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Diagnosed with L5 DDD. Only 27. Feeling like I'm in over my head and have questions.

Noconnor24NNoconnor24 Posts: 1
edited 12/12/2015 - 4:57 PM in Lower Back Pain
Last week I was out of work friday-monday due to being bedridden by horibble lower back pain. I've seen my doctor about it before and this time around he diagnosed it as DDD.
Obviously something happened in my past that is catching up to me or my life working in offices, playing many many hours of video games have started taking their toll.. Or all of the above.
Right now my back feels fine, albeit with a little bit of stiffness, but nothing that prevents me from walking comfortably or doing my stretches.

My problem is that this whole situation has mad me horribly depressed because I feel like my life decisions have been made up for me, relationships won't be easy to form , and I'll be stuck inside for the rest of my life due to the fear of one false movement further aggravating things. Not to mention I love playing basketball and feel like my passion has been taken from me.

I would like any and all insight, experiences you all have so I can learn and apply to my daily routines. But I also have a few questions:

Would it be best to try and due a fusion now due to my young age and maybe having an easier time recovering?
If i do get a fusion , what should I expect in terms of what I can and can't due? Will I lose out and a lot of movement and become an expert at the Robot?

What types of chairs can I use, if any? Currently my work has been very accommodating and have raised my desk so I can stand all day (now I just am getting tired legs more than a hurt back haha) but I've been looking in to other types of chairs for when I do want to have a sit down.

Should I be sleeping on the floor? I've placed a few blankets down on my floor and have been sleeping there the past week. I've lost out on a bunch of hours of deep sleep but I feel like it helps.

I do my stretches twice a day (when I wake up and before bed), I have dogs to walk, can use a treadmill to stay active but that's about it so far.
What other core strengthening exercises can I do? Currently got the camel/cat thing, tail wag, leg lifts, and I've noticed I can do planks comfortably.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Whoa, slow down. Your doctor should have the attitude of "I treat the patient, not the MRI, X-ray or whatever"
    If you are currently feeling "fine", then let it be. But, take care of future you by watching what you do to avoid flare ups. Yes, you have permanent damage that the body won't be able to heal, but take steps to improve your strength, endurance, and how you move to avoid aggravating that area.
  • StinkfistSStinkfist Posts: 24
    edited 12/13/2015 - 8:19 AM
    I def think you are getting ahead of yourself with the fusion talk there are tons more things you can do first DDD def does not lead straight to surgery.

    Medication or Physical therapy are the first steps, you are at the beginning, and it is good to know early so you can correct and prevent further problems, such as herniations and bone spurs
  • I feel like I have lost my passions as well. Everything that doesnt invlolve laying in bed leads to pain. I am in my early 20's and had surgery on L5 after conservative treatments were not helpful. Being young and fit (before back issues), doctors believed I would bounce back quickly but I am still waiting for healing.
    If the pain is not constant and you can control it with conservative methods, I would suggest hold off on surgery as a last resort.
    I totally get your statement of living in fear of further aggravating it. Every move I make, is with caution, and now programmed to have proper posture.
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