I have been diagnosed with DDD for 2 half years. I have had physio/acupuncture/osteopath/medication/various nerve root injections & 3 epidurals.
Im 44, manage to do a part time office job and get home. That's pretty much my life. I cannot walk for longer than about 5-10 minutes, the pain is then too much.
It's hard too find anyone in the same boat on the Internet, quite a lonely place to be.