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Is my pain from degenerative disc disease

i have been battling with this for over 14 years and tried almost everything. My lower back muscles are always tense and tend to go into extremely painful spasms several times a year. When this happens I walk crucked if I can walk at all until the pain reduces. I have pain mostly on my left side but changes at will and can radiate down either leg. I have finally been diagnosed with degenerative disc desease. Are these common Simptoms as I’m trying to figure out this is the route of my pain. What simptoms do you have?

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  • I have read the simptoms but I was looking for Personal feedback. Thanks for the reply

  • Was the DX of degenerative disc disease threw having xray or MRIs?. Sounds like but I am not a doctor  there is some nerve impingement going on if your having leg pains too. If you havent had a MRI I'd suggest you go back to your doctor and request one. MRIs will give more detail then a plain xray

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  • I was experiencing the same pains, went in had mri, diagnosed with severe degenerative disk disease with several nerve infringements now have had c3-c7 cervical postierier fusion awaiting lumbar fusion.  If pain is that bad you jsut need to get your answers from the doc and try to cut off any more damage.  You wouldn’t want to be paralyzed.  Waiting is not your friend.   Good luck to you. 

  • I had an mri in 2013 but the doctors at that time told me to live with it. My condition worsened since then and had an mri this year that showed no significant change but my condition is definitely not Improving . This time the surgeon has suggested a possible double disc replacement surgery. I’m going for a discogram on Wednesday to see if this is the cause of my pain. My big concern is that this is the first time anyone has pointed at the disc as the cause of my pain. The diagnosis have always been acute back strain. I’ve had nerve blocks, Physio   ,chiropractors , prolotherapy etc. Just never improved. Unsure why all the other doctors just want to pin it on muscle strain. 

  • I'm glad to see you found a doctor that willing to go one step farther to get to the bottom of your pain issues. Seem you have about tried everything.  Keep us posted how things turn out 


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  • So it’s been a while as you all know how slow this process is. I had a discogram and found only slight relief with the back pain.  This procedure actually put more doubt in my mind. As the day progressed my back pain started to really intensify and only started to reduce the following evening. I went to see a pain management doctor and said he believes I’m in the right  hands with the surgeon. My back now feels quite a bit better but I have noticed greatly increased hip pain and numbing in my left leg. Sort of feels like sciatica I guess. Just visited the surgeon yesterday and was told that unfortunately that’s the best test we have  .as I described what I was feeling he said that this pain can be also caused by ddd. He is understandably reluctant to tell me my pain is definitely from ddd. He has offered me disc replacement surgery and I have accepted as I really dont know what else it could be. Any thoughts?

  • Surgery went well. I’m still struggling with painful muscles in my back and hips but I’ve been told to be patient. I just got over a bad cold and for the first time in a long time my  back didn’t go out from coughing. As for now I’m not sure how successful the surgery was but time will tell. Most people I have talked to were nearly pain free immediately so I am concerned. I am now 7 weeks post op. 

  • Just an update on my condition, hope it helps someone. I’m almost a year post surgery. My back is feeling a lot better and the muscles seem to be relaxing. I now agree that most of my back pain was from muscles always guarding(tense) but the underlying problem was that my discs were causing them to do so. I still have pain but not like before and have not had any “acute strains” since the surgery. My surgeon has told me that most people plateu after their second year so I still have more healing to do. Looking forward to the future. Pain and prescription medicine can put your mind in dark places. For all of you still waiting for answers and or relief, stay positive as depression will only make things worse. 

  • I disagree on the prescription medicine perspective. Some people need prescription medication to be able to function and have some semblance of normalcy in their daily lives. Only in the last 10 years have opioids been demonized by the media and government. Opioids worked fine for 3,000 years with no one batting an eye.

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