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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I'm 32 and was told that I have DDD in 4 disc in my back about 2 years ago. Wow when I was told this I felt like my whole world feel apart. But I try to take 1 day at a time. There is some days that my pain is to bad to do anything. I was told that there was nothing that could be done. It was a WC case at first and all their doctors told me I was lying and that there was no way that I was in pain. Well I must say that I'm so glad that I'm no longer dealing with work comp. I just got done with my 2nd MRI and I'm finally seeing a NeuroDoctor, they said that my 2nd MRI showed that there has been 2 disc that the height has changed some but that it the 4 disc look stable. I'm not really sure if that is a good thing or not? Stable was exactly does that mean when you have DDD?
I'm glad that I have found this place, I was startitin to get really depressed thinking no one knew who I felt. Thanks for listening to me.


  • It's is normal to feel depressed when you are suffering from chronic pain, especially when you are having a tough time convincing the docs that you are in pain. Have you tried PT, injections or any other treatment. What levels do you have the DDD? Many of us here suffer from chronic pain that has robbed us of our "old" self. Many of us have had multiple tests that come up saying everything looks normal and that we shouldn't be having this much pain. Well, the pain is real and we know what you are going through.

    If you aren't comfortable with the doc you have now, get another opinion from a spine specialist not affiliated with that office.

    I pray that you find some relief from your pain soon. Welcome to Spine-Health. It really is a great place for us chronic pain sufferers and has a wealth of information as well as supportive and understanding people who truly get what you are feeling.
  • I have DDD in the lumbar spine my MRI says
    L2/L3 through the L5/S1. I have switched to a new doctor since I have settled with my work comp. I now have a new neuro doctor in MN and he seems pretty good and has given me some hope. I just started back with PT about 2 weeks ago but it has been kind of stopped because I have gone for 1 injection last Friday and I'm going in for another this Friday. I have noticed some relief in pain. My pain comes and goes it can lay me up for several days. I'm hoping with summer coming that I won't be in so much pain. Thank you for taking time to respond to me. I just feel a big weight lifted off my shoulders knowing that I'm not alone. I still worry about the future and what it holds. But we all have to remember to take one day at time.
  • It sounds like you are finally getting on the right track to find some solutions to your back issues. Many people learn to live with DDD and are able to manage the resulting pain. Hopefully the injections will help you and you will start feeling better soon.

    You have come to the right place to find a whole group of people that can relate to what you are going through. Be sure to read through other parts of the board, as some "categories" are more active than others.

    Further down the road, if you find yourself overwhelmed with depression, look into medication. There are some anti-depressant medications that help with pain as well as depression.
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