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SuzyqSSuzyq Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I just found this site after years of searching for information on Degenerative Disc Disease. I was diagnosed with this condition in 1991 and after bone density scan and spinal exray my Dr told me to quit work. I have only read one article, so far, on this site about my condition and it sure doesn't describe what I deal with on a daily basis.
I can only assume that the difference is the article focused on only the lower back having issues, while with me it is through my entire spine.
I suffer constant pain, frequent back spasms, that take my breath away, sciatic symptoms including pain, numbness, tingling and at time my legs refuse to work at all.
We have tried several different medications to help and none have. I currently take nothing on a regular basis.


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Welcome to Spine-health.

    I have DDD also but mostly in my cervical spine. I know how painful that is! There are many members of our spine health family who have severe DDD that I'm sure will be able to offer you advice and suggestions.

    I hope you enjoy the forums and that SH will become as important to you as it has to me. If there's anything I can help you with feel free to pm me anytime.

  • I also have DDD with sciatica to my leg and severe enough I'm unable to work also. This is a great site with support when you need it. 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
  • Hello Suzy and welcome to Spine-Health! I am also cursed with DDD and so are quite a few others here, as you can and will see...LOL:)

    Welcome aboard and I look forward to getting to know you better!!
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you dropped in!! you have alot of research to do about the help you could recieve.. have you had your MRI? perhaps this could expain some of the pain you are having!! a good pain specialist could be of some help to you if you have not tried one.. good luck to you! i do hope you find some pain relief soon! there is hope out there! Jenny :)
  • I discovered I have DDD after one of many falls from a horse in my early 40s. As you describe, my DDD is not isolated to one area of my spine.

    I have found Spine-healht to be a great source of information and support.

    I do hope to see you around the boards! You are not alone Suzy.

    If you like, you can click on my screen name above my photo for my medical history.

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