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Degenertive Disc disease " DDD"

Hello to all hope everyone has had Ann awesome weekend. As for me I've felt achy theses last few days, including today as well. These last few days I've been feeling it in my lower back and down the side of my right thought and leg. Talk about being very painful. It's all I can do to stay on my feet anymore for 8 hours when I'm at work. I find when I'm good my feet I'm more comfortable and in less pain. But that'salways been the case since day one. Now that I know I have degenertive disc disease in my spine my question is this .... What do you do for it when everything you've tried has failed to help it? A sittin position is my only comfortable position for me. Nothing else is . Even walking t help. So at this point what should I do in my case? I'm tired of fighting this in my back . The longer I fight it the worse it gets. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks for the responses.

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I know exactly how you feel. The only place I'm comfortable and more or less pain free is when imy sitting on a dining chair my sofa is to low I struggle to get up off it.

Just ordered a new one hoping it will be better I've not slept for at least 9 years as it starts after an hour in bed. Then I'm turning from one side to another all through the night watching the clock every hour. My GP is hopeless not enough time to listen. I'm 73 a breast cancer survivor of 7 years still on letrozole tablets to kill the oestrogen which feeds cancer. But this past three days it' on the other side of my back and the pain is radiating down my thigh to my knee on the inner side of the thigh I'm on the strongest cocodemols but they do absolutely nothing for the pain. I'e started taking paracetamol extra and they are helping a bit. I have got arthritis in my hips and hands and left shoulder due to an accident at work where I broke my humorous in a few places. I think this cold weather has made it worse but I've really had enough now as I live on my own and it' hard. All the best xx

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Hi JDQuinn75,

I understand the pain from DDD, as I suffer too. Recently, I have been following 'Bob and Brad physical therapists'. They upload daily on Facebook and have YouTube videos too. Their videos are informative and fun. There are some simple ways to help ease your pain. You could try their '10 best exercises for DDD'. They have more videos on DDD, sciatica and other parts of the body too.

Best wishes. I hope this helps.

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Thanks JDQuinn75 for the info about "Bob and Brad physical therapists". Great videos to watch!! I am glad I read your post. thanks! Hannah44

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Hermes123.

Hi JDQuinn75, Know exactly ware your coming from, after over fifty years of pain self management, I am now at my wits end riddled with Arthritis and degenerative joint disorder. the pressure of controlling so much pain for so long, doctor has upgraded the strength of my pain drugs, on maximum dosage aloud. tomorrow I get my ex-ray results as to whether I have a new right hip replacement, at present this is affecting my knee joint giving me hell at night, I like you am better sitting in an upright chair. My hands are painful had two op's in the right arm and hand, that just made things worse, was suppose to have the same in the left side, I cancelled that! I am know worse than exhausted and at my wits end. Hermes.

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Hermes,mine originally started in my hands 5 years ago. I didn't start feeling the pain in my spine until 3 years later. Now that it'sbeen 5 years having this , it now in my knees , shoulders feet and hip. I have some loss in my right hip. It constantly hurts anymore plus the pain I feel in the middle of my spine. I feel that on a daily basis as well. As much as I hat to go this rout I'm thinking I might have to look into a wheelchair for myself to keep me from hurting the way I do. I won't use it 24/7 But I'll keep in on hand for when I am out doing errands. Because I find the longer I'm on my feet the more it acts up. This week my toes on both of my feet have been aching like crazy. I'm feeling it now as I type this response back to you. It seems the only thing that help subside the discomfort for me is sitting. Why that is I have no clue. Standing and moving and on my feet makes it hurt like hell. As you well know. I. At a loss right now on what to do with this. . Found out a few months ago it's now starting in my neck as well. I know they say for arthritis pain suffers it's best that we keep moving but that hasn't been the case for me. If I could just find something that would I'dbe thrilled., because I'm so tired of feeling this way like I do. I'm only 42 and the way my condition is I'm sure I'll be wheelchair bound before I'm 50. Hopefully I'm wrong on that but something tells me I will. Only time will tell I guess. J. D. Quinn

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Hi JDQuinn75. Wow that has moved mighty fast with you, that is a lot to take on in such a few years. Mine started back in 1969. just before the men walked on the moon caused through an accident at work, there were no operations back then I spent three months downstairs lying flat on a wooden board. I had to wait thirteen years prior to being offered what at the time was considered a very risky operation on my sciatic nerve lower back. these day I am riddle with arthritis all over, its so exhausting I had a walking stick for a number of years now, when I can get away from my wife and Son, I go to our local town walk around at my own pace and sit down as I want to rest up. it's all about pacing your self and a positive attitude, but I must admit after all these years even that which has got me though is now beginning to wear thin. Tomorrow I get my ex-ray results to see if I need to see a Surgeon about a replacement right hip, had numerous operations over the years, treatments of every kind, courses for this courses for that, on maximum pain relief medication the list is endless. But I certainly not thinking of a wheel chair just yet, I guess it will catch up with me before I know it, I endure the pain in the soul of my feet and the ankles giving out as i go to turn, its horrible but when one runs short of options what is one to do. Cheers Hermes.

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Yes I know it has that's why I have the fear of being wheelchair bound a d loosing my mobility weather I want to or not. The simple fact is with it not only in the lower part of my spine it's also in mid way of it like I said earlier. I know my muscle will need there exercise to keep them from getting weak on my but there are times I feel when I push myself to keep moving I'm doing more damage than good. The pain is unbearable at times and when it gets that way the fatigue sets in and that makes it worse. So that's why I have thought of maybe start using a wheelchair at times. I don't really want to go this rout believe me. But there have been times already that I've felt I could have been using one if I had it. Do to the way the lower part of my body has felt. Most people that use one that have arthritis have RA. I've been told that the form of arthritis that I have is OA. But I do feel that mine is getting aggressive as the years pass. Each with is worse from the last. This winter has been horrible for me . Very cold temps here this winter . In the single digits. Plus my scatica nerve acts up too with the way my lower spine is now. I want my comfort back and I'll do what ever it take in order to get it even if it means of I have to be on wheels now. Like it or not. Enough is enough.

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Hermes123. have you ever tried muscle rubs, no I don't mean the stuff from the chemist, I mean rub you have to send away for, yes it's not the cheapest I use two and by a small bulk purchase, it is cheaper in the long run? from Skin shop I buy two 50.ml Celafen cream put it on my hand and wrist last thing at night. then for the larger muscles I use Greek Mud Google it up, its ordered from a USA Company, they place the order on there European subsidiary in Holland, from order to receiving it takes about ten days, I used both for a number of years would not be without either. Hope this is useful. Hermes

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Hermes, actually I've never heard of the stuff you're talking about. I'm in the states not sure if I can get it where I am.

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JDQuinn75.

Hermes123. Reply Greek Island Labs,LLC : 7620 E. McKellips Hermes Rd, Suit 4-86, Scottsdale, AZ85257.Cheers Hermes.

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Ok Hermes, I've gotta find something that helps for me. This week I've hurt like hell all week so far. From my lower back down to my feet . It hurts to stand up today. I can barely get through my work day today. I go to my gp next month so I'm going to tell him that something needs to be done to help me. Pain meds so far don't seem to help me. What he's going to do for me at This a point I don't know. We'llsee I guess.

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