Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) - Symptoms & Treatment

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10 years with the last 4 the most severe. Have done it all. Just had a NM bone & joint scan and it confirmed what recent MRI's confirmed moderate to severe degenerative changes of spine (and now hips). Was on 4mg dilaudid q 6 hrs for a year but quit 11 mo ago when 4 mg stop helping. I'm at wits end at this point, walking, attempting to get up from sitting and even driving my car causes severe pain. Any suggestions for relief?
Almost nothing to help, honestly.
I suffer with DDD and arthritis.  I was diagnosed in my early 50's, and my condition has significantly progressed in the last 10 years. I choose not to take drugs - I modify diet, take many supplements to tackle inflammation and Yoga, along with Chair Yoga has helped me tremendously!
Yes. Have you tried the cbd oil. I tried it and it rèally helps me to feel better. More comfortabl I have DDD.I HAVE a cbd pen you can get the RENOVA ZERO. It's a small vape that turns the cbd into oil. This little vape is tiny but it's mighty. You can buy this vape at any cbd store. Try it and let me know how if it help you. Ok
If you don't mind me asking. What supplements do you take?
The supplement I take includes spine revitalizer and sciatica pain relief supplement. In addition, I also take calcium, vitamin C and vitamin B12. They are of great help, indeed! Also, you need to maintain a low-calorie diet which may help relieve the pressure put on your spine.
I'm not sure who gave the answer that is beneath my name....but its not from me. The supplements I take are: Multi-vitamin, Shaklee Advanced Joint Formula, Protandim, Probiotic, Vitamin D, Shaklee Osteomatrix, and Shaklee Omega 3.  I do yoga every morning, and sciatica stretches to stay flexible and minimize my body pain.
I've been diagnosed with DDD, back in May.  Showed up on mri of lower back and hips.  Pain Dr. gave me Lyrica and tramadol.  Tramadol quit working, and now Lyrica upsets my stomach.  Dr switched me from tramadol to Belbuca and cut my Lyrica in half.  Now pain is worse.  I can't sit for more than 30 minutes at a time without pain getting worse.  I go back to pain Dr on Tuesday.  It's getting hard to put my socks and shoes on.
I suggest you to see an orthopedist to see if surgery is an option for you. I don't think there is effective conservative medication except pain killers such as TYLOX or morphine.
In general pain meds are essential to relieve the pain. You may also try massage and chiropractic treatment to see whether these could relieve your pain.
10 years with the last 4 the most severe. Have done it all. Just had a NM bone & joint scan and it confirmed what recent MRI's confirmed moderate to severe degenerative changes of spine (and now hips). Was on 4mg dilaudid q 6 hrs for a year but quit 11 mo ago when 4 mg stop helping. I'm at wits end at this point, walking, attempting to get up from sitting and even driving my car causes severe pain. Any suggestions for relief?
Almost nothing to help, honestly.
Yes have degenerative joint disease in my hips - knees
I’m in constant pain all the time - walking hurts  and then when the weather changes - I take life extensions B Complex2 capsules every morning, 2-4  Vitamin D3- k2 —mk7 capsules 5000 iu for depression,  bone health, moods, plus 2 Capsules of Now magnesium potassium taurine each day
Also I take a earth minerals fulvic minerals in orange juice  or I use Hylands cell salts in water
At night I rub arniflora gel or Boiron arnica gel with helichrysum/frankincense  essential oil on my back knees feet and hips.
At night I take natural calm powder in water and this relaxes the muscles at night. I sleep with a magnet pad and I get ortho bionomy massages when I can
Here’s a web site that you can look into
Ortho-bionomy.org
Hope this helps you

Degenerative disc disease(also called spondylosis) is a condition caused by the breakdown of the discs that separate the spine bones. As you age, the spine begins to show signs of wear and tear as the discs dry out and shrink. Pressure on the spinal cord and nerves may cause pain.

degenerative disc disease

The disc itself does not have a blood supply, so if it sustains an injury it cannot repair itself the way other tissues in the body can. An otherwise insignificant injury to the disc can start a degenerative cascade whereby the disc wears out.

Ages

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is fairly common, and it is estimated that at least 30% of people aged 30-50 years old will have some degree of disc space degeneration, although not all will have pain or ever receive a formal diagnosis.

Interestingly, many people who suffered from DDD pain since 30s feel much relieved by the time they are 60, it's because discs may have dried out to the point that they cause less pain.

Symptoms

Symptoms can vary, but the general characteristics usually include:

  • Pain that is centered on the lower back, although it can radiate to the hips and legs, continuous and lasts more than 6 weeks
  • Pain that is frequently worse when sitting, when the discs experience a heavier load than when patients are standing, walking or even laying down. Prolonged standing may also aggravate the pain, as can bending forward and lifting an object
  • Pain that is exacerbated by certain movements, particularly bending, twisting or lifting
  • Severe symptoms can include numbness and tingling in the legs, as well as difficulty walking

Among all the symptoms, weakness in the leg muscles is what we pay special attention to, it may indicate some nerve root damage. 

Treatment

While disc degeneration can't be reversed, there is evidence that exercise, lifestyle changes and careful management of your back pain can contribute to better quality of life.

Self care. Using correct posture and keeping your spine in alignment are the most important things you can do for your back. You may need to make adjustments to your daily standing, sitting, and sleeping habits.

Stress is the number one obstacle to pain control. Pain increases when you are tense and stressed. Relaxation exercises are one way of reclaiming control of your body. Deep breathing, visualization, and other relaxation techniques can help you to better manage the pain you live with.

Physical therapy. The goal of physical therapy is to help you return to full activity as soon as possible. Exercise is very helpful for a painful degenerative disc, and it can help you heal faster.

Chiropractic. Chiropractic manipulation, or spinal adjustment, is a primary treatment that chiropractors use for patients with back or neck pain. The chiropractor applies pressure to the area that is immobile or not moving properly. Some people have very good results after being treated by a chiropractor.

Medications. Your doctor may prescribe pain relievers, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), and steroids. Sometimes muscle relaxers are prescribed for muscle spasms.

Surgical treatments. Surgery is rarely recommended unless you have a proven disc herniation or instability and your symptoms have not significantly improved with nonsurgical therapy.

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