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Is Pregnancy Causing My Low Back Pain or Is It Something Else?

Posted on February 15, 2012 | by in A Surgeon's Perspective

I'm a 29-year-old woman in my second trimester with my first child. I've had low back pain for several years, and I've never actually received a diagnosis. What could be wrong with me, and how do I make my back pain go away? I'm worried about my health and the health of my baby.

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Recovery from Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

Will the Flexibility in My Back Return to Normal?
Posted on February 03, 2012 | by in Spine Surgery Advice

It has been 9 weeks since I had minimally invasive spine surgery for spinal stenosis, but I still don’t feel like I have much movement in my back. Will the flexibility in my back ever return to normal, or do I have to learn to live with restricted movement?

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Will I Eventually Need Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease?

Posted on January 19, 2012 | by in Dr. Knight's Notes

I'm 60, and I just found out that I have degenerative disc disease (DDD). Since it's a degenerative condition, I assume it'll just get worse as I get older. What's the likelihood of me needing surgery for DDD?

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Weight Loss to Treat Herniated Disc Pain

Will I Need Surgery If I Lose Weight?
Posted on January 05, 2012 | by in A Surgeon's Perspective

I'm overweight, and I've had severe back pain caused by a herniated disc. I'm a 33-year-old woman with the rest of my life ahead of me, and I don't want to resort to surgery just yet.

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Should I Have Surgery for Lumbar Spondylosis?

Posted on December 15, 2011 | by in Dr. Knight's Notes

I’ve had lumbar spondylosis for the last 4 years and have found zero relief with physical therapy, exercise, and medications. The pain is consistently about an 8 out of 10. I’ve just started to research surgery for spondylosis. Could surgery help me?

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Exercise and Degenerative Disc Disease

Can exercise keep DDD at bay?
Posted on September 09, 2011 | by in Dr. Miglis' Memos

Can exercise and stretching keep degenerative disc disease at bay? This article explains how a gentle, regular exercise routine can help you manage degenerative disc disease symptoms, including back pain.

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Does the McKenzie Method Work for Neck Pain?

Posted on September 08, 2011 | by in Dr. Miglis' Memos

The McKenzie Method—a physical therapy technique—is a comprehensive approach used to assess, treat, and prevent your pain. But how does it effectively help you cope with neck pain? This article shows you how.

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Anti-inflammatory Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Does What You Eat Have an Effect on RA?
Posted on August 04, 2011 | by in Arthritis Talk

"Does what I eat have an effect on my rheumatoid arthritis? I heard about an anti-inflammatory diet that includes eating salmon and dark chocolate and drinking green tea."

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Can You Play Sports after Spondylolisthesis Surgery?

Posted on July 21, 2011 | by in Spine Surgery Advice

"My daughter is 17. Last year, she had minimally invasive spine surgery to correct grade IV spondylolisthesis. She’s extremely athletic. Will she be able to be active and return to sports, or will this surgery prevent her from living a normal, healthy life?"

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Can I Prevent Having Another Scoliosis Spine Surgery?

Posted on July 21, 2011 | by in Spine Surgery Advice

I’m 41, and I recently had minimally invasive surgery for scoliosis of my thoracic spine. I have rods, hardware, and screws in place. I’m currently doing physical therapy and taking a couple of medications, but how do I know that this surgery will help me?

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Spinal Arthritis and Weight Loss

6 ways to treat back pain when you’re overweight.
Posted on July 07, 2011 | by in Back Pain Tips

My doctor says I need to lose weight in order for any types of treatments, including spine surgery, to be effective. I've recently started a weight loss program. My goal is to lose 60 more pounds by the end of the year. I would like to know: What can I do in the meantime to treat my back pain?

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Can Acupuncture Help Treat My Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Acupuncture to Relieve Fibromyalgia and RA Symptoms
Posted on June 03, 2011 | by in Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times: Your Guide to Holistic Wellness

I have fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis, and I'm only 29. It's hard for me to walk, and sometimes I can't even tie my own shoes because the pain is so bad. I'm interested in trying acupuncture but don't know if it will help. What can I expect in an acupuncture treatment session?

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Will Acupuncture Work to Reduce My Stress and Back Pain?

How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Relieve Back Pain
Posted on June 03, 2011 | by in Ancient Wisdom in Modern Times: Your Guide to Holistic Wellness

I'm a woman in my early 50s, and I have chronic low back pain caused by spinal stenosis. I'm thinking about trying acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to help me cope with my back pain and stress. Will it work for me?

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Can Degenerative Disc Disease Cause Nerve Problems in the Feet?

Posted on May 06, 2011 | by in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

If you have degenerative disc disease (DDD), you already know that it can cause back pain, but can DDD cause other symptoms, too? Find out whether DDD can cause nerve problems in your feet.

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Can Degenerative Disc Disease Go Away on Its Own?

Posted on May 06, 2011 | by in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

"Can degenerative disc disease ever go away on its own—without any type of treatment? I'm 56, and I've just been diagnosed with DDD. Is there any chance this disease will ever completely go away, or is it a lifelong condition?"

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