I have had back pain for 27 years on and off since a sporting accident in my teens. Recently worse exacerbations and after MRI and neurosurgical review had the diagnosis of DDD. Although not offered any surgical options which in some ways was disappointing was told that the progress of my disease is advanced and should result in complete degeneration and fusion within a couple of years. I am trying to tell myself that this is actually good news! only 2-3 years to wait to be relatively pain free!
I am an emergency dept doctor and family doctor so an expert in management of my pain. It was great to find this site. I thought I was going nuts as running is less painful than walking and your page on DDD described my experiences exactly.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to put your site together, I will be referring patients to it to have a look.