weakness or numbness. Neurological problems from pressure on the ne...  Read Full »

What is causing the pain on the back of my left knee and buttock?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a dull aching pain just above the back of my left knee (near the hamstring) and in my left buttock on occasions for about five weeks now. I am normally fine sitting but hurts when standing still or walking. Could it be a hamstring strain or sciatica?  Read Full »


Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You lie down on your back, stretch your legs straigh, then lift your left lower limb up without bending knee joint. If you get severe pulling pain from buttock to whole leg, then it is sciatica. This test is called (SLR) straight leg raising test. Hamstring muscle ...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi doctor,My mother, who is 60 years old, was having back pain for approximately five to six 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 possib...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. You have mentioned that your mother has had low back pain for five to six 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 b...  Read Full »

I have imbalance and lightheadedness issues. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45 year old male. My weight is 211.41 Pounds and height is 6 feet. I have severe sleep apnea and minor CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) with hypertension. I am facing problems of imbalance and lightheadedness. This started some six months back. Then, I was diagnosed with an uncompensa...  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 spinal...  Read Full »

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