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Newly Diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease and Sciatica

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi everyone,

I was just diagnosed with DDD and Sciatica on 12/24/2008. I have had back pain for about 12 years but it has gotten progressively worse over the last year and a half. I finally found a great primary care doctor and a rather good pain clinic. I haven’t had much insight in what to expect from the disease so I am hoping I can get some input from some members on this site as to their experiences with DDD and Sciatica. Has anyone tried physical therapy and has it helped? Right now I am taking Norco 10/325, Mobic and finally 2 Amirix at night to help with the pain. This combination is working rather well right now but I’d like to know what others are taking for the pain or how others are dealing with their pain. Any input is greatly appreciated and I should be finding out more at my next appointment on 2/10/2009.



  • Hi,

    I also have DDD of the lumbar spine, at several levels (just learned that it has spread on my last MRI).

    I generally tend to stay away from medication because I have anxiety issues with it but Im also really sensitive to it. I chop my vicodin up into little pieces and it still knocks me completely out.

    I started physical therapy about a month ago for "posture training". The therapist noticed that my pelvis is pretty uneven so she has been doing stretches to try and straighten it out. The stretches do help but only for about an hour or two..so far the therapy hasn't touched the pain.

    I have been looking into water therapy though...it seems promising. Being able to do more without the stress on the body.

    Hope you find something that proves beneficial to you soon.

  • Hi, I have mild to moderate DDD in the cervical and thoracic spine along with disc bulges. The worst case is in the lumbar spine where I have severe DDD and chronic degenerative endplate changes in L4-S1. I had disc herniations at those levels, retrolisthesis, and nerve impingements. Last year I went through PT, epidural injections, and took meds. I had surgery to take pressure off the nerves, but was left with chronic back pain and sciatica. 7 months ago I had my fusion and nerve decompression on the same levels again. PT was unsuccessful post op and I continued to have problems. I have found that cold weather tends to aggravate back and nerve pain. Heat and ice is helpful for this, along with stretching, using a tens unit, laying down resting, and walking if you can. I also go to a pain specialist for these problems and follow up with my surgeon when necessary. There is great info about DDD under the "Conditions" tab on Spine Health.
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  • Hi,
    I also have multi-level DDD and disc herniation (L3-S1) which I have been dealing with for 7 years (after diagnosis @ 25 yrs old). Until this past September I was dealing with the pain conservatively - PT, hot & cold packs, anti-inflammatories (naproxen), narcotics (percocet) and aqua therapy. I would have to say aqua therapy - i.e. doing exercises in the water (pool) and hot tub were the best options for me. I ended up going through a microdiscectomy in October due to symptoms of cauda equina so if you have severe pain or worst - bathroom issues, you may want to consider surgery (of course as a last resort). Post surgery the pain from the sciatica is a lot better - I'm still dealing with some occasional symptoms of numbness and tingling but not as severe as pre surgery. I am also continuing with the aqua therapy to strengthen my back muscles (it's less pressure on the body). Take care and hope you find relief.
  • :)hi! it is good to have you posting :H i have DDD and sciatic for well over 40 years, needless to say i have tried many combinations of medications and treatments to help with the pain. i am in a good treatment plan right now. =D> time released morphine has helped alot with the back pain. i am on 300mg of Lyrica for the sciatica. it is working well and i am using it in spite of a weight gain. walking is a big part of each day as well as stretching. sometimes i add swimming or even biking on a really good day. :D part of each day is spent in bedrest and some of these days blend into others. I) good luck as you search for your treatment plan. don't be afraid to try any and all treatments your doctor deems safe. from meds to exercise to injections, find what works best for you!! Jenny :)
  • I also have DDD and disc prolapses at multiple levels. I had a microdiscectomy in Nov 08 on L4/5, which has has greatly helped with the sciatica I had in this region. Since my operation, I have found that physiotherapy really assists me to help manage my pain levels.
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