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2nd surgery

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edited 08/27/2015 - 2:30 PM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I just had my 2nd discotemy 3 weeks ago and while going through excruciating pain (laying in the er several months ago) they tried to tell me I had Degenerative Disc Disease. It is possible as I damaged the vertebrae in the area in a car wreck as a teenager. However, having already been through this once, I knew what the pain was only this time it was much worse. Now, I'm on the mend again and while feeling better each day I'm feeling other pains and I don't know what it is. I've got a knot type sensation on my right side and I'm very stiff in my lower back where I was injured before, much worse if I lay for an extended period of time. Sometimes a shooting pain but mostly generalized. I think I'm feeling things that I didn't pay attention to before because the other pain as too great. It was from my hip to the bottom of my left foot. The first time I worked through it with pills, then surgery. This time I bucked the drugs as much as possible and went for surgery as soon as I could. Prior to surgery the first time I had PT,an injection, lots of prayers and lots of pills. Nothing worked. Even after my first surgery my back went out on me about three times. What does DDD feel like to you? From mild to severe...what helps/hurts it the most?

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  • is an aging back. I've dealt with lower back issues starting at 18 and I'm 77. No surgery for back here. For me it's a very stiff lower back, achy legs, OA knee and foot/ankle...all my issues are worse since hip replacement at 72....body all out of alignment with shorter leg outcome. I bend, do stretches and wear knee support and lower back support...you name I try it to work with this aging back. I've lost about 2" at this point. I don't think our bodies like surgery....mine has rebelled. I use a lot of stuff to keep going.
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
  • as far as my stretches, they keep me going and somewhat limber considering how stiff back is. When I feel up to it, I get on my recumbent bike....having this heatwave is harder to do that. Thanks.

    It was almost 2 yrs before I knew how much shorter the leg was. A podiatrist confirmed that for me. I suspected it but he confirmed it.
    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
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