Hello everyone, I'm a 20 year old college student that was just diagnosed with DDD yesterday. I was genetically born with an L6 vertebrae and have degeneration in my L6 and L5 discs. My doctor told me the damage was pretty substantial and essentilly told me I have to stop playing sports and stop doing many of my favorite activities. The back pain started during my junior year during football, so the problem stemmed from an injury. However, since it took over 4 years to diagnose, the problem has gotten progressively worse. I play rugby and am a very active person, go to the gym at least 3 times a week and am always playing basketball or pickup football. These activities always caused me severe back pain and would leave me bed ridden or unable to walk pain free for days or eve weeks. However, I never thought that my problem was this serious and that all these activities were actually making my problem much worse. I was at a loss for words when I was given this information. I was just wondering if anybody has any advice on how to deal and live with this...I was pretty devestated when I was told that I pretty much have to change my entire life to avoid multiple surgeries and even with a change now, since i'm so young, surgery is almost inevitable later on in life. Any help would be greatly appreciated...anybody thats dealt with this before or had friends/family that have dealt with it. Thank you so much.