Do you think there could be an autoimmune component to degenerative disc disease? Especially when diagnosed early in life?
asked byCory151 (1677)
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on May 25, 2012
at 03:25 PM
I've also had disc issues since my 20s. My Chiro. says that the degeneration of the disc on my 5th vertebrae is on par with a 70-year-old whose spine was a different shape than mine (meaning it did not happen from wear and tear.) I also have many other muscular/skeletal problems from an auto-immune disorder that was caused or made worse by a severe sensitivity to wheat, and a vegetarian/vegan diet for 10 years. I'm now eating a paleo diet and feeling so much better!!
on January 19, 2012
at 04:00 PM
It's multifaceted (isn't everything?), but in general a poor diet and/or resulting autoimmune problems can absolutely exacerbate bad mechanics leading to degenerative arthritis. Discs take up fluid through imbibition which is how they stay healthy....a healthy disc does not degenerate. Imbibition occurs with movement so bad alignment(poor posture/sitting) or restriction of normal movement(injury or sedentary behavior) leads to degenerative changes. I have no doubt that poor nutrition would speed the process in a biomechanically compromised person.
And of course in advanced autoimmune inflammatory arthritic diseases like rheumatoid joint destruction happens frequently.