I have been officially diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease. I started to have symptoms after picking a large tote and the pain seemed to get worse, and progressed to an unbearable state. I went to see a sports medicine doctor which did not take me seriously. Then in turn I went to see a chiropractor just grasping at straws. The chiropractor told me that he would not be able to do anything for me in the state that I am in now. He told me that I needed to go to the hospital right away. They gave me pain killers and steroids to help try to get my pain under control. After all of the poking a prodding I sought out an orthopedic doctor which prescribed me an MRI along with (3) epidural spinal block treatments every two weeks. My orthopedic doctor told me that if I am not feeling much better by the end of the week after the second treatment was administered then I would have to make an appointment to see him back for possible surgery. I had my MRI read and it shows that I have DDD in my L4 & L5 and was described to me as if someone has squashed my jelly donut. There are also signs of bone swelling just above my L4. My orthopedic surgeon has not yet to see the MRI but has reviewed the report. I am hoping that there is someone that is familiar with what I am going through and could help me with what I should expect when I see my orthopedic doctor next week. I have so much pain that I seem not to get rid of and I am not sure what to do. I can't live this way! I have two children that I home school. What are my options?