Hi, I'm 41 and suffered in pain for the last 15 years now. I had MRI (done by miltary docs) followed by 3 epidurals, all within a month. I was told that i had some DDD and deteriated facet joints. Since then I've has facet injections for the last 8 years. I hate taking medication as recently i feel nausea everytime. I have terrible pain and numbness down my legs, arms. The facet injections seem to take the edge off the pain now and then. However last week i had my right arm, leg and torso just start "twitching" for no apparent reason. My GP got me into Queen Elizabeth Hospital straight away. I had MRI, CT (head) and EMG (damn big needles stuck in muscles) but they said I was fine. They did say I had mild DDD in my lower back and neck and that was that, no surgery required. My neck clicks really bad when i tip it left to right and has done for years, if I dont tip it now and then it tightens up and gets painful.
I'm now awaiting blood test results. Why do I feel as if this is all in my mind ?
I've never tried to whinge about the pain, I've just put up with it. Can mild DDD cause so much pain, tingling and numbness for so many years ?