I'm a 39 year old male that has been diagnosed with DDD at the L5/S1 level along with a 3mm disc bulge with an annular tear. I was hoping to get some support and advice from this forum. I have suffered from lower back pain for close to six years now. I loved living an active lifestyle and being fit. Over the years this has reduced to the point where I am not able to do any of the things that I enjoyed and it has lead to depression, which I am sure a lot of people out there can appreciate.
I tried conservative treatments over the years and none of it has made a difference. It has helped with the pain sometimes, however only temporarily. I'm looking for a more permanent solution rather than just pain management so that I can return to the life I used to have.
I live in the US part time and there they were a little to eager to fuse my spine. I decided to come home to Australia for another perspective. The approach here is against surgery, but doesn't really offer any comparable solutions. I've been told from a neurosurgeon here that apart from pain management that there isn't much I can do and that I have to accept I cannot return to my previous life of being fit and active. At 39 years of age that it a very daunting prospect.
I've been in talks with doctors about ADR in Germany and was wondering what other people's experiences were. I am getting to the point where I have had to stop work and life is looking rather bleak. I've been unemployed now for almost a year.
If anyone out there can offer any advice or support... it would truly be a godsend.
Also, I just discovered RegenaDisc... Does anyone out there have any experience with this?? Or other stem cell treatments?
To keep all responses together I have closed this introduction and posting a link to member's thread already responded tohttp://www.spine-health.com/forum/treatment/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/adr-surgery
Liz ....Spine-health moderator