I have been diagnosed with DDD since Jan 2011. I also had two disc prolapses L4-L5. For 5 months I was in chronic pain and limited mobility. This past year I listened to the doctors and walked,swam and done pilates. My back has improved greatly. However, I would still get the odd twinge everyday, sitting and walking can be painful. Sometimes I experience pain for all or parts of days. I also experience sciatica down left leg til ankle and it sometimes goes down my right leg.
I attended the hospital today for a check-up. He said I've come through the severe pain stage and things have eased off. He did mention surgery to remove disc, if pain worsens down legs and if I experience numbness. I have to go back in 6 months.
What do you guys think. I'm 29, married and currently husband and I are trying for a baby. I really want to avoid surgery. The surgeon said that my condition is a chronic one even though pain not as bad as it was. He also said the disc is very large.