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cannot stand up straight

DebiLynneDDebiLynne Posts: 1
edited 03/15/2013 - 9:43 AM in Pain Management
I am new to here and I have DDD L- 3 thru S-1 and spondylothesis in L-4. Two days ago I got out of bed and could not stand up straight. I spent all morning trying to straighten up only to have the pain so excruciating that I was near tears. I finally made it to my recliner and turned on the heating pad, fell asleep and three hours later I was able to stand. This morning the same thing happened except I could stand 3/4 of the way up. Any idea as to what may be going on?
Debra Hamer


  • Hi Debbie,

    It seems that some folks don't get answers here, but I wanted to take the time to answer yours.

    I understand just how you feel. I can only share my experience. I have this happen often to me, but most recently, I had a flare like this that landed me in bed for a week and a half, as well as in the ER and into my doc's office for an emergency change in dose of my pain med to a higher dose, as well as prednisone.. I have sciatic and it can be EXTREMELY painful and I could NOT stand up straight when it happened. It started out gradually too.

    The acute part of my sciatica is gone, but I still have daily pain, on the same dosage of pain med so that I can do my exercise and stretches, some of which I still cannot do.

    You might want to contact your doctor and have an exam. I know it's so random sometimes, it can make you feel it's all in your head, but it's not!

    Good luck!
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,855
    edited 03/21/2013 - 7:33 AM
    I do not know if you have already looked at what LIz posted, but here are direct links to the topics you should be reading:

    Degenerative Disc Disease DDD is probably the most mis-understood spinal condition and at the same time, most communicated.

    Essentially, DDD is the aging of our spines. Everyone by the time they reach 30 will have shown sign of DDD. That can happen sooner, more advanced due to previous tramua, sugeries or genetic conditions.

    The good news is that almost all cases of DDD can be controlled. Normally under approved exercise programs and OTC NSAIDS, DDD can be managed.
    Only in the more server cases, is surgery an option.

    I would start be contacting your doctor and discuss this. From that point on, your doctor should be able to recommend the correct actions.
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    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • Hi. I had the same problem as yours but the spinal pain I felt was due to a sports injury. It's a long story but let me sum it all up. I went to a sports doctor and they offered me hydrotherapy. It uses water as a means of relieving pain, recovery from a sports injury or a rehabilitation after a surgery. I must admit that I was first skeptical with the effectiveness of the therapy but after a few sessions I felt the pain ebbing gradually.
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