I have been diagnosed with multiple level DDD. The spine specialist told me to go home, quit my job and apply for disability. I have been dealing with back and neck pain for 6 years. I had two lower back partial disc removal surgeries 20 years ago and the specialist said those have fused themselves together. Severe stenosis at c3-5, c5-6, c-6=7, before I saw the spine specialist I dealt with neurologist, ortho, with no results with pain. This spine specialist that there were no surgery options for me and to get pain management. I'm 53. what can I expect. Everything I do seems to hurt from walking to driving to minor household chores.
I am in a similar situation and have 2 levels of fusion, scar tissue, extensive nerve damage and now 4 new ruptures in my neck that is causing spinal cord compression. I have been through the PT, injections but my pain is best controlled with meds for now (it has been 10 years of therapy. (I am 50 years old now). Find a physician that you feel comfortable with who will manage the big ticket items on your spine but hook up with a pain management group - they really have been super with my stuff. I still work but it is difficult and some days are good. I believe the worst part about pain is that one gets depressed and it is hard to get out of a funk when you feel nasty. Good luck, keep your chin up.
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