Patient Comments: Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis - Treatment


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Comment from: Pawnmaster, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

It is almost 10 years since diagnosis of cervical DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis). Progressively I lost range of motion to the point that driving is nearly impossible. No doctor offers any treatment or hope. I have tried all pain relievers without success. Unfortunately opioids allow sleep since no comfortable position exists, but one must monitor for signs of dependence. Worst fear is falling which I feel would certainly result in vertebral fracture.

Comment from: Helen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I'm a 68-year-old female just diagnosed with DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis) after many years of pain, the diagnoses came after x-ray for unrelated concerns. It was a great relief after years of seeking help, but devastating also, as I have a friend whose husband has very advanced DISH. I'm visiting a physiotherapist and doing hydrotherapy which I find is giving me more flexibility and now I know what is wrong I am going to do all that I can to keep mobile and fit. I can already cut my toe nails easier since doing the hydrotherapy.

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

I’ve had constant, moderate to severe pain as a result of DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis). I’ve tried OTC anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, ice, CBD oil (ingestible and topical), topical pain relieving creams, capsaicin patches, chiropractic treatments (before I was diagnosed), muscle relaxers, opioids, massage, yoga and nothing relieves the daily pain I’ve been in for the past 2 years. Opioids relieve the pain pretty well short term, but doctors no longer prescribe. Acupuncture seems promising at easing the pain.

Comment from: SpineBender, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 08

I have had no treatment for DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis). I have seen 3 different specialists and they all have said there was nothing they can do for me. They have prescribed strong pain killers that I have to live on for the pain.

Comment from: Dale M G., 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 31

My doctor said there is no treatment for DISH (diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis), and to take up to three Tylenol if needed.


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