I was finally just diagnosed with cervical DDD (C4-C7) after 6-7 months of thinking it was only temporary whiplash from a car accident. The pain in my neck is constantly between a 3 and 7, and I've explored a lot of conservative treatment options (chiropractor, massage therapy, trigger point injections, etc). I'm going to speak with at least one more surgeon to see if surgery makes sense at this point, but I'm concerned that this will start a trend of needing more and more surgeries in my future (I'm 23). Does anyone have any experience with managing DDD around this age? I know I don't qualify as "juvenile" but the idea of having to get epidural injections every few months for... 60-70 years or surgeries every so often seems significant. I've explored all of the articles on this site, but I'm looking for more information (or peers!) regarding having painful DDD in your early 20s.