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Please advise how serious is my Condition of Lower Back Pain


I have back pain since 2011. I did an MRI back in 2013 and there werent major signs at that time with all discs strong but pain didnt go. I did MRI last week and now the situation is L4-L5 disc is dark in MRI Scan. and doctor is saying you have DDD. I just want to know how svere is my situation at the moment and what preventaion and measure shuold i start now. I am 3o years old. Attached is image of MRI scan, awaiting your input


  • The more I read online about DDD the more common it seems to be and that most people by 30 would have it. In so far as how serious it is I guess thats probably only something your doctor can tell you.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,893
    Degenerative Disc Disease is so very common.  It is still the most mis-understood of spinal aliments.  Just the name itself (Degenerative and Disease) make it sound so bad.    By the time people reach 25 they stat to show some signs of DDD and by 30 its almost always present.

    DDD can be managed by approved exercise programs and over the counter NSAIDs.  Only the most severe cases of DDD will require surgery.

    Read more about this at  Degenerative Disc Disease
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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