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JanJJan Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi to you all, my name is Jan, I live in the UK I am 43 I was diagnosed with DDD back in October last year, I have been agony for the last 2 months and have turned to this forum in desperation after being told today by my consultant that I have to learn to live with it and manage the pain.


  • Sorry to hear that you have pain from DDD. I was told nothing could be done about mine except for Physiotherapy and aquatherapy and injections and medications but it is manageable. I`ve found that using a cane helps though ease the pain while walking.

    I hope you get a few opinions of Orthosurgeons and Neurosurgeons to see if they can help you. There`s more about DDD on this site just type in the blue box above and you`ll find articles written by a Spine Specialist and it`s helpful reading.

    Did you injure your back a year or so ago in any particular incident. My Dr, says the DDD came from constant lifting, bending and twisting at my job but especially when I had a really heavy assignment at work and first got a herniated lumbar disc then ended up turning into painful DDD which is not the same as ordinary DDD from aging as it can be more painful than others due to deeper nerve roots being compressed. It`s now accepted as a condition for disability. I`m on LTD from work for over years now but still hoping to get back to work one day. Don`t give up looking for a Dr. to help you.

    Anyways, just wanted to welcome you here and look forward to seeing your posts. 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
  • Thankyou for your reply and the info, I should of explained that it isn't my back that I suffer with its my neck on the left side, this has resulted in losing the feeling in 2 of my fingers and the top of my arm is also numb. I asked for a painkilling injection but was told that they do not give them in the neck. I have been taking meloxicam and 30mg codine and they help up to a point, but don't really want to take them forever!

    I suspect that it was brought on by work, the same as yours, I have a very manual job too.

    I will have a good look around the site today and try and find some tips on coping with the pain. I would love to go swimming again and I'm hoping that someone could tell me if this would help or make things worse.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Sorry about your painful spine situation. You found a great site for info and support...as Charry mentioned. :)
    I know it's difficult to hear those words about... "This is your life now."

    You said you were told by your consultant. I'm not sure if that means like your main doctor..but hopefully there would be like a chronic pain management doc you could start working with.

    For me it was a little trial and error finding the right meds..dose..etc..but now the edge is off and I'm not in the ER routinely..:) so life has improved.
    Also, Charry mentioned a cane... and mine has been a life saver! Without it my gait is all contorted and I utter sounds of a injured soul. Not a pretty sight.. :)

    I wish you well..Keep in touch!

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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • 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! i have several friends from your area the, U.K., Wales and Northern Ireland...you have come to a great site to make new friends and gather information on your condition.. please have a look around and make yourself at home!! spineys are a very friendly bunch and are here to give out all kinds of advice.. i often use music as a way to alleviate severe pain.. you might find it helps you as well. good luck as you search for pain relief.. Jenny :)
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