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Degenerative Disc Disease& narrowing disc space. Feels like a death sentence to me..
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kdenton posted:
Hello, I'm 26 years old and I've had degenerative disc disease for a while now. I just found out that I have narrowing disc space in my lower back, also. I've had back pain since I was 19 years old and it just keeps progressing and progressing.

This past year has by far, been the most back pain I've ever felt in my life. Before, I only hurt in my lower back. This past year I have developed back in my mid-back, where my bra strap snaps& under my right shoulder blade more over to the right.

All the specialists I have been to & my docs say its only gonna get worse. My question, is how much worse? I feel like an 80 year old in a 26 year olds body. Ive recently started developing depression and anxiety because of this back pain; I become frustrated easily and short tempered.

Everything is beginning to get on my nerves and I feel like I've been pushing what little friends I have away. And it's all because of pain and suffering. Anyone that isn't in chronic pain doesn't understand how it is waking up and going to bed in pain, everyday of your life.

How do you have a normal life when you're in chronic pain? Does it ever become easier? I don't have any kids yet, but I would like to have them with my husband in the future. I am so scared, that I won't be able to carry a child full term, or that I will experience back labor. Can anyone give me any advice, that has degenerative disc disease and/or narrowing disc space/arthritis? Thank you in advance.
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davedsel57 responded:
Hello and welcome.

I am sorry to read that you are in pain and fully understand.

I started having pain and other symptoms in my late teens. All my spinal conditions are listed in my profile. I am now 55 years old and could no longer work as of May 2008.

With proper research, pain management treatments and the right combination of prescription medications you should be able to function for many years. You need to fully understand your spinal conditions, how they are diagnosed and what your treatment options are. There is a Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists recommended steps for getting back pain diagnosed and treated. With that tip are links to websites that have good information about this subject.

Keep doing your research. Keep moving as much as possible. Keep a positive attitude.
Click on my user name or avatar picture to read my story.

Blessings,

-Dave
 
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kdenton replied to davedsel57's response:
Hey Dave, I am sorry for the amount of pain you are in. But, I'm happy you are at least able to be on disability. I just got done going to a orthopedic surgeon and he said I have been looking in the wrong places for help. He said I need to go to a rheumatologist.

He has referred me to one and I have an appointment Jan 9th. I am quiet nervous about the rheumatoid arthritis test that he talked to me about them giving me. I had a nerve test done in my of my hands/arms when I had my carpal tunnel/tendonitis in my right hand. That test before that surgery was something else. I just can't imagine having needles stuck all in my back and everything else, when I'm in the amount of pain I am in, already.

I just know that there has got to be something that can be done to help me. I've tried everything else.


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