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28 yr old DDD - New Diagnose - Please help

LSmith9805LLSmith9805 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I have been diagnosed with DDD, off of an X-Ray, and all the doctors are acting like I am not in any pain at all. I am in severe pain and I am trying to complete nursing school! What do I do - I have now had a MRI and find out the definite results tomorrow. I am really scared! They will not give me any meds at all! PLEASE HELP!


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,742
    Hopefully the MRI will show where the pain generator is. Have it read by a spinal specialist.
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  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,609
    dont get worked up until you have all the details.

    degenerative disc disease is still the most mis understood of all spinal conditions.
    most people will show signs of ddd by their mid-twenties. it is basically the aging of our spines.

    most situations can be managed by approved exercise programs and over the counter nsaids. surgery is hardly required.

    ddd can be more painful in different situations (walking, sitting. laying down, etc)

    here is some valuable information directly from the spine-health libraries. degenerative disc disease

    i am sure you are scared, how would not be in your situation. you are going the right route by getting the diagnostic tests performed. as jim stated, hopefully the results of your mri can define exactly your situation.

    many doctors do not prescribe medications to handle ddd. they will try the more conservative approaches first (ie physical therapy, exercise program, etc)
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  • I have DDD and before I stopped working I took Ibuprofen during the day at work and then Robax Platinum at night as it has a muscle relaxant in it. Try ice for 20 minutes and alternate heat for your lower back. A physiotherapist can try TENS or inferential treatments to help the muscle pain that tenses up with low back pain.

    I hope you get some more answers as this must be rough when you're trying to finish Nursing school. Best wishes and keep us posted. Take care. Charry

    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,241
    ...may be beneficial to doctor for your plan of treatment.

    For me, one of the best tests was the EMG. I had such pain I could barely describe and while doc did test he is commenting about...okay, there's another problem.. that explains that, that's not good...

    So doc was able to come up with a plan to prioritize and treat my pain. For me, I think making sure you have good communication is most important.

    Let doc know how you feel and how you respond or do not respond to treatment.

    Let us know how you are doing.

    Best of luck to you!

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  • OK - first of all someone mentioned that DDD is common for 28 year olds. NOT TRUE!! Grrr....

    My advice, take DDD extremely seriously.

    It does mean that you are more susceptible, more likely to herniate a disc. You NEED to take precautions. Don't carry heavy stuff. Limit the amount of cardio you do. Don't lift weights.


    PS - DDD is common in middle aged people. NOT 28 year olds!!

    Rest a lot. I hope you get better!!

    I was your age when I was told the same thing as you. I wish someone had told me what I just told you.
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  • I am sorry to hear that you are in pain. Pain regardless of the cause is no bueno. DDD is actually a very common thing but not amoung someone in there 20's. I too was diagnosed with DDD and herniated discs at 25 years of age. Its really hard to figure out what would cause your DDD but the most important thing is how can we get rid of your pain and limit the damage over time. These are things that you will need to discuss with your doctor. If doctors are not giving you pain meds and you are in pain then you need to find another doctor. Unfortunatly sometimes you have to jump through hoops but keep working at it and there is a good chance you will find something that gives you relief. As some of the other members said, ice, tens units, ibuprofen, physical therapy and maybe decompression treatments may be benificial for you. Keep searching and the answers will be given to you.
  • I feel the need to clarify something. DDD can show up in people in their 20s and for some people it isn't significant in that it will not lead to anything worse. But what about the other people who do wind up with bulging/herniated disc? My POV - point of view is that doctors should be educating us and helping us prevent things from progressing. Fine, so maybe in one person DDD will not turn into a bulging disc or a herniated disc. But I do know, that if I had been warned, I would have taken a step back. I did not HAVE TO skate or work out at the gym. If I knew my discs were weak I would have taken precautions. So it does irritate me that doctors are acting like DDD is nothing. It does indicate something and it can progress in some people. Thus we should warn ALL people to help them prevent bulging/herniated discs.
  • I am 51 and had my 2nd back surgery Sept 29, 2011. I am finding that with this last one the pain is still so intense maybe even worse. Before surgery I had a Doctor who said he didn't want to prescribe pain meds as my condition was chronic and he didn't want me to become addicted. My pain was so severe I had no life. One day I made an appointment and becasue my Doctor was full I was sent to his PA. I thank the good Lord for that day. I told him why my Doctor wouldn't prescribe pain meds and he said well that's silly. I said you know at this point all I can say is I don't care if I become addicted as I have NO life right now. He has been my Doctor ever since and I adore him. He listens and we try different things and he knows that I am always monitoring my own pain meds and trying to take the least dose I can. It is so important to find a Doctor that listens. Therapy and all that is fine but when you are in tremendous pain you are less likely to try or go to therapy because it takes everything you have to just get up and do what you have to do. So find someone who will give you something so you can start to get back on your feet. I truly hope you will find someone who you trust to take this journey with you. BTW my previous Doctor was taking care of my Uncle and would give him anything he asked for.
  • i am 27, diagnosed with ddd 3 years ago. i have a blog about all the tests and treatments the nhs have performed on me including this mornings myelogram. please follow my blog if it is of any help.
  • disc health requires three basic things,

    oxygen to the disc (deep abdominal breathing)

    water to the disc (drink lots of water)

    and nutrients to the disc ( a good glucosmaine complex, vitamin C, E, A, fish oil, bcomplex with extra b5, magnesium citrate)

    to get all these things into the disc requires a certain amount of decompression to make up for the loss of disc space,

    the abdominal breathing with pelvic tilts is the safest exercise to generate circulation and bring all the things mentioned into the disc tissue,

    you are young and your body has a greater ability to heal,

    bank on that.

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