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i am new here so i hope to find info to help me deal with DDD.

blackfoot62bblackfoot62 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
hello i am a newbee and i am seeking support and info for my troubled back and neck. in 2001 i began to have chronic pain in my lumbar and cervical reigons. i was 39 years old when it began. i worked hard labor in the construction industry for 22 years mostly as a laborer on a roofing crew. at first i took only tylenol for the pain. then in 2005 i found out i had a bulging disc at c6-c7. the neurosurgeon said i had 60% cord compression so he done a disectomy and used bone from my hip to graft it. being a 31 year 2 pack a day smoker caused failed fusion. then in 2008 i had L4-S1 fused with 6 screws and 2 rods, by this time i had gotten up to morphine for pain. it failed also. i went to a different surgeon who told me i had DDD and it would keep on going till i was fused from tailbone to skull if it kept up. he told one surgery would just lead to another. i am now 48 and i only take nabutome {an nsaid} tylenol and lyrica. i have no reflexes at anywhere the seem to check, my legs are constantly in pain, i feel as if my spine is going to fall out. my right arm and shoulder hurt and tingle all the time. i am sure someone out there probably knows about this better than me but my quality of life is almost null. the surgeon told me i have several more degenerated and bulging discs in both the lumbar and the cervical reigons. in time i will be toally crippled. no cure in sight yet? i tried epidural injections and it caused my mental problems as i am bipolar. so the surgeon sent me to a pain mngt clinic and the gave me norco 10/325, but i don't like being druged up so i decided to just stay on the nabutome and wait and see. thanks for listening and any advice is welcome.




  • Sorry to hear you have so much pain. I think it's great that you were able to stop taking morphine. The hardest part of medication is the more we take, the more we need. Knowing I have at least 2 more fusions coming, I will need them more then. Just getting a Dr. who is willing to prescribe has been a nightmare. I also have DDD. I started out with a lumbar laminectomy about 8 years ago at L3. Three years later I had a lumbar fusion at L3 with cages and grafting compound. Three years ago I had a cervical fusion C3-C7 with rods and screws. Now, I have been in chronic pain for almost 1 year with lumbar spine. Seeing a surgeon Monday. The disk above cages is herniated and the one below is ruptured. Cervical fusion also needs to be extended I have so much nerve damage that I don't have much feeling in arms and legs. I know exactly how you feel. My life has been destroyed. Just going for a car ride is painful. One of the hardest things to accept is so much isolation. I don't think family and friends really believe how bad it is. They say it's depressing. I basically can't go anywhere or do anything. Been having a hard time just getting out of bed. This is not living. Fortunately, I found a therapist close by that has experience in treating people with all of these issues. Sounds like your Dr. gave you the cold hard truth. It's all a vicious cycle of pain and depression. I honestly believe there are a lot more of us out there and many have given up. It helps to hear we're not alone. I can only take it as it comes. I hope our futures will be brighter soon.
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