For those of you who have been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease, this information may be helpful to you.
I personally have degenerative L3 & 4 discs. Several years ago they started bugling rather badly and I ended up having surgery to have them "shaved down" to geh the pressure off of the sciatic nerve and relieve the pain. The surgery worked in the short term, but a year later I fond myself in the same position again. The discs were bulging and causing extreme discomfort.
At this point I knew surgery was not an option, as it only fixed the symptom and did not cure the problem. Anyone who has degenerating discs has to find a way to keep their spine stretched and spacing in those lower discs to keep them from bulging, etc.
From personal experience one of the best things I have done for my back is inversion therapy. It stretches the spine, taking the pressure off of the discs in the vertebrae. It also helps straighten the spine which is critical to good health in itself.
Try an inversion table or some type of spinal decompression therapy. It will really reap benefits for your spine and lower back.
Have a great day!
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