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.