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Can degenerative disc in the lumbar spine causes stress to Cervical spine?



Can degenerative disc disease in the lower lumbar progress all the way up into
the thoracic and cervical spine? If so, is it directly caused by the DDD
condition itself or the fact that the weakened vertebrae causes stress on
additional vertebrae?
Be related to degenerative disc in the cervical spine
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,658
    Hello jdruiz39

    There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.

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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I have been told by more than one surgeon that degenerative disc disease is genetic and, if that is true, it make sense that it is not going to be be localized to one part of your spine. One of the neurosurgeons I consulted before surgery told me, "I bet your back is a mess too." At that point, I hadn't had a lumbar MRI because I have no back pain, but I later did get a lumbar MRI after I started having electric shocks in one of my legs and a different neurosurgeon wanted to try to differentiate between a lumbar problem and l'Hermitte's sign, which is cervical.

    Anyway, long story short, is that I do have degeneration in my lumbar spine, although not as bad as in my neck and since I have no symptoms (my L'hermitte's sign was fixed with ACDF), I doubt I will ever need back surgery or any other treatment.

    Perhaps it is a combination of genetics and lifestyle. I think I probably have a genetic tendency toward degenerative disc disease and that my cervical spine deteriorated faster than my lumbar spine because my job requires long hours hunched over a computer screen, which is not how humans were programmed to live.
    C6-C7 ACDF - January 20, 2016
    Shoulder surgery - August 2, 2016
    Interlaminar laminotomy, mesial facetectomy and foraminotomy bilateral at C5-C6 and unilateral left at C6-C7 and bilateral C6-C7 facet fusion - December 7, 2016

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