Re: Please Help! Need a lay diagnosis.
Many people work with chiro's and evidently find relief. However, as a person who has had a number of bulding, herniated and full blown rupted disc's been through 8 spinal surgeries and 4 fusions and even been temporarily paralyzed, I'm not one who will risk it with a chiro.
For me, if the Chiro says you have DDD, I don't see how massaging is going to help that, and with a possible bulging disc, I sure wouldn't risk it. With the potential of what you face if you do have DDD and one already bulging, I would recommend you find a spine specialist. There are general ortho and general neuro's who specialize and do just spines, so if you have a preference of ortho or neuro, you can go from there. Of course, all ortho and neuro's will work on spines, but when dealing with the spine, I recommend we go for someone who spends ALL their efforts and stays up on the latest for the spine instead of spreading their time over ankles, elbows, knees, etc.
Best wishes in whatever path you choose.