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i am 22 years old and found i have degerative disc disease about 2 days ago. the pain was in my lower back but has now progressed to my shoulders and neck. i am expreincing numbness in my neck .. the back and top of my head and my ears. im not sure if this is normal or not but the pain is so severe i am in tears multiple times through out the day. i have two children two and under and i cant take care of them ... will this pain last forever. also my pain doubles whenever i lay down and try to rest its like my back is tearing in two please let me know if this is normal


  • Hello, how did you find out you have DDD, was testing done? If so what kind?

    Is it normal? Well heck no it's not "normal" but that does not mean its uncommon.

    Personally my problems are in the lumbar, but there are plenty of posts that relate more to upper back/ neck issues. Check those out.

    Also elaborate what kind of doctors you have seen, tests, results, ect. People will be able to help more with more info.

    Hopefully its a minor issue for you that can be fixed conservatively. Any way you go this site is great for info and support.

    Good Luck!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
  • all ive had done so far is an xray.. i dont have medical insurance so i cant have anything else done unless i go to the emergency room . the dr said i needed to have an mri done asap but i have no way. thanks for your help . hope i can figure it out lol
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