I have ddd/djd in my neck. Spent 20 years in the Army, which I am sure was the culprit. It really started bugging me in 2005 after the birth of my son. I was 37. Doctors told me it was just muscular tension, new baby...that kind of thing. It progressively got worse and in 2006 I could not take it anymore. At that time I as retiring from the Army. Enrolled in the VA and was told I had fibromyalgia....they began the whole drug thing on me. I tried a bevy of medications. They took the edge off...but I knew I had something more going on then fibromyalgia. I finally consulted an outside chiropractor who did x-rays and told me about the ddd/djd. This was in 2010. I was pissed at the VA for not dx this when they did x-rays. I started a intense regimen of PT..three times a week. But and now going twice a week. I am so burnt out on the PT. It does help me maintain some relief. I know this condition will not go away. So, the question for me now is this...do I continue with drugs and PT forever? OR, do I consider surgical options? I am pretty healthy, don't drink or smoke. I have a 6 year old son and he is tough to keep up with...I WANT to keep up with him. Going in a couple weeks to talk to a surgeon and see what type of procedures are out there.