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Disk question

wally2wwally2 Posts: 75
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Question; My spine specialist advised my disk was separated and would heal over time, alot of time, and stated the disk had plenty of thickness and he wouldn't think of surgery. He did mention I now had DDD but wasn't too concerned and said I would eventually be able to resume normal activities within reason.

Has anyone had a separated disk? or is this actually a torn disk?

I am currently feeling stronger and am back to work full time with little pain. I have had alot of stiffness in my upper back and think it's due to not being able to twist or work out the upper back. I'm nervous and unsure if the disk will really heal as I hear it's very hard to heal, especially if it's torn.


  • and follow his instructions. If you are not sure that you trust what he is saying maybe you should get a second opinion. Good luck and do keep us posted.
  • Wally, from all the literature I've read (and through my own experiences) discs don't really "heal" (at least not in the traditional sense). The literature describes the fact that there is no blood flow to the discs themselves (sorta like cartalage), and blood/oxygen are what allow other organs/muscles to heal over time. I hate to say it, but while discs are resiliant, and your body will learn to compensate for the loss of motion/etc, the disc itself never really returns to 100%. That's not to say it will "degenerate" further, or even become symptomatic again, but anatomy is anatomy. If anyone out there is wiser than myself, or if I'm incorrect, please chime in.... ;)
  • I'll go along with that in a nutshell. I've seen it here before; DDD is a catch all phrase. Nothing has ever come back 100% especially for me. I've gotten better at times until; I went down hill 3yrs later. TRUST is very important with a doctor.Good luck Wally and do as the Doctor says.
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