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DDD self resolve?

CjlCCjl Posts: 6
edited 07/15/2014 - 7:51 AM in Lower Back Pain
I have been getting worsening symptoms from DDD over last 18 months. I'm 59 with a history of acute back episodes which have lead to a chronic condition. Very limited activity a lot of the time, feeling unstable constantly. Flares brought on by slightest movement. Pain manageable with rest and medication. One specialist says it will lead to lumbar fusion, 2 others say that it may not. Who do I believe? Should I hold out for the DDD instability self resolving (as discs are supposed to finally collapse and then produce less pain)? Or do I press for treatment to get some quality of life back? All conservative care options have been tried (ESIs, physios, acupuncture, etc.) I'm fit and was going to use the summer to do daily exercise but a flare on almost weekly basis limits my movement. Immediate future looks unpromising but if someone told me it will get better in a couple of years I could handle it better. If anybody has been in a similar situation and found an answer I'd appreciate any ideas.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    edited 07/15/2014 - 8:40 AM
    is the most misunderstood of all spinal alignments. Cant help it, with the words Degenerative and Disease in there.
    But in reality, DDD is the aging of our spines. As we get older, DDD will start to show. Almost everyone by the time they reach 30 will show some signs of DDD.

    Fortunately, DDD is totally manageable through approved exercised programs and OTC NSAIDS. The more severe cases of DDD may require surgery. I have never heard of DDD fixing itself, but I dont know. Can it lead to other spinal surgeries? Again, I don't know. I've never read about DDD in those terms.

    Take a loot at this formal Spine-Health medical article Degenerative Disc Disease
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • CjlCCjl Posts: 6
    edited 07/15/2014 - 9:41 AM
    I've read loads about this but still very unclear about how to proceed. Do we accept a very diminished quality of life or push for something else? SED treatment looks good. But maybe my feeling of instability indictes something else. The doctors can't tell me though.
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