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Degenerative disc disease

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,900
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in New Member Introductions
:H hello all! I'm new here and have a question. I was recently diagnoised with DDD, and I fell off my horse and was hospitalized for 5 days, also I had a concussion, no broken bones, but am aching all over. Any ways, I was wondering if I should continur riding horses? the doctor said I should of never been on a horse, but I didn't know I had degenerative disc disease either. So I love riding horses, but don't want to damage my back any further. So I'm looking for some thoughts on this. Thanks, <):) :''(
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  • I would definitely get a second opinion and hopefully you're referred to a Specialist. Take care and nice meeting you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • From my DDD experience, and I am 54- certain repeated physical actions TOTALLY prevent healing and increase inflammation.This has been going on since I was 35. I had to learn this the hard way by continuing to persue my hobbies as well. Daily now I have pain from a synovial spinal cyst that had formed on the lumbar 4 from my DDD. I am scheduled for a laminectomy and spinal fusion Nov 13th. This will be my 2nd fusion.I cant move fluidly, pain in the legs, pain that seems to morph from lower right to left. PLEASE reconsider riding. I know that this is just beyond any reality but you are surely, down the road IF you're lucky or sooner looking for trouble. Let me know what you think? I am so sorry to have to report this type of email to you. I know it's the last thing u wanted to read.
    Best regards,
    Vicki
  • From my DDD experience, and I am 54- certain repeated physical actions TOTALLY prevent healing and increase inflammation.This has been going on since I was 35. I had to learn this the hard way by continuing to persue my hobbies as well. Daily now I have pain from a synovial spinal cyst that had formed on the lumbar 4 from my DDD. I am scheduled for a laminectomy and spinal fusion Nov 13th. This will be my 2nd fusion.I cant move fluidly, pain in the legs, pain that seems to morph from lower right to left. PLEASE reconsider riding. I know that this is just beyond any reality but you are surely, down the road IF you're lucky or sooner looking for trouble. Let me know what you think? I am so sorry to have to report this type of email to you. I know it's the last thing u wanted to read.
    Best regards,
    Vicki
  • Yes, I had a neuro-surgeon looking at me. Is there another type of specialist that I should see? also, Vicki, you are right, I didn't want to here what you said...but I needed to here the truth because I do have grand children and a wonderful family, and I love horses, but if riding them with hurt my life with my family, then I definitely don't want to do that, so I appreciate you honesty, even if it's not what I want to read....Thank you for posting so quickly. :?
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. I have DDD as well and use exercise and stretching as part of my pain program. contact your doctor or a pt and ask "just what do they think you can do?" you should get a straight answer from them about this. we have a forum on DDD. check it out for more info. Also check out "Conditions" and Treatments" at the top of the forum page. good luck and follow your doctor's orders! Jenny :)
  • I agree that to be sure you should seek some more medical opinions. Good luck and keep us posted.
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