Degenerative Disc Disease Support Group

Degeneration of the intervertebral disc, which is often called "degenerative disc disease" (DDD) of the spine, DDD is in fact a condition that can be painful and can greatly affect the quality of one's life. While disc degeneration is not a normal part of aging and for most people is not a problem, for certain individuals a degenerated disc can cause severe constant chronic pain.

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  • I have been trying to get a second opinion on my back problems. I saw an orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed my degenerative disk disease and they told me there was no treatment options. I am not doubting the diagnosis but I do not believe that there is nothing they can do to help with my condition. I am 19 years old and they told me that there is nothing they can do and that I will live my whole...
  • redang2424

    New to the group

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    Hi all I just joined and wanted to introduce myself. I was diagnosed with ddd two years ago, but was told I have had it for about ten years. I am now 30 and still feel like I have most of my life ahead of me, but when I was first diagnosed I had a lifting accident that laid me up for almost 2 years. I recently had a lamenectamy and fusion of t5-t8 with 2 rods and 8 screws put in place. And even...
  • I am 19 years old and I have had chronic back pain since I was 12 and today I was diagnosed with DDD. My doctor told me there is no treatment except for PT, and I have done PT before with no relief from my pain. Is there really no treatment? Because I find this hard to believe.
  • Dragonleigh

    Hi :-)

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    Hi everyone, I am new here and just wanted to introduce myself and say hi to everyone...so HI :-)A little about me: I have been dealing with Degenerative Disk Disease in neck & spine, several facet joint arthropathy in neck and spine, thinning bone in spine, osteoarthritis for almost two years now. If that is not enough I am also going through menopause. To say these conditions have an impact on...
  • stressisreal

    Hi

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    Hi everyone :-)I am new on here. I have DDD and have been dealing with it for years. I am married and my husband is out of the country currently. I also have two autistic children. I also have been blessed with Fibromyalgia so I am tying to make the best of everything. I am feeling really discouraged and struggling quite a bit right now. I hope everyone is doing the best that they can. Sending...
  • Cervical spine issues ? Like DDD , bulging discs , pinched nerves , stenosis? I'm not sure if I've asked this on here or not .If you have , what was your experience ?I am considering it and would bevglad to hear some feedback .Thanks !
  • deleted_user

    INVERSION TABLE

    Just wondering if anyone has tried an inversion table to decompress their spine due to DDD? I have had DDD for years in cervical and lunlmbar spine but have managed well with different therapies. This morning I was cleaning a toilet and just was bent over not using good body mechanics and had worse pain than usual. I decided to try my inversion table to see if it would help. I can't tell that it...
  • ldab

    Gabapentin help anyone?

    I have my maxed amount of epidural shots of my cervical DDD....(and no one cares about my lumbar DDD)..... I've done physical therapy, muscle relaxers, Amitriptyline, Nortryptiline, desipramine.....narcotics... So I decided to go to a spine specialist and they have me on Gabapentin. Its been two weeks and it did nothing for my lumbar ever... but it did seem to help my cervical and arm/hand pain...
  • This has gotten progressively worse with time. I seem to be able to sleep only on my back. If I turn on either side I get this piercing pain in the upper middle of my back. Turn over on my back and it's better. Of course I have this pain during the day too, but can usually deal with it. I have Gastritis and have been thinking the pain had something to do with that, but now I'm thinking it...
  • Last year, somewhere in May, I got really really sick, I didn't go to school for two days and I was never absent so it was weird. After this, I felt pain in my hips, at least I thought it was my hips. After a few months, I had incredible pain and started crying so my mom got worried but she didn't do anything. A few weeks back, I slept after I came back from school because I was tired and when I...
  • swarleycat

    I need help

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    I have been suffering from DDD in my cervical spine for roughly 5 years and also have two desicated disks directly below the herniated disks. I wouldn't say my pain has ever been well managed. I've done a lot of PT, to the point of buying home medical equipment, to save money in the long run. Well, I just moved and got into a really bad car accident. It not only dislocated my shoulder, it...
  • I had X-rays for something else. THe doctor called to tell me that I have severe DDD in L2-3. They compared to studies done in 2008 and the changes are so serious that the doctor is very concerned. They are suggesting an infection in the disc.Anyone else have it advance very fast?
  • shouse

    DDD

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    I found out in October that I have DDD and they doctors keep changing medication on me. Was suggested that I have shots then to have the nerve end burnt to help with the pain. Due to financial reasons I couldn't get this done. Pain is getting sever again but wont be able to see dr for awhile. Dont know anything about this disease or what it causes. I do know I was told to suck it up that 90% of...
  • Bunnythecat

    Its starting again

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    Hi, its been over 2 years since my last operation in which I had 4 discs replaced by Peeks Spacers. Suffered severe nerve damage and lodt feeling in my lower left leg and foot as a result of op and still get constant back pain but it has been manageable.However, now laid up with another slippd disc, just above the top spacer they put in. Very fed up, on very strong pain killers and...
  • I have to share this as I know of others here that suffer restless legs and other aches and pains throughout the day and also at night. The night is the worst because it keeps me up or wakes me up. So I just got a brand new bed delivered and slept like a baby last night! I am in love with my new bed. It will be costing me two thousand dollars but I don't have to pay for 18 months. This bed has...