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Cervical DDD in early 20s

Hi all!

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.


  • Hello,

    sorry to bring up an old post but I am also 23 and think I may have DDD in my cervical spine. I was wondering how you are doing? In extremely scared - thanks for any help you can bring.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    The original poster has not been on the forum since 2014, I will close the discussion as they will not respond.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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