I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease a year and half ago. It started when I was lying on my friends couch, having siatic pain running down both legs. For 8 months, I tried physio and a range of pain killers and a TENS unit with no improvements and was told - keep at it, it should improve.
At 9 months I had an MRI scan done. My S1/L5, L5/4, L4/L3 discs have all bulged (luckily not ruptured) and are putting the stress on both my left and right leg down to my toes. I also have a disc in my thorasic spine that has bulged and is impinging on my spinal cord. There is no family history or reason behind what happened - just the diagnosis that I have 4 bad discs and degenerative disc disease.
It has been quite hard to deal with changing from a very active lifestyle to now being told that I should not do running or jumping as I shouldn't stress my spine. I have suffered from depression due to the chronic pain and also gained weight (that I am now trying very hard to loose).
I had a microdiscetomy surgery completed on my bottom two discs 3 months ago. Unfortunatly, I haven't seen any improvements and am going back for more MRI scan's to see what is going on.
At the moment I am just waiting for the new scans and information and am looking for like minded people as doing this all by yourself is, after a year and a half, getting a bit tough. If there is anyone else, like myself in their mid twenties, it would be especially be great to hear your stories.
Being told that I should not run or jump is not much fun.