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Do You Have Degenerative Disc Disease?

Posted Apr 21 2008 12:00am
Degenerative Disc Disease!! When I was told I had that I felt sick to my stomach. I knew I had Sciatica and back pain , I did not know I had an Actual disease!!

Well after I did some of my own research turns out that Degenerative Disc Disease is in fact not a disease at all.

Degenerative Disc Disease, often known as DDD, is a natural part of getting older. It happens. It is not contagious or of risk to anyone else. With time everyone experiences some changes in their discs. Some people will get symptoms associated with that process, others will not. It showed up on my MRI scan quite clearly that I had DDD in my L4/5 and L5/S1 discs which showed up black on the scan results and a narrower space than the other discs.

DDD is where the gel type substance in the discs dries out. The discs over time, lose their shock absortion role and become more stiff. In addition the ligaments around the disc tend to become brittle which leaves them at risk of tears.

Degenerative disc disease is not a disease at all. It is a condition that can degenerate.

Degenerative means to most of us something that gets worse over time and with age. In the case of DDD the disc can degenerate with age and time but it does not always follow that the symptoms will get worse.

To learn more please click here to read more about DDD
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