Im new here and just wanted to vent. I was diagnosed with DDD 5 years ago. I had problems starting about 15 years prior to that. I'm 39 now and in constant pain, somedays are better than others though. When I was first diagnosed I was told that I had arthritis, and the back of a 70 year old man. The doctor recommended that I change jobs. I am a produce Manager and have to do a lot lifting and am on my feet all day. I did not change jobs, and kept on doing what I had always done work through it. Just take some pills and keep going. Now I am on my second doctor and doing much worse. I have misssed a lot of work over the last 2 or 3 years, but this year takes the cake. At present I am on week number 8 of being off. My sick time has now run out, and I have only 2 weeks left of FMLA before my position is taken away and possibly my job. I also missed some time earlier in the year. I have been undergoing PT and have not really found it to be to much help. No one I know seems to really understand a whole lot and friends keep telling me to file for disability. I am feeling so far down right now that I really don't know what to do. I feel worthless and alone, and I am so depressed and stressed out right now that I think I am losing my mind. My own DR. gives me Lortab and tells me that it is an extrememly powerful pain killer. They are so useless for me that I won't even take them. I know that in two weeks I will lose my job that I love. I can't stand, sit, walk, sleep or do much of anything with out being in pain. I have never been this down before. I'm left alone most of the time, other than my wife being around. My friends have ditched me because I can't do anything.
Dignosis: DDD of the Lumbar spine Disc bulges at L2-3, L4-5, and L5-s1 in conjuction with osteophyte. L5-S1 impinges on both S1 Nerve Roots, with more impingement on the left L5-S1 Neural Foramen and the Exiting Left L5 Nerve root. Left Posterior central disc herniation at L2-3 with mild impingement upon Anterior Thecal sac. Also Neural foraminal stenosis at L5-S1. So far both Doctors will not do surgery. I am too young and there is a chance I could come out worse is what I have been told. I plan on a third opinion, but with my job about to be gone I just don't know if I will be able to.
Thanks for listening.