I can understand your apprehension about your DDD in your back, I definitely would encourage you to get that second opinion! Keeping your back and adominal muscles strong is really important, so going to PT should really help you in the long run. You are very young, but unfortunately arthritis has no age requirements! I do hope that you can get your pain under control, and hopefully you will gain your strength back in your muscles, and possible gain some mobility too! Remember your not alone in this, and as they say "keep the faith" we care about you and are here to support 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!