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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Iwas told that I had DDD about 2 years ago. I was suffering from lower back pain that really took a toll on my normal day to day life. I was told that I had little damage and could improve my condition with some life style changes. Well 2 years later and I felt great, ready to see waht my hard work has done. Im down from 250 to 200lbs and have really changed my life in order to gain some ground, im 25 by the way. I was ordered to have an MRI predeployment to see if I can go with my boys. My MRI came back and things have gotten alot worse. I wad told that I have the back of a 50 year old athlete. L1-S1 ARE TRASH,Bulging disks all the way down with a large internal hernated disk L4-L5. I havent had any real pain yet, I feel like im ok, just some pressure and stiffness from time to time. I would love to know whats next, where do I go from here? Is it safe to workout like I have been. I feel better when I am working out (running, wieghts).The doctor I have just seen really gave me no info. He just said that I will be back, I will need surgery and that it will not do alot for me.


  • I would get another referral to another Spine Specialist to see what they have to offer you. I was recently diagnosed also with DDD and see a Neurosurgeon next week. My Primary Dr. said they wouldn't do surgery on me but I don't know what else is ahead. My L5-S1 herniated disc has resolved on it's own but still have pain from this. Congrats on the weight loss also. Best wishes for you and keep us updated. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • What was the verdict on whether you can be deployed?

    I would say that if you are feeling okay, or as you put it "best" when you are being active, continue to do so. but proceed cautiously. Like Charry said, congratulations on the weight loss. That will do a world of good, especially where your knees are concerned. And speaking of your knees - always lift with your legs - never your back. I was told I had the back of a 50 - 60 year old when I was in my 30's. i asked the doctor if I could choose which 50 - 60 year old's back I had. He didn't get it.

    Well, good luck with your future. Thanks for wanting to be out there fighting for our freedoms.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease) is still probably the most understood spinal condition. The word Disease makes it sound much worse then it is. DDD is the normal aging of our spines, everyone will have it to some degree by the time they reach 27-30.
    Some may get it sooner or more severe, due to trauma, previous spinal surgery or genetic conditions. But for over 90% of the DDD situations, it can be controlled by an approved exercise program and NSAIDS.
    Rarely is surgery required.
    As far as you spine and the way it looks. Just last week, we had two people under 30 that said their doctors told them their spines looked like 80 year olds. So perhaps, you are ahead of the game!
    Kidding aside, have things checked out, seek another opinion. You have youth on your side. Whatever spinal problem you may have you have much better chances in coming through and having less pain later on in life, as long as you do the right things today. That is for your doctors to tell you
    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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