New here... recently diagnosed with L4-L5 &L5-S1 disc herniation, arthritis, and DDD. The herniations have healed quite well, but I am still battling lumbar pain from the DDD.
I am a 24 y/o very active female. I play rugby, weight lift, snowboard, and every other activity I have the time for. I have since given up very heavy lifting and have learned to control my flare-ups to the best of my ability. Since strengthening my glutes and lower back the pain has gotten a tad bit better.
The main activity that gives me pain is running. Which is unfortunate because I am a rugby player! But I am learning my limitations and learning to deal with my back.
When I saw a specialist for my back, he was shocked that my back is so bad at my age. He said the MRI looks like something he would expect from someone 40+ years old... it just didn't make sense to him.
I am in the process of cutting back my alcohol use... I drink to excess on the weekends. Not looking for a lecture, I know it is not good in any facet of my life, but I was wondering... could this have progressed the degeneration in my back? After a night of heavy drinking my back is VERY bad. The pain in my legs and whatnot is horrible and nothing helps but time. I'm assuming this is from dehydration and I am well aware that these flareups are caused by alcohol. But could alcohol have predisposed me/exacerbated the development of DDD?
Just looking for opinions or experience with others with DDD regarding alcohol intake. Maybe this will finally get me to cut the habit or atleast cut back significantly...