I had no idea what this was, had never heard of such a disease before. That was till 5 years ago.
My GP and Surgeons diagnosed me with DDD, and of course the word “disease” sticks in your head. Is there a tablet for that!!
So of course you get home and do the “Google” search and look up what it is. But what has already terrified you is the word Disease.
Google is and always will be your best friend and worst enemy all wrapped in to one. If you have any medical problems, stay away from Google! You will diagnose yourself with God knows what!! (I bet your smiling and agreeing right now!!)
But there are conditions out there, where medical terminology can be a little misleading, spreading panic like wild fire. This is one of those terms. Degenerative Disc Disease is not really a disease, but it is, rather, a degenerative condition that at times can produce pain from a damaged disc. While everyone’s discs degenerate as they age, not everyone will develop painful symptoms.
So now you have calmed down from hearing the world disease, you begin to understand what this condition really is. If I hadn’t developed DDD when I was 25, I’d probably have when I was 75. We all will at some point, but for the unlucky some we get a preview well before it’s due.
As I said above, not everyone will experience pain, and not everyone will know they even have DDD, but for the unlucky ones who do experience pain, it’s pain like no other.
Now from my own experience – and remember everyone is different – the pain is nasty. I ache every day. I have shooting pains every day. Some days I feel like an elephant has done a breakdance on my back, the next day a bus ran over me, then reversed to finish off the job. No one day is the same, but every day is pain.
As every person is different, every person has different levels of pain, every person is also at different stages of DDD, some advanced, some just finding out they have it.
Either way, it’s not as scary as you may think, sure it’s a genuine medical condition, but don’t be terrified by the word “Disease”, it’s not as bad as its made out to be. Yes it’s pain and yes it’s your spine, but it’s also going to part of you for the rest of your life. It’s going to have to be something you learn to live with.
And that sucks! It’s not easy to accept that your spine is older than it should be and is failing you, but there’s not much you can do about it either.
So allow yourself some time to accept it, even research it, and then try to move on. Unfortunately it’s always going to be there, but it’s also all going to be down to you, how you accept it and how you live your life.
Remember, LIVE your life, don’t let this RULE your life.
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Do you have experience with DDD? Do let me know how you deal with it!