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Back Pain diagnosis blues

diggeerdogddiggeerdog Posts: 4
edited 02/18/2013 - 7:32 AM in New Member Introductions
I have been diagnosed now with DDD and arthritis. Sleeping late kills my back, and I cant sleep on a normal mattress. I have a sleep number bed and let most of the air out of it. I like to sleep on my back and put a pillow under my knees. I naturally like to sleep on my stomach but gave that up long ago.

First of all, I cant tell what pain is from the discs and what is arthritic. I have no shooting pains. Sometimes I will feel a pinch, but mostly it is a dull, but very painful feel in a broad area from the middle to lower part of my back.

I was prescribed soma and lortabs, but I am a recovering alcoholic and was addicted to xanax bad 14 yrs ago. I needed relief, but old using behaviors crept back in, so I put these down. I take motrin and mobic, and they help better anyway. I dont want to treat symptoms, I want to get down to root causes.

Physical therapy helps, and strengthening my abs seems to help the most, but I have to do it everyday. It gets better for a while, then I slack off and it comes back with a vengeance. I have extremely tight hamstrings and have been working on those too. Laying on an ice gelpack helps.

When I ask about surgery, and what can be done, and when do I do it, I get the old "you will know when its time," answer. It is time, now, if you ask me. I am aware of the discomfort during the day, but it doesnt limit me. PAIN IN MY SLEEP IS MY PROBLEM. I dread going on vacation and sleeping in a strange bed. I need something as soft as a bean bag chair to sleep in my preferred position, which is on my back. I have learned to sleep on my side, but it is very unnatural to me.

I see no way for this to be cured for good. I just want to know I am doing all I can do. I have had 2 MRI's, 3 doctors, and pretty much get the same answers, treatments, drugs, etc.

I see this as a bad neighbor that has moved into my house, and I am learning how to live with it. I just turned 50, am a male, and am 5ft-8 inches and am in shape, weighing 170 pounds.

Any recommendations will be appreciated. I am looking for answers.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    is the most mis-understood of all spinal conditions. DDD is part of our spine aging process. You may even read that it is akin to our hair turning gray. Its just natural. Some show it earlier than others, some have more advanced stages.

    For the most part, DDD can be controlled and managed via approved exercise programs and over the counter NSAIDS.
    Only in the more severe cases is surgery considered.

    So, from what you posted about the MRIs and doctors, they pretty much are telling you the same thing, so I would then ask what is the best course of action to manage the DDD. As far as I know, I have never heard of a cure of DDD for good.
    I've had it now for about 25 years, and I just have to do the right things to manage it.

    Take a look at:
    Degenerative Disc Disease
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • They recomend drinking lots of water, traction to take weight off the disc or any kind of work out taking pressure off the disc, There are many treatments and much info you can find on here about ways to help it,

    Good luck,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • now what? Been to several dr's,pain clinics, physical therapy three times... Trying to find a dr to help me and treat me like I am not some crazy person making things up! Tired of going in circles wanting help..
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