Hello, I am in the United Kingdom and have had degenerative disc disease for about 15 years.y last MRI scan in 2006 stated I had DDD in the 3 lower lumbar vertebrae and one with a disc bulge and one with an annular tear. Over the years I had 4 steroid injections as a fast track to healing following herniations. I used to herniate quite frequently about 3 x a year. I was not a candidate for disc replacement as too many were affected. I declined a spinal fusion in 2010. I am now 50 but in daily trouble. I have had chronic low back pain...no nerve pain/sciatica since May 7th when I herniated last. I can't sit I can only stand or lie down. Codeine and NSAIDs only relieve 40% of the pain. I am a healthcare practitioner and continue to work full time but am scared the analgesics and or pain will effect my efficiency at work. I have read that I the USA there is now a stem cell/platelet treatment available that helps discs repair themselves. Does any forum member have any experience of this treatment? Also are there any UK/European members that know if this new treatment is available in Europe?