I've lurked on these boards in the past, mainly when I was first diagnosed as having some DDD after some chronic lower back pain. Mainly my focus has been on this aspect, although I have had bad neck issues in the past. It intermittently goes out and will just wake up one morning and can barely turn my head in any direction. These neck flareups seem to have resulted from some past accidents which at the times they occurred, had a minor case of whiplash, but each time just let them go away on their own. However with each one, even after the flare ups subside, I never have really gotten rid of 100% of the pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. When I think about it, it pretty much has been a nagging issue for years now. I've just been too focused on the mess with my lower back to pay much attention to it.
That was until early last week when I awoke one morning with it flared up again, and more so than it has been in the last 4-5 years. After several visits to the chiropractor things have settled back down some, but again not completely, nor do I think it ever will any longer.
Has anyone had DDD effect both lumbar and cervical areas?
I contacted my doctor (Kaiser) who has sort of given up on options for my back issues, or at least given up on what she is willing to do. I am on Gabapentin for nerve pain and sensations in lower back and legs and was taking 10/325 hydrocodone for breakthrough pain, however earlier this year my doctor revoked my hydrocodone pain contract stating Kaiser was cutting back on using it as a long-term pain management solution. I've managed fine for the most part, but still have had some bad flareups here and there. I have a specialist at Kaiser who diagnosed my DDD 5 years ago, and requested a referral to see her again which I got, however they will only look at the DDD in my lower back again as a follow-up from the original diagnosis, they even want to do a new MRI. When I expressed my neck was having a lot of issues as well , I am told I have to go see my regular doctor for that, who would then have to determine if a referral for the neck would be needed as a separate appt. Ugh! The efficiency of Kaiser!
Just wondering if my entire back problems from neck to rear can be partially attributed to DDD. Bad joints and other bone ailments somewhat plague my mom's side of the family. Hip and knee replacements galore, scoliosis for the kids, and osteoporosis for the women.