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What is Disc Condition?
Disc conditions occur when damaged or weakened discs break down or move out of alignment. Eight out of 10 people experience back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is often caused by disc conditions caused by natural aging processes, disease or injury.
Weakened or damaged discs — known as degenerative discs — can cause pain and lead to conditions such as spinal stenosis (narrowed spinal column), spinal osteoarthritis or spondylolisthesis (slipped disk).
Disc conditions generally fall into three categories:
- Degenerative disc disease. Discs degenerate or break down over time due to aging, daily wear and tear, or injury. As you age, your discs lose fluid and dry out, which can lead to the deterioration and weakening of the tough outer edges of the disc.
- Herniated (slipped) discs. In weakened discs, the gel-like center (nucleus) can herniate or move out of place. With time and stress on the spine, this gel can become compressed and be pushed outward or broken, also called a ruptured disc. When a disc ruptures and the nucleus breaks through the outer ring, the gel can press against spinal nerves or the spinal cord, causing significant pain.
- Discitis. Autoimmune disease or a viral or bacterial infection can sometimes cause painful swelling and irritation of the space between spinal bones, called the intervertebral disc space. Discitis is fairly uncommon and usually occurs in children under 10.
What are the symptoms of Disc Condition ?
The level of pain and symptoms of disc conditions can vary widely, from no discomfort to severe pain. You may experience a dull aching sensation, with pressure across your lower back, which can even extend to your buttocks or thighs. Severe pain is less common, but disc pain can be sharp, stabbing or burning, occasionally accompanied by tingling and numbness.
Tell your doctor if you notice numbness or pain in your neck or back — even if it goes away. Symptoms that could indicate a disc condition include:
Pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in your leg, lower back, neck, shoulders or arms.
Stiff neck, or soreness and difficulty moving your neck, especially when turning your head.
Difficulty extending or lifting your wrist and altered sensation in your middle fingers or fingertips.
Pain that intensifies while you’re active, but fades or stops completely during rest.
Severe back or neck pain that lasts for days or months before returning to normal or to the previous level of pain.
Pain that gets worse when you sit, bend, twist or lift, but gets better when you change positions.
Symptoms of various types of spinal infections.
If you have degenerative disc disease, you’ll most likely experience chronic lower back or neck pain, with episodes of sharper pain. In most instances, pain isn’t severe continuously — when it is, your doctor will consider other diagnoses.
Lower back pain can be a warning sign of other medical conditions, such as a pinched nerve. See your doctor if your pain persists or is accompanied by fever, loss of bladder or bowel control, coughing or progressive leg weakness.
If you have diabetes, severe back pain or pain that extends down your leg, symptoms may be related to neuropathy. Contact your doctor immediately to help prevent permanent damage.
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