Need Advice...anyone else have moderate degenerative disc di

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I just came home from the Doctor's and recieved my MRi results. I am told I have moderate degenerative disc diease.

So my question is should I still run and play soccer and do yoga/pilates? Or will it make it worse for me in the long run?

My doctor is really not much help...

I have lived with neck pain, and lower back pain for a long time and headaches(mirgaines). At least now I know what has
been causing it!!!

Thanks to anyone who has advice from anyone who is living with this too!!!

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  • bhb301
    bhb301 Posts: 338 Member
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    Have no idea. But if your Dr is not much help.. Number 1, Find a new Dr.. Consider changing to a Specialist
  • MayhemModels
    MayhemModels Posts: 367 Member
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    I'm no doctor but i think things like yoga and any stretching would be good for that problem, but i would check with a orthopedic doctor to find out if there are any limitations you should be concerned with
  • KerrySayers27
    KerrySayers27 Posts: 36 Member
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    I have a very similar problem and my consultant has advised that I don't do any impact or contact sports. Swimming or cycling were recommended for me and I can also use a cross trainer and rowing machine if I went to a gym. I would suggest you speak to a doctor before doing any form of exercise though. xxx
  • atsteele
    atsteele Posts: 1,358 Member
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    My husband has degeneration in one area his spine, curvature of the spine and ruptured disks in his neck. At one point we was pretty debilitated due to pain and tingling in his hands and feet. But now he still runs and works out and plays basketball. What seemed to help him most was: PT stretches and exercises, a regimen of moist heat and a backknobber. (A backknobber helps to alleviate the pain in pressure points in your back.) You should find out if you can do stretching and exercises to help alleviate the pain and/or strengthen the muscles around that area of your neck. If your running and working out doesn't seem to cause you greater pain, I would guess that you can still do them... and it's probably beneficial to stay active for your overall health.
  • shellbell1993
    shellbell1993 Posts: 315 Member
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    Thanks everyone :) I was talking to my aunt, and she says that she has it too. She came into town for a visit. She says yoga and stretching are very helpful. So I will keep doing this. But for me to give up on running and soccer I will have to see how I feel and seriously be objective of how I feel after it...

    She said to stay heathly and listen to my body. And to stretch after running and see how I feel
  • Mahlissa
    Mahlissa Posts: 128
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    Thanks everyone :) I was talking to my aunt, and she says that she has it too. She came into town for a visit. She says yoga and stretching are very helpful. So I will keep doing this. But for me to give up on running and soccer I will have to see how I feel and seriously be objective of how I feel after it...

    She said to stay heathly and listen to my body. And to stretch after running and see how I feel

    Hi ShellBell,

    sorry about the news, at least you can pinpoint the pain now. I think yoga would be way beneficial and stretching. I agree with Asteele staying active is key, so you don't have muscle atrophy (sp?) You know, by babying the pain and not doing the natural things your used to, could make your more stiff.

    I suggest you seeing a holistic chiropractor or maybe even an accupuncturist, definitely see someone that gives you help. Sounds like your current Dr. isn't.

    Wish I could offer more advice. Listening to your body, is the key.

    Take care and be well.

    Melissa
  • shellbell1993
    shellbell1993 Posts: 315 Member
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    Thanks everyone :) I was talking to my aunt, and she says that she has it too. She came into town for a visit. She says yoga and stretching are very helpful. So I will keep doing this. But for me to give up on running and soccer I will have to see how I feel and seriously be objective of how I feel after it...

    She said to stay heathly and listen to my body. And to stretch after running and see how I feel

    Hi ShellBell,

    sorry about the news, at least you can pinpoint the pain now. I think yoga would be way beneficial and stretching. I agree with Asteele staying active is key, so you don't have muscle atrophy (sp?) You know, by babying the pain and not doing the natural things your used to, could make your more stiff.

    I suggest you seeing a holistic chiropractor or maybe even an accupuncturist, definitely see someone that gives you help. Sounds like your current Dr. isn't.

    Wish I could offer more advice. Listening to your body, is the key.

    Take care and be well.

    Melissa


    Thanks guys :) I felt sore in my lower back before the game tonight and now I am feeling it in my hips and back but I will stretch and take a shower and see how I feel in the morning :)