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I recently had a stupid moment and thought I could do the work of any man and was at a job for 6 months throughing 80 lb pallets 7 feet high, I am female 5'6 and 130 lbs and very hard headed was told I couldnt due that kind of work and wouldnt last a week well I lasted 6 months and now in some for real pain I had an MRI and it says C3:4 Mild degenerative disc disease with slight bulge, There is no significant spurring or mass effect. what does that mean? and what kind of treatments is there to correct it? and Yea I for real learned a lesson my back is a very important part of my body and I swear to never let my stubborn self prove a point that puts my body at risk.
Tammy Hopkins


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  • As I was reading about the degenerative disc disease information, it keeps saying lower back mine is not in the lower back, is that uncommon?
    Tammy Hopkins
  • ex-gymnasteex-gymnast Posts: 111
    edited 05/08/2013 - 12:28 PM
    Hi there- I just joined yesterday and am finding myself spending hours on this site looking for answers and help and support. Disc degeneration is just that...the disc is degenerating (happens to almost everyone and gets worse with age and trauma).It can happen anywhere along the length of the spine, including the neck. If the disc is bulging then do some research (good explanations on this site) of what that looks like. There are lots of treatments from meds to injections, to surgery. You need to see a doctor to ask what is best for you. If you're having chronic pain, I would highly recommend finding a pain management doctor. good luck!
    Severe DDD in S1-T12. 5 disc herniations. 5 compression fractures. Had a 2 level lumbar fusion/decompression on June 12, 2013. L4-5 foraminotomy on Jan 8, 2014, Right SI fusion in Oct 2014. Scheduled for L4-5 fusion to existing fusion on Sept 28, 2015
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