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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  • 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. 
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ramakhawam

    It turns out I have 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

    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...
  • BrightSide987

    Just found out I have DDD

    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


    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...