I'm a 36-year-old female with lower back pain for at least 6 years. No injury to my back.
I had x-rays two years ago that showed a loss of disk height in the lumbar spine (sorry, I don't have the specific sites). The doctor also mentioned some spurring.
I had a complete arthritis workup done recently with a rheumatologist because I want answers about my back, and chronic pain to my right wrist and both knees since I was a teenager. He said the blood tests were normal, and the only problem that showed up on the x-rays was loss of disk height, which he called "degenerative disks". He also said there was no spurring, so apparently the first doctor was mistaken. So I got no explanation for my wrist or knees. He diagnosed me with Unclassified Polyarthritis, which pretty much tells me nothing.
I'm here in this forum because apparently I have DDD. But my symptoms don't seem to be the same as what I am reading in these forums. One of the main symptoms with DDD is a major increase in pain when sitting. This is definitely not the case with me. If I sit for a long time, I have pain and MAJOR stiffness to my lower back when I first stand up. When I stand for a long time, I have pain and MAJOR stiffness when I first sit down. I have some pain pretty much all the time at the base of my spine no matter what I am doing. Every so often I'll get sciatic-type pain shooting down my right buttock.
I was taking Mobic for a while, tried Lodine but it didn't work for me, and now I'm on Celebrex. If the Celebrex doesn't do better than the Mobic, I may have to ask for some type of pain med such as Ultram for the really bad days.
Anyway, my reason for posting here is - do these symptoms sound like something any of you have experienced? Or do I need to look for some other explanation for what is happening with my back (and other joints)? I'm really frustrated with this. I went to the rheumatologist to get answers and I left knowing the same thing I knew when I walked in - nothing!
Sorry this was so long and thanks for any info!