Hi,sorry to know that.
I think that more important to you is where pain come from rather than DDD diagnosis.
Basically,I think that pain was due to soft tissue(ligment and tendon)injuries,which can lead to inflammation spread and stimulated your nerves,To treat this condition,find accurate location of inflammation will play main role, Because no-surgery treatment only works for inflammation from outside of spinal cord (acupuncture,chiro,osteopathy,physio...),if inflammation located in spinal cord inside, perhaps surgery is only option,even there are quite low successful rate.
so,you should go to see good doctor.Good luck!
saw a different doctor yesterday and got referred to a specialist, gonna see him in march, will keep u posted