Patient Comments: Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis - Symptoms and Signs


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Comment from: BobbyD, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I was diagnosed 3 years ago by a chiropractor who took x-rays prior to treatment and told me he thought I had DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis). Thank goodness for his good practice, he could have done more harm than good had he treated me. I've been taking gabapentin and it helps a little. I'm also going to an acupuncturist regularly and that has helped tremendously. I have some new symptoms which may be due to DISH however the doctors are still working on that. I have a lot of muscle fatigue and blurred vision at times.

Comment from: Judith, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

My DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis) is in my upper torso, and neck. Recently I was in the dentist chair for twenty minutes. Afterwards I could barely walk. Last year I bought a waveless waterbed to support my back so that I can get a few hours’ sleep without pain. It supports the weight of the body and consequently takes the pressure off DISH affected areas. I can now sleep up to 6.5 hours. However, when I awake I have to get out of bed because the pain in my back is crippling. Housework is becoming very difficult.

Comment from: Michelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

My DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis) symptoms are shock sensations and severe pain in my neck during flare-ups. Mid back is always tight, sore and stuck. I always feel like if it would just crack, I’d be fine. Right hip hurts daily. I sleep with my hand under it for support because l can’t sleep otherwise. Recently, the pain has been affecting my hip more severely and my low back, to the point of not being able to walk. Sharp pains and general soreness cause weakness and instability in my hip. Pain sometimes radiates to my right knee.

Comment from: Stressed Mom, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

I had upper back pain, and diagnosis of DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis) was confirmed by rheumatologist and chiropractor. I am questioning the use of continued gentle chiropractic adjustments, cortisone injections, and pain medications. I wonder if stem cell injections have proven helpful also thinking about acupuncture.

Comment from: Joann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis) is an extremely painful regardless how often you read it’s only mild stiffness. Need more research.


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