I was diagnosed with DDD when I was 30 (I am now 39 and HOLDING
It was first found in my back them my neck. Had an ACDF in April of 2010. MY back is worse and always has been worse than my neck but they keep tellin me surgery wont help. I have 5 levels (bottom 5) at various stages, the bottom has nothing in between anymore. The surgeon that did my neck took a look at my MRI a year and a half ago and said it was less than 50% chance that surgery would work because I have "too may bad" areas. We did an MRI last August and I was told the same thing. Now I have noticed a severe change in the way my body is holding. Many days I have a severe lean to the right (right has always been my worse side) the pain in my legs, hip and bottom make my daily life such a challenge. Even simple tasks like cooking are hard and my house is falling apart. I have another MRI tomorrow and I just do not know what to do if I am given the same answer AGAIN. I asked last year to get a second opinion referal for the Cleveland Clinic but my doctor refused. They have me on Percs and flexeril and I worry about the toll on my health. THey put me on the pain patch last year for about 4 months but I could not stop throwing up. THey just seem to want to medicate me. I just want FIXED. I know this is not always an option but I am tired. I know when I was preparing for my neck surgery this board saved my life, hoping for someone with some words of wisdom. I need help, feel lost right now and sick of leaving the specialists office crying every 4 months. Any help is apprecaited!!