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8/2/15 1:22 P

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Hi there! I have not been diagnosed with DDD. However, my grandmother (on mom's side) had it. My brother was diagnosed with it a couple of months ago, and my mom was just diagnosed with it. From what I understand, it is hereditary so I am afraid that I will be diagnosed with it. I do suffer from back pain (usually upper back, between the shoulders- like my brother). Sometimes it goes down my spine. I hope I don't get diagnosed but..... Anyway- any pointers would help....

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3/30/13 11:38 A

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Hi All, I realize this topic has not been active lately, but I just recently got diagnosed with DDD and it was comforting (not that I would like anyone else to go through this pain!) to see others around my age (I am 29) with this. Generally, I deal with stress by working out - which I can't do right now - so I'm at a bit of a loss of what to do.

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8/19/07 12:00 A

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Hi all! I went to a neck/back specialist last week and he told me DDD is not really a disease!! Hw said everybody at s0ome point has DDD especially when you r over 40!! Wasn't real impressed with that, but he did find osteoarthriris,burrsitis, and a cyst in my shoulder. I also have fibromyalga. Fun week!! He may be right about the DDD, maybe some people just don't have pain with theis. I'm definitly going to check this out more!! Teresa

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8/9/07 6:21 P

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I have tried yoga and according to my Physical Therapist, yoga and pilates are fine and probably helpful. Pilates concentrates more on strengthening the core muscles and yoga works on flexibility. I know what you mean about the medications. I have been on Vicodin and take between 3 and 6 a day and 6-8 tramadol depending on how things are going. It isn't fun to live from dose to dose on the meds. Oh well, at least I can still walk on my own and do some household chores.

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8/9/07 10:59 A

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I was diagonosed with DDD 3 years ago when I was 24. At the time I thought I was too young for something like that, but I've learned that I can still do most things, although I have been told not to run or do sit ups because the pounding of running and the constant bending of sit ups are too much for my lower back. It's kind of comforting to meet another individual who has this condition that's not twice my age.
I don't know how bad it is for you, but this year I have found that my back actually hurts worse when I am sitting for several hours at a time than when I get up and move around or stretch for a few minutes each hour or so. Good luck with your weight loss goals!

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8/8/07 12:27 P

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While it's comforting to know I'm not the only one who has this debilitating disease, I'm saddened that you have to go through it to:( It's so tough, isn't it? And it's hard when others just don't get it. Because it's not a disease you can physically SEE. People don't understand that there are days that I just can't get out of bed. Some days I have to take 2 tylenol 3 and a couple of percocet just to be able to walk to the bathroom and back to bed. It's horrid. And I sometimes have to walk with a cane. It makes it so difficult to be able to do any cardio. I got the go ahead from my doctor to attempt Tae Bo though, so I'm gonna give it a try. He apparently has some other patients who have tried it with success (I've been doing yoga for years and his other patients who do Tae Bo also do yoga). So we'll see how it goes:)

Anyone here with DDD do yoga?

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8/8/07 12:16 P

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Welcome Sarah! You aren't the only one with degenerative disk disease. I have degenerative disks both in the cervical spine and the lower lumbar region. You are definitely not alone. We will all work together to support one another and help the best we can to reach our common goals.

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8/7/07 11:35 A

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hi Sarah! My name is Teresa and I am 49 yrs. old. I have deg. disk disease for 25 years. I fel for you. It's not a fun disease and with mine I have akso developed osteoporaris and I have scoliosis with a 45 degree angle going fron middle of my back to my right shoulder. Needless to say I am not a good canidate for surgery because of brittle bones and it's he## living with mpain every day. Don't do what I did when I was younger. Take calcium supplements and drink or eat lot of dairy products or green leafy vegs. I recently moved to Fayetteville Ar and have had so much trouble finding a pain clinic or dr. I am driving 4 hours tomorrow to see a dr(my old family dr). I wish all the best for you. Did they tell you to do strength exercises for your back? They also said the more weight I could lose the better it would be for bones and joints so I have lost 17 lbs. since May and hope to lose 10 or so more. Good luck to you. Teresa

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8/7/07 2:18 A

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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am 25 years old (well I'll be 25 on the 8th of August). I was diagnosed in January/February with Degenerative Disc Disease. I am on daily narcotic therapy (5 Tylenol 3 per day as well as percocet for breakthrough pain, usually about 12 every 2-3 weeks).

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