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New to this board and this kind of pain!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi everyone,
I am brand new to this board, and basically to this type of pain as well. I am a 50 year old female and have been very healthy my whole life. I have been very lucky. For about the last month or so I have been experiencing pain that started in the upper left side of my back, near my shoulder blade. It was really annoying and painful, so I went to see an ortho doc. He took X-rays and told me I have definite DDD in my neck, and the pain is caused and is referring to my upper back from that. Well it's been a month and the pain is now radiating to my shoulder area, down my arm etc., and my neck is really stiff and I can't bend my chin to my chest or I feel extreme pain in my back. Like a long muscle is pulling or something. He prescribed Skelaxin, Celebrex, and Darvocet for the pain. That was a month ago. Can anyone tell me how long something like this can go on, or if anyone out there has experienced this same kind of thing? I feel like it's been forever, and I am really getting tired of it. It seems like I am in pain all the time if I'm not on the pain meds. Mornings are the worst. I sit at a desk all day working on a computer, and I'm sure that doesn't and hasn't helped. The only relief I seem to get is when I lay down in bed or on the couch. The pain goes completely away, but I can't live my life like that! I would really appreciate anyone to talk to about this, and if anyone can give me some advice.
Thanks for reading my post.


  • Since you are new to all of this world of back and neck pain, I suggest you take a look around this website. There are many useful articles in addition to the forums. You might want to start here for some basic information on cervical DDD: http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/cervical-degenerative-disc-disease

    There is also a whole category on this forum devoted to Neck Pain under the "PAIN" category near the top of the page.

    On a practical note, if you are not feeling better in six weeks' time you may want to consult with a fellowship-trained spinal specialist. This will be either an orthopedic spinal surgeon or a neurosurgeon. S/he will probably want an MRI done so the a determination can be made, diagnosis given, and a plan of treatment drawn up. Despite the name "surgeon" in the title of their specialties, these doctors will look for every possible conservative measure to help you before ever mentioning surgery. Some people are afraid to consult with these specialists because they assume they will be told they need surgery.

    If you have DDD, it is a condition that you will be dealing with or managing for the rest of your life. It is important to begin to educate yourself about it so you will be able to communicate with your doctors and be able to understand their recommendations.

    This site is a wonderful source of accurate information, written by medical professionals. The Forum also offers "patients" and their loved ones a place to share ideas, experiences, to vent frustrations, and to provide support. Welcome and please come often with your questions and comments.
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