For thos of you suffering from DDD

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auntkay
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   Posted 10/20/2008 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
cry  just wondering if the pain ever lets up. smhair

d2parrotperson
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   Posted 10/20/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I technically don't ahve ddd, but i do have degenerating facet joints. I have bad days and easier than bad days. Does the pain ever completely stop? No.
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PAlady
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   Posted 10/20/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
DDD of itself doesn't necessarily cause pain. Everyone has some level of DDD as we get older, although some people worse than others. But you can have an image of two spines, both with about the same amount of DDD, and one person has pain while the other doesn't. It's likely there's something more detailed going on - like a nerve being compressed somewhere by a disk that's herniated, for example. I think you need to ask for a more specific diagnosis, especially if you pain is severe.

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Richter
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   Posted 10/20/2008 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   

20 Years of DDD. Pain has not went away. I have advanced DDD throughout my entire spine. Different doctors have told me different things reguarding the later stages of DDD. Anywhere from pain will go away as I age to telling me the final stages of DDD are very painfull and life threatening.

There are many things you can do to help control your pain. Shoes, Bed, wieght control, Diet, Recommended excersises, stretching, etc...

Richter


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 10/20/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
OOOOOOPH!

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   Posted 10/20/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
shocked I liked your answer Pamela...
I have mild DDD (degenative disc disease), yet my pain can be horrific from it as it's causing
a lot of compression (spinal stenosis). Some people can have bad disc buldges without any pain......
So it depends on a person threshold of pain.
What is horrific to me might not be for you.
Hope this helps.........
Soft Hugz to you Kay.......
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auntkay
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   Posted 10/20/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for the information i really appreciate it. I have to say i don't think i have a low thresh hold for pain, but this is really working on me not just being in pain daily and some days the pain is severe. It also works on the mind i've noticed myself struggling with some depression and yes i'm already on meds for depression and anxiety due to other health issues i have. Thank you all once again for taking the time to reply.
Kay

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   Posted 10/20/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   

I have DDD and have been unable to work full time since 2003. Receiving disability in late 2006.  I can get relief from my pain by simply lying down or sitting in the right position.  I can not stand without assistance for longer then 5-8 minutes.  I do not care what kind of pain meds, were I am or what I am doing.  If I can't stand any longer I just go down. Thankfully it is in a chair, but flat on the back works best for me.

Cloe


Baybreeze
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   Posted 10/22/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   

HI,

I also have DDD and unfortunately, mine is more often on the painful side than not. There are some days where it's not as bad, though, so it can wax and wane somewhat. Mine gets much worse with weather changes and humidity. And I keep getting disk bulges and herniations, sometimes it seems like every few weeks. Anti-inflammatories may help, although they are not good for the long term, but may help when flares are worse. The med that works best for me is prednisone. When I take steroids, it's almost as if I have no spine problems. But, that is even worse over the long term and is not usually prescribed for DDD. I do have other problems and I have taken Medrol Dose Packs (another steroid) for sciatica or other nerve pain flare ups and it does help. But one cannot take these for long, either.

So they say, exercise can help, though one should see a PT for the exercises best for them. Although swimming is usually the best exercise for these kinds of issues, as it puts no stress on your spine or other joints. However, exercise is still not a guarantee that it will help. In my case, I've been doing my PT exercises for over 2 years now and I still get bad pain in my spine (and elsewhere)....although I wonder how much worse it might be if I didn't exercise at all. It's just such a hard thing to deal with. I've had to really change the way I do things, but now I've pretty much gotten used to it.


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   Posted 10/22/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kay!

Great to hear from you but sorry your pain is so bad. I'm sure your job isn't helping the issue much. For me sitting can be the worse and most painful motions. But, as others have said, I push on. At least I have a great doc who believes in quality of life and helps me with pain control. Without that I have no idea how I'd survive this.

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auntkay
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   Posted 10/23/2008 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Well i was reading on the thread sciatic nerve pain. I also have this pain along with the ddd i can feel it in my right butt cheek and it runs down the back of the right leg. I really need to see a dr. to have a better work up and someone that will help me with pain control. I have been taking vicodine but that was left over from my last kidney stone and i'll soon be out. I have tried aleve and advil and it doesen't help at all even the vicodine only dulls the pain. Chutz your right about my job i'm in so much pain at work i want to scream. I've been putting off making an appt. due to the lack of leave days, so this really sucks and i'm hurting from a moderate level of pain to severe. ALL i can say for now is God help me!!!!!!

Kay

Baybreeze
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   Posted 10/23/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I get the same problems while sitting, especially with sciatica. I don't know if these things would help you or not, but you might want to try either:
 
A sacral cushion
A coccyx cushion
or Donut cushion (they sell blow up ones and foam ones)
 
The only thing is, if the sciatic nerve is very aggravated, it won't matter what you sit on because it might still hurt the nerve while putting any pressure on your rear end.
 
The coccyx cushion actually has a whole cut out in the back of it, which is where your lower spine would rest while sitting. This way it takes the pressure off  your spine. BUt then again, it still depends on where the compression is and what exactly is causing it.

PAlady
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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Baybreeze (or anyone),
On the topic of cushions, I've been using the coccyyx type cushions for a long time, but I sometimes wonder if the way the edge of the cut out hits right around the SI join area actually aggravates things. Anyone have that experience?

PaLady

Baybreeze
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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I've wondered about that, too, at times. I have to say using the cushion does help me somewhat, plus it depends on what is hurting more at the time. If my sacroilic joints are hurting bad, then it doesn't seem to matter much what I sit on. It feels best to lay down. But the cushion does help keep some pressure off my spine. Also, I've had some severe sciatica where it killed me to sit at all. The nerve was so painful, it hurt in my rear and all the way down my leg, the whole area along the nerve was twitching and all and sitting aggravated it even more in my buttocks area, plus made it hurt more all the way down. However, when I dont' have such bad sciatica and it's more my DDD and facet joints bothering me...as funny as this may sound, the most comfortable seat is a toilet seat! There is a large opening and it takes all the pressure off my spine. Sometimes I wish I could sit on a toilet at school (or at work) LOL
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