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Back pain in the army at age 19

greenefaytishaggreenefaytisha Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
im 19 years old with DDD and im active in the US Army. i went to see my doctors four months ago, they did MRIs and Xrays but they say i have minor DDD. i still have pain and on a bus ride, the pain increase to the point i hardly could walk. that was yesterday. I went to the doctor afterwards and ran some test, unfortunately my left leg did not react like my right leg. i can walk a little better now but im still in pain. What should i do?


  • interestingly, both my dad and brother were in the military and they were saying that military vehicle rides are enough to give someone hemmorhoids and back pain because they're like sitting on cement with no shocks. add gravel roads to the equation ... yikes! however, if you don't travel on military vehicles this is an entirely moot point. lol.

    if i have any advice is to see your doc again and see what he/she thinks would be the next best step for you to do next. you're too young to have chronic back issues, and hopefully you can nip it in the bud. the finding that you have minor DDD is a good thing. DDD is quite common, everyone gets it as they age, but obviously for some people it comes earlier in life and progresses more rapidly than it "normally" would. please take care of yourself.

    i am presuming that you are american, and even though i am canadian i'd like to say thank you for your commitment to helping to keep our countries (north america) free and safe. i salute you.
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