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Active Dad with Recent DDD diagnoses.

I'm 36 and I've recently been diagnosed with DDD. I've always been active and I have a 12y/o son and 2y/o daughter. My pain is 3-4 at times and I'm most relieved while I'm moving around. Sitting and bending seem to exacerbate my pain. Before I hurt my back on May 7th, 2013 I worked out, played ball, and jogged, but now that has all come to an end. I have good days and bad days as I adjust to my new life of less intense and non-competitive activities, which drives me crazy. I'm just wondering if there is anyone else that has gone through a similar situation and if there is, how are you coping/adjusting.

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  • Who gave you this diagnosis and what did he/she say? DDD is very common and that alone shouldn't alter your life style. You should still be able to do all the things you love. I suggest a good spine specialist to be sure it is only DDD and possibly a good PT. Hope your pain improves.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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  • in the world's population will , at some point have a finding of DDD on MRI. Most of them people with no back pain whatsoever. Dengenerative Disc Disease is a huge misnomer that leaves people feeling as if there is some major degenerative process overtaking their entire spines. All it means is that is as we age, our discs contain less water in them. It is a NATURAL, aging process for the majority of the world's human beings.
    Unless there is some other finding on MRI or CT scan that shows another problem, DDD simply means that the discs are not as hydrated as they were when you were younger.
    Anti inflammatory meds might help that you can get over the counter, to ease the aches and pains that come with anyone as we age.
  • Hi johnny. I am a 46 year old female who, about 2 years ago, began suffering numbness and tingling in my arms. I have a desk job and poor posture, plus at the time had a lower back injury (spinal fusion 6 weeks ago, total succdss, yay!)
    I took a month vacation and found it improved once I wasnt sitting at a desk 8 hrs a day. However, a few months later it started again. I went to a neurologist who ordeded a cervical MRI. When I returned for follow up, he asked me what contact sports I'd played as a kid. My reply: swimming and reading! He said I havethe spine of a hard-living man in his sixties. DDD and multiple bone spurs at multiple levels throughout the C spine. My lumbar spine was shot. The only part of me that was still healthy was the thoracic spjne. As part of my prep for the lumbar fusion, I saw a physiotherapist who indicated the best course of action would be to mobilize the thoracic spine to take the pressure off both the cervical and lumbar areas. Before my fusion, I saw him 3 times, and I have to say I noticed a significant difference. Less and sometimes no numbness and tingling, and definitely felt less stiff and creaky.
    Things may flare up in the future, and if conservative methods and meds dont contain it it will mean another fusion, this one of 3 or 4 levels. But with basic caution and regular physio, massage and exercise it may get me through.
    Best of luck, and take care.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    DDD (Degenerative DIsc Disease is such a common problem with our spines. Almost everyone will show some signs of DDD by they time they are 30. Some come on earlier, or more advanced due to Trauma, Genetics, Surgery.

    This of DDD the same way you think about your hair turning gray. Its going to happen! Best thing, is that only a very few DDD cases require any aggressive action. Most can be managed through an approved exercise program and OTC NSAIDS. The use of narcotic pain medications is rarely used.

    To learn more about DDD, read: Degenerative Disc Disease

    A comment made by Allmetal.. Who did actually identify your situation about DDD? What disc levels were they talking about?

    All these questions. Yes, please read our FAQ and Forum Rules. You can see what kind of information we really want in order to properly respond to your questions. Without any details, its impossible. So, the more you can give us, I am sure the more we can give you

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • crylittlesisterccrylittlesister Posts: 3
    edited 11/19/2013 - 5:05 PM
    I'm 30 and have been recently diagnosed with DDD as well (Also Degenerative Facet Disease, three bulging discs (two with tears) disc desiccation in my lumbar spine and reversed kyphosis in my cervical) I have three kids, 11, 2, and 10 months, so I understand entirely.

    Currently I'm healing from my first round of Radio Frequency Ablation all on my left side (L3, L4, L5, S1) and will have the next round done on Thursday for my right side. My word of advice is to stay active! Unfortunately my back problems are hereditary so I've watched family members and the mistakes they have made regarding their backs. It's once you give up and just start sitting still is when things get really really bad. Watch your diet. Work on strengthening your core and back muscles. Look into physical therapy.

    Stay positive despite the pain.
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