I do not have children with the condition of your son, how ever I myself have severe cervical disk problems in my neck. I had a massive herniated disk at C-6/7 that required surgery at the age of 34, the doctors swore I had to have been in some major accident for the disk to rupture the way it did, but I had not! since then I had another disctomy and fusion at C-5/6 last year, and I am having more surgery tomorrow at C-3/4. The Doctors now claim that it is my genes, and I was just told I have the spine of an 85 year old man, ( I am 59) the reason I am telling you this, is because, I understand how difficult this must be for you and your son, and it definitely is! But it is also manageable and please make sure your son knows this, it is not the end the world, yes he will have to make some major changes, but he can be succcessful, and get through this. There are many of us here with disabilities, and allot of young folks too. Some your sons age, and they have faced some pretty major things in their lives, for being so young and they have persevered! I would suggest that you try and find out as much information as you can about your sons condition, ( I am sure you have already started) knowledge is power. I am glad you came here to our forum, we of course can not cure anything but we can lend you our ears and listen, and give you support and what advice that we may share. I do wish you well, and your son and your family
Good Luck to all of you!
Moderator Chronic Pain
After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!