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multilevel DDD

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:31 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
Hi i have multilevel DDD and bulging disk at every level and herneated disk and spurs and putrusions.Does any body have advice wht to do when thes doc wont do a thing but tell u to live with the constent pain abd that u only have 2 good disk left in ur back


  • I have DDD as well, confirmed on cervical MRI and presumed in my lumbar spine.

    You didn't say if you've had physical therapy and whether it helped or what other treatments you've already tried. Exercise is very helpful to supporting your spine properly but you would need evaluation by a therapist to advise what exercises would be appropriate for your condition.

    I know firsthand what it is like to have a doctor who won't offer any help and says to just do your exercises for the rest of your life. You have to be your own advocate, especially since it is your body and you know better than anyone else when there is something serious going on. I changed family doctors after the one I'd been seeing gave me that little speech and wouldn't even offer me any help with the pain. It turned out I had a herniation at C6-7 with nerve root entrapment and two months later, after conservative treatments failed, I was in surgery. That was six weeks ago and I'm feeling very good except for occasional twinges of new nerve pain (different location) and a case of rotator cuff tendonitis on the opposite side, lol. Ah, the joys of getting older (61).

    It may be time for you to get a second opinion and find out what options there are for you.

    Best wishes! :)

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
  • i had therapy the doc laughed and said it wolud not help i have that heriation on my nerves i have seen 3 dang doc they say if iy dont go down the leg they wont cut i am wearing a tens machine all the dang time due to pain i have tried every thing nothing is working
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