Hello, My DH has been suffering for almost 3 years with DDD and arthritis, he has DDD in multiple levels of his low back and fusion/surgery is not an option for him. they also claim he has arthritis as well. He has been thru therapy, epidurals, injections, pain meds, muscle therapist and he is still getting no relief. He is only 37 years old and I'm so scared if we don't get a handle on this it will cripple him!
I'm wondering if his pain could be coming more from arthritis instead of the DDD. Has anyone found that med's or treatment for arthritis has helped more than treatment for DDD? I'm concerned with the amount of pain meds he is on, he is on Percocet and up to 5 a day b/c of the pain. I'm worried that if he doesn't get relief he may be unable to work and concerned with what this could do to his body long term.
Another question is, is there a hospital/clinic that specilizes in cronic back pain & conditions that maybe we should try and check out? I'm grasping at straws here.
Thanks for any help or input.