Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis
* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Ankylosing vertebral hyperostosis with tylosis
- DISH Forestier's disease
- Forestier disease
- Forestier-Rotes disease
Your QuestionI am 52 years old. I have had this illness for almost ten years. I had anterior neck surgery in 2008 and posterior neck surgery in 2009, with four titanium screws. May I ask you to help me or to guide me so I can treat this illness? Because of this illness I lost everything. I am now totally disabled.
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Treatment for pain caused by diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis is similar to that of other joint ailments. Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) may be of some benefit. More severe pain can be treated with corticosteroid injections.
Staying active and getting regular exercise may help to reduce the symptoms of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. Walking, swimming, stretching and yoga are good exercises for managing the symptoms of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis.
Surgery may be required in rare cases when diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis causes severe complications. People who experience difficulty swallowing due to large bone spurs in the neck may need surgery to remove the bone spurs. Surgery may also relieve pressure on the spinal cord caused by diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis.
- Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. November 2, 2012; http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/diffuse-idiopathic-skeletal-hyperostosis/DS00740/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print. Accessed 11/17/2013.
- Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH). The Arthritis Society. 2013; http://www.arthritis.ca/page.aspx?pid=919. Accessed 11/14/2013.