I was just wondering if there is anyone other young people around these boards with DDD or Stenosis?
Im 22 and have been living with the condition since I was about 13. This has been an uphill battle since day 1 for me. Doctors refused to believe my pain could be something serious as a child....so it went un-diagnosed until my teens. Unfortunatley I have not been able to find any literature, or any one else around my age with these problems. I know I can't be the only one. :<
I saw a spine surgeon several years ago who told me basically to live with it, or have surgery. My surgical options were fusion or disc replacement. I decided against surgery. I find it concerning that there are no studies or articles about these procedures for young people. I've read plenty for people in their 30's,40's 50's etc. My worry is that no one seems to have any idea how these procedures will affect me in 50 years. Granted no one has a crystal ball but still.
So is there anyone else out there that has had procedures young? Or been diagnosed young?
I would really appreciate any input, Im supposed to be seeing another surgeon soon and getting a new MRI.
We shall see.