Hi, i was wondering if anybody could poss help me. i have just been diagnosed with DDD im 35.my history is Ive had back pain for approx 5 years & its progresivly got worse. gone from one big flare up a year, to two, to three, and so on.I was just treated with naproxen etc each time Untill it got to point i was unable to cope on a daily basis. The pain is unbearable on a daily basis & i have a flare up a couple of times a week where i feels like a nerve has gone into spasam. i feel sick with the pain & cant begin to describe it.Im takig naproxen, the strong 30g codine & amitriptyline. It really effect me so much im now becoming depressed with it as ive always bee so active now i hardley bend to the oven/washer etc.I cant even pick up my youngest child, or sit on sofa as a family. or wash the kids hair the list is endless, so i wont bore you. It is effecting me terrible i stuggle to anything and its affecting mine, my husband & childrens life so much. I have just been told i have DDD. But the lady said it hasnt showed as bad n the mri as she was expecting. She says mri showed minor ddd in very bottom discs but didnt say whic ones. & i wasnt allowed to see the pictures. she was shocked as when she examined me she thought i would show as very bad & need surgery. I am now waiting to see a consultant, who the nurse thinks will sugest the spinal injections. I dont realy want these as it just masks the problem, i want to be fixed for good. The 1st nurse i seen said bad backs can be brought on by having children & epidurals & ive had 4 epidurals already so just dont see how this will help. I feel different pain some from my spine & some from the nerve. I been told i have no movement in my lower spine, & i have reduced sensation/numbness in my leg. Im totally fed up. Can i fight to have the surgery ?? as lots of the info on here says they take into account your examination as well as your mri results. Cany anyone help ??