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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  • deleted_user

    16 year old daughter with JDDD... Help

    Hi! I am new to this site and thought I would try telling my daughters story to see if I could find someone else that has gone through the same thing or has a child that has or is going through the same thing also. My daughter was 14 when she started complaining of her back hurting. After a couple of months it got worse with hip and leg pain now. I took her to the sports medicine phyisician. He...
  • CF89

    Young and suffering

    hi guys I'm new to this support group thing! I'm 27 and two years ago I had a discectomy of L5/S1. I had multiple steroid injections after as the pain wasn't going away. I was then referred to a pain clinic where I was told I have nerve damage and it is going to be a chronic condition. I ended up In a and e a few months back (I work there) and had another scan. The scan show I have DDD. My disc...
  • sharch

    multi level Disc Degeneration Disease

    anyone else have multi level DDD I'm 35 was diagnosed at 22 following a fall, a disc rupture and a pars fracture. I now have DDD L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1. So despite being told for years that discs repair themselves and that it wouldn't progress, it has and my condition has deteriorated. I can't work. I am in constant chronic pain, have to use a cane most days some times a chair, it's very debilitating...
  • tulafae

    DDD and nerve impingement

    I was diagnosed with DDD and nerve impingement 3 years ago, at age 30.  Since then I have had worsening nerve and back pain, and my most recent MRI (performed in August of this year) showed the damage as "mild"... but sometimes I feel like that can't be right because the pain is downright unbearable some days.  I've found that exercise helps somewhat at times but not always.  I'm currently on...
  • ramakhawam

    Is it possible to have both DDD & scoliosis?

    this summer, my back got worse and I started crying every night because how much my back hurted me so my parents decided to take to another doctor, the first doctor said that I had DDD and I researched it for weeks and I felt every symptom so I felt it was true. Anyways, it got worse so they decided to take me to another that told me I had scoliosis and i was late. I don't know exactly what I...
  • KayleighMarie

    Frustrated with doctors

    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...
  • stressisreal


    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...
  • KayleighMarie

    Just diagnosed with DDD at 19

    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. 
  • redang2424

    New to the group

    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...
  • Heather77

    Mom of 9 year just dx with JDDD

    I am wondering if any memebers were diagnosed at a young age? Our son has hypermobility as well and for the longest time we thought the back pain was associated with it. However after 1 year of PT and no relief on his back we had the Ortho due an MRI. His entire back has it. We were told that he has a back made for motion. We took that advice over the summer and had him walk, bike, run, and...
  • Dragonleigh

    Hi :-)

    Hi everyone, I am new here and just wanted to introduce myself and say hi to 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...
  • RossHomes

    Has anyone used a Specific Chiropractic for ...

    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


    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...
  • littlemart

    Back pain while trying to sleep

    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...