Spinal disc degeneration is not a disease. In other words, disc degeneratio n is not an abnormality in the normal human body. By itself, disc degeneration does not cause pain. Disc degeneration is the natural aging process that causes normal changes in the spinal discs.
Donald was sitting in the cold, sterile exam room. He comes here every year for his annual check-up with his doctor. But, this time he has a question on his mind. What is disc degeneration? His mother, who has had low back pain for a number of years, was told that her lumbar discs have degenerated. Because her pain has become so debilitating, she now uses a walker to get around. Being afraid of his future, Donald wants to learn about disc degeneration. He does not want the same fate as his mother's fate.
Even though it is inevitable, people worry about disc degeneration. All of the parts in the human body change as they age. Skin degeneration is the most visible sign of aging. Wrinkles, cracks, fissures, and lo...
Can Migraine be hereditary? Elaine.
Yes, it has been shown that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. When trying to trace it back through families, you should also ask about "sick headaches" because Migraines were often called "sick headaches" in previous generations. Also ask abut sinus headaches because many people mistake Migraines for sinus headaches.
When one parent has Migraine in their family history, there's a 50% chance that children will inherit the disease. That jumps to 75% if there's Migraine in the family history of both parents.
Here's some information for you:
Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It’s Probably a Migraine
Gene Linked To Migraine and Increased Stroke Risk
Hemiplegic Migraine - Genetic Testing May Be Helpful
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