What are the long-term effects of all disks degenerating?

What are the long-term effects of all disks degenerating?

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What are the long-term effects of all disks degenerating?

On Tuesday my rheumatologist looked at my complete spine MRI pictures and said "all of your disks have considerable degeneration" :jawdrop:

I am 56 yrs old, have always looked after my health and have never put strain on my back.

Can anyone point me to info on the future progression of this and what kind of life I will have to adapt to? I have made adaptations to my home so I don't bend over at all and this helps keep the pain down.

Does the pain get worse as the disks shrink, or is it a relief ? Will I have to have frequent rests between activity as I do now?

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jana, the good news is that I have read that after 60 your discs actually slow down on the degeneration process. It is something about a hormone that is no longer produced but I can't recall the specifics. Consider yourself lucky that your pain has started later in life (not that it makes it any better). from the sounds of things your pain must be comming from your facet joints. Your facet joints are responsible for the motion in your spine and make it so that you do not bend too far, etc. Have you tried facet blocks or a rhizotomy? I have facet arthropathy ( arthritis in facet joints) along with degenerative disc disease. I also have a terrible time bending, walking or standing for long periods of time. The good news is that there is help out there. Have you seen any other docs besides your rheumatologist? But actually degeneration of the discs are a normal part of the aging process. Some people suffer no pain with it and some of us suffer greatly. Good luck to you and let us know if you have sought other medical help.

Mbackcare (not verified)
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bad discs

I am 56 and all of a sudden in the past 3 years I can
no longer walk. I had a knee replacement after walking crooked for 10 years and thought that was the problem
but after the knee replacement the pain just got worse and worse. when my boys came in to visit in the spring, I
had to rent a wheelchair just to keep up with them and they are 40 years old.

Just had microdisctectomy surgery 4 days ago for L3, L4 and L5 and started walking the neighborhood, and man am I slow,
I want to be tender and tough on myself after years of not being able to walk but am unsure of what is normal for post surgical and not.

Severe pain in the butt and upper thigh to the knee and really tired but naps help alot. Doc says I should be driving 9 days post op but unsure if I can really do that. His office is 15 miles away on a major highway.

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you

M

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Mbackcare

Welcome to SH. I too had a radical microdiscectomy back in Dec. 07. My recovery took much longer than I or the doc expected. I feel your pain. I was about 6 - 8 weeks not able to lift my right leg and was too painful to walk. The most that I could do was hobble to docs office, recline or lay in bed with pillow between knees. I could not even get up from sitting/reclining/laying position without lots of help. So, do not worry yet that your recovery is not going well as we are all so different and there really is no set time that you should be recovered. Some people come right out of surgery feeling great. I think that it depends what kind of nerve damage that you have also. The nerves can take a very long time to bounce back. Also. most people have increased facet pain after this surgery. So, just do the best that you can and if it hurts don't do it. Your body will usually tell you when it has had enough. Good luck on your recovery and do keep us posted.
Also, I could not sit or keep my feet on the pedals in order to drive for more than 3 months. If you do not feel comfortable driving, don't do it. All of us do not fit the standard of what we should or shouldn't be able to do at any given time.

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Jana

Hello, I am not sure what the outcome of desengrating dis but I do know. I am one of the Cervical DDD Sufferes. I was told in two years I probably be paralyzed if I don't get help. Far as my history tells them I have had this DDD since the day I was born and it just showed up this past April. I also found out I had a thyroid problem along with this DDD and Buldging Disc Mess. I am sorry that many of us has these problems but you know what we are not alone at all. Just to give you and idea how young DDD is effecting people. I am 18. I have a long way from 60. Good Luck!
Love Always,
Jessica