Too young for DDD and DJD (O?
I haven't written much on this board, but I'm having a lot of low back trouble and I could use some support. About 1 1/2 months ago I took a nasty fall and so started my problems. I went to see a chiropractor and he did pretty much physical therapy on me (no manipulation) but I was not improving. I went to see a pain specialist and he injected both SI joints. They helped on the left side but did nothing for the right. I started to get a burning sensation on my thigh and along my calf. We finally decided on an MRI. The MRI revealed multilevel bilateral facet hypertrophy and severe ligamentum flavum thickening. It also revealed a bulged disc at L3-4 and L4-5 with the 4-5 bulge having moderate focal central disc protrusion and disc material extending into the right neural foramen. The radiologist's "impression" was Multilevel degenerative disc and joint disease. Well, with all that info. My pain doc did an epidural injection at L4-5 as kind of an experiment to see if that was the cause of my pain. I just had all of this done today and am really really hurting after that injection. I hope this get's better. Anyway, I'm only 26 years old and was under the impression that ddd and djd occur in much older people. Anybody out there have any tips for me for preventing this pain from getting worse or recurring over time? I just can't accept the idea that the pain is going to plague me for life.
Last edited by Becky2008; 02-03-2009 at 07:23 PM.