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Can someone explain DDD??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,662
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Can someone please explain a little about this disease??? I was just diagnosed yesterday and am wondering if I am just going to have to live with this pain??? Is there a surgery out there that can help???
Any and all input is welcome as i am very new to this disease but not new to the pain!!!


  • http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease

    This is a link to your question. It came from this site. It is pretty striaght forward. It is very insightful and will teach you a lot. When I was told I had DDD the first thing I did was research everywhere.

    If you still need help, I'm sure someone can explain it.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,878
    This is probably the most mis understood spinal condition.
    The fact that the word Disease is in there makes it seem very terrible.
    DDD is basically just the aging of our spine. In some articles you will see it referred to as the 'graying' of our spine, just like our hair turns gray.
    Almost everyone by the time they are 30 years old will have some level of DDD.
    It can come on sooner and more severe:
    - Trauma and Accidents
    - Prior Spinal Surgery
    - Genetic conditions
    Most people with DDD can manage the pain and discomfort by an approved exercise program and over the counter NSAIDs.
    Only the severe cases of DDD require surgery.

    Here is a video Spine-Health provides about DDD:

    Degenerative Disc Disease Video
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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