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I'm sorry to hear you have DDD at such a young age. I too have DDD and I'm 34. I was diagnosed at the age of 24 and at that time my doctor told me I needed spinal fusion but that I was too young and to come back and see him in 40 years. So far, I haven't had any surgery. I've had physical therapy of every kind which has not helped at all, and I've tried every muscle relaxer, anti-inflamatory that you can name all to no avail.

For me, I have found that staying relatively active helps the most. I now know my limits and if I stay within those I'm ok. It's when I get inactive that I hurt the most. The more I lay around, the worse I feel. I cannot sit or stand for long periods of time though. I go for short walks several times throughout my work day. When it comes to housework, etc. I don't do floors, or tubs, etc. I have my children or husband help with those.

As for working out, I have found that if I keep my core strengthened my back feels much better. I do work out with very light weights and it seems to help because I'm able to support my back better. By keeping my abdominals in shape, my back is also stronger. Stretching is also very important, my hamstrings tend to get very tight and the tighter they get the more my back hurts. I can't let that happen.

Luckily my husband bought me a hot tub for my birthday last year and it has helped my back immensely; I use it daily!! I also have received steroid shots a few years ago and I'm about to undergo an MRI and have another round of shots. I guess you can only have so many and then they can actually be bad for you. So far, they have provided some relief. I have a problem with pain meds, they help my back but I have found myself addicted to them. I am currently on day 6 without them. I am trying to stay away from them, but as you well know, this DDD is a very painful thing. Couple that with the addiction I got myself into and I have a terrible combination. Anyway, now I'm trying to "suck it up" and deal with it. I'm hoping I'll get the injections soon so I won't be forced or tempted to take the vicodin again. I don't know what I'll do after the shots wear off this time. I don't want to go the surgery route yet.

I don't know if anything I said helped or not, but I do wish you the best of luck. If you find something that works for you that we haven't tried or mentioned, please let us know. You are a very brave young lady. Good luck to you!!

[QUOTE=sherry1;3653823]Hi Veronicag

Sorry to hear you are having problems.

Its bad enough being a forty odd year old woman like myself and having to cope with pain but being 17 it must be quite debilitating.

I have degenerative disc disease too and as far as i know the discs gradually get worse.
I went through all the non-surgical options like yourself and am at the stage where i have to live with the pain or have a 3 level fusion or have a smaller op to see if the nerve is trapped so i have decided to go for that option.

I have just had a 'mini'break through with my pain where my doc has put me on Lyrica which so far has taken my pain from a constant 8-10 down to a 2-4 on the pain scale.

Are you taking anything for your pain?

I really hope you find something that helps you soon.

Best wishes

Hi all .. Sherry I was very shocked to hear you as well are on Lyrica for DDD. I have been on lyrica for almost two years now. My doctor tried it on me as an experiement because along with Vicodin I needed something to help me relieve the 'electric shock' pain I was experiencing. Sometimes this 'electrical' shock would last almost an hour long. Ever since I started the lyrica it seems to be working to help with this type of pain. I take 150mg three times a day. At first it was very hard , many side effects which almost all went alway. I still can fall asleep very quickly if I sit even for a few min but the vicodin does counter act that some. Also with the lyrica I no longer need to take sleeping pills which is nice. HOWEVER ... the weight gain is very depressing . The lyrica itself is not putting the weight on it's the constant hunger pains that I must satisfy . I EAT CONSTANTLY !! In two years I have gained 24 pounds and that does not make me happy. Also my insurance will not cover the lyrica for my illness (not approved) so my wonderfull doctor keeps me in supply with free samples for two years now. I really would love to try to see if I still really need the lyrica maybe my nerves settled in my spine but I am so afraid of the 'electrical shock pains ' to return... I am sorry if I kind of hi-jacked this post but just had to reply to your post.........any stories of yourself on lyrica would be very interresting to me ........thanks in advance ... take -care, :angel:
I can only emphatize with your pain :(, i am also very young, 22 years old and I am diagnosed with DDD and have a 3mm broad based protrusion in my L5-S1 disc pressing on my S1 nerve root, being young no Dr. wants to even touch me despite a clear MRI with nerve compression due to the herniation Therefore I also have increadibly bad sciatica and at 22 im walking with a cane and I am classified disabled, I even have the placard to go with it. I used to be extremely active I was a cop in the Air-Force, ex-security forces. So it is depressing to be unable to even run a block when I used to chase people on base, on foot, with 5:30-6:00 minute mile times. The worse is my social life which has really gone down the drain unable to do what you gotta do as a male, no pun intended,....lol...thats actually what frustrates me the MOST, I can deal with the pain since I developed a high pain threshold in the millitary, but unable to perform not because of physiological reasons but due to body mechanics is horrible and honestly has me very depressed, anxious and irritable all the time.:mad: Common at 22..im in peak physical shape but unable to exercise at all due to the amount of pain. Im taking vicodin Es 4x times daily, along with flexiril, soma, ESI's didnt work i just had one in May with only minimal pain relief that lasted about 2 wks. In addition, since I live in CA, I am a patient under on prop 215 compasionate use act (do a search for it), and that really helps ALLLOTTT with the pain I could throw all my pain meds if i just had that for pain relief, saddly it does get expensive, so there is an alternative for pain management although it does come with that catch 22. Hope you fell better and good luck on your journey to pain relief.