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Hi all,

31year old male. Spine of a 70 year old. Always been healthy. Eat well. Exercise. Turns out I pushed myself too much. Especially after injuries. Finding out I have a degenerative disorder at this age is depressing. I am awake at 2am following ESI in C7. Obviously steroids keeping me awake. But also anxious about moving incorrectly in sleep.

ESI was more painful than anticipated. I generally would say I have a high threshold for pain. In fact I prefer pain to this numbness! Pregabalin and amitriptyline not helping yet for nerve pain. 

I stopped drinking two weeks ago. I was by no means an alcoholic, but decided with injuries, before this I tore my supraspinatus, I would rest from exercise and therefore would not want the caloric intake of alcohol. Really feel like a drink now, despite the interaction with meds, just to get some sleep. However I know better. 

I find lying down and getting up again difficult to support my neck.

Thanks for reading.



  • I wish doctors would be more helpful when it comes to pain! All they do is throw drugs at us!

    Have you gone back to doc about the pain etc? Have you read up about the meds you are taking? I hope you find relief soon my friend.

  • Hi, I am a 21 year old with neck problems. I haven't been on here in a few days as I've been busy and I always keep an eye out for the ones who were once active and no longer are due to injury as I've experienced this for more than a year. Even if I can add any sort of comment, I believe that it helps people know they are not alone (even if they are young). Of course I'm not in horrible pain right now but I am not perfect either. What helps me more than anything is determination. This in combination with knowing what's wrong with you and what can help to fix it makes a difference. As for the depression part, I never really knew what depression really was until I had this injury for more than 3 months. The thoughts of how I used to go to the gym and I used to do this or that without pain do get the best of me once in a while and I lose the determination. I've come to accept that I need to see a spine specialist soon and possibly get a cortisone shot or something because I still get bad days but when I get good days, it is because of determination to get better, even if it's little by little every day.

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,357

    hello notachemist
    welcome to spine-health

    congratulations on not drinking!! as you stated, i now know better. you will find that most people, young and old, have ddd. it's a natural process in the spine. below is a link to  very good article, one out of many in ur vast library.

    all about degenerative disc disease 

    please click on the welcome link below and the tutorial to get you started on the forum.
    welcome to spine health

    please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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  • Hi nota

    IM on 150mg pregabs and have tried drinking due to missing my 40 pint a week habbit it aint worth it! I had a massive reflux whilst asleep and inhaled the reflux which is not the best feeling in the world.i hope you get some pain releif sorted out happy weekend regards chris

  • Hi all,

    Thank you so much for your words. Talking helps. Reading your comments has helped too.

    The article on DDD really helped me to get to grips with what I thought was early onset. 

    It's been three days since my esi and  all I can say is I feel worse. More numbness. Now in head and face. And more pain.

    I have started CBT and will begin physio next week. Walking has helped. I'm on a lot of fish oil for the osteoarthritis. Thinking about using palmitoylethanolamide. Really want to get off the pregabalin and definitely not going down the opioid route. Really want to get back into weight lifting again soon.

    Thanks again all. You're great!

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  • notachemist:

    Good for you for all the things you are doing to help yourself!  It's frustrating and disappointing to deal with severe pain, especially at your young age.

    CBT is great, but not a quick fix...hope you'll stay with it.  I would think carefully before resuming the weight lifting.

  • Hi all,

    Just thought I'd give an update. It's 2am and I've just woken up because feeling has returned to my fingers! Not quite 100%, but a lot better! The pain however has increased exponentially. I am sitting at probably an 8 now. I always said I'd prefer pain to numbness... Now my body is testing that.

    I think my breakthrough has come from my stretches, chiropractic care (something I never believed in),  CBT and chardiocardiov exercise.

    I may try P.E.A. for the pain- I speak to a lot of people on this stuff who swear by it! I have seen so many people in my position start on opioids and that was the end of it. So I will resist them with whatever patience I have left.

    I guess what I'm trying to say with a sleep deprived brain is. There is a light some days. Grasp those little moments. I am very excited. Even though I realise the highs will be followed by the lows I will try my best to always get excited by them.

    Thank you all

  • Shortly after this post I lost the use of my tricep. This was the lowest I have been. Struggling a bit with the pain at the moment. But I can't stand the idea of never being able to work out like I used to.

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