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Cervical DDD

driftwoodddriftwood Posts: 81
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
SO I finally went to see a neurosurgeon about some neck issues I was having. The current neck issues were more muscular.

However I learnt today that 3 of 3 of my cervix (4 5 6) I think, have DDD.

Most people my age, 32, will only have one or 2 but I have three. SO I have it more then normal.

Apparantly there is nothing they can do, unless it starts causing issues.

I will go see a therapist to figure out what I am supposed to do and how etc for preventative.

I am not really sure that this is supposed to mean? I got the impression that, "well if its starts to really cause issues, then we'll do something." For now do what you do till it causes issues.

I am no really sure what I am supposed to do with this information.


  • I think it is safe to say that despite it’s intimidating name, DDD is not really degenerative, nor is it a disease. It is simply part of the process of aging. It is rarely any more painful than wrinkled skin or graying hair.
    I was diagnosed with DDD when I was 16 years old. I was so scared by the actual words DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE. I pictured my spine crumbling and my vertebrae rubbing together violently with every movement. This created a powerful nocebo (google nocebo) effect on me. It is no wonder that my pain grew worse and worse.
    I still have DDD. In fact, my discs are even thinner now. I do not have any pain anymore. My back pain never came from DDD, despite the diagnosis. I am cured. Please, do not fear DDD. It is most likely NOT the primary cause of your pain.
    04/09 Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy C5-6,C6-7
    injured neck after a horseriding accident
  • Driftwood,

    Zack has it nailed head on. My surgeon basically told me to think of DDD as "The gray hairs of the spine." Like gray hair, some start getting it in their 20's others much later in life. :-) Pretty scary name for "gray hair" huh?

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Brenda, Zack, thanks for the response. What a horrible name :( for it.

    Sigh, again, thanks for taking the time.
  • I read recently that the name DDD is misleading and really shouldn't be used.
    Arthritis is more accurate.
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