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Degenerate disc disease

Hi Guys

I'm new here. I was recently diagnosed with DDD by a government hospital. I have had my pains in the upper section for about 6 years and for the last 2 years it's generated right down to my legs and caused sciatica. I'm 35 and I've had most scans you can think of in 2015, but because i was so young they didn't want to operate and just tried all kinds of other methods like physio pain meds ext. Most of the pain meds was over the counter meds. I have not once woken up in the last 6 years without excruciating pain in my back and 2 weeks ago i went for another MRI and got an appointment for a neurosurgeon. I am scared and don't know what to expect. My fiance dont want me to do surgery, but after struggling for so long how can i say No. I really need advise. I have being going to gym 4 days a week, co'z they said exercise  helps, but it just keeps getting worst. What can i expect from the neurosurgeon? 



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,353

    hello lettie36
    welcome to spine-health

    i am so sorry you are having to deal with this. i too have ddd so i know how painful it can be. if you have to make a decision about surgery, that should be between you and your surgeon. do what's best for you, you are the one that has to deal with pain, no one else. below are some articles i would like for you to read. it will help you understand ddd better. there is also a link that will help you ask your surgeon the right questions.

    40 questions to ask your surgeon
    what you need to know about degenerative disc disease 

    there is a lot of information above so make yourself some notes before going to the doctor .
    please click on the welcome link below and the tutorial to help you get started on the forum.
    welcome to spine health

    take care and keep us posted on what you find out.

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    Please read my  Medical History
  • Hi lettie36

    Welcome to Spine-health

    It is normal to be concerned about the unknown, but this site has so much information for new members that will help you understand your condition more and chat to other people that understand severe pain.

    @Memerainbolt has supplied some of that information, so just let us know if there is anything you can't find on the site.

    Take care




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