Can I have degenerative disc disease?

Yes. Living in florida and being 39 you can be developing osteoarthritis of the spine. You can tell from plain x-rays. Are the vertebral bodies getting close togeather at any level and are there bony overgrowths seen like in this photo ? This is the lumbar spine (low back).

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I have degenerative disc disease with spurs in my back and neck. Do you think i'll be in much pain the older I get?

"motion is lotion" Degenerative disc disease and spurs usually indicate an inflammatory condition of the spine. This can be caused by over-use, trauma, or other causes. Long term pain can be mitigated by maintaining flexibility and strength. I encourage patients to remember, "motion is lotion;" the more your keep the joint(s) moving, the smoother they will move for you. Keep inflammation down with ice and advil (ibuprofen). Read more...
Age and degeneration. As we get older, the disc degeneration will get worse slowly. The narrowing in disc space may cause pressure on nerve. Also we lose the muscle bulk and function as we get older. As the result we will have a weaker muscle to support back. You might feel more pain later. So always be prepared. Do exercises and stretching. Avoid sudden unexpected moves. Be careful about lifting. See your doctor. Read more...
Not necessarily. The key to keeping the back pain from worsening is to stay as active as you can. Exercises to strengthen the paraspinal muscles may be helpful. Read more...
Probably. Spurs are indicative of degenerative disease and arthritis, which is unlikely to get better and is very likely to worsen, weight loss, physical therapy and exercise will help, but will not fix the issue. Your pain will likely worsen over time. Read more...

I am 22 and in the army. I just found out that I have degenerative disc disease. Can I be medically discharged for this?

DDD. Ddd is a radiographic diagnosis as opposed to a clinical one. Therefore, in and by itself, ddd should not be used as the sole reason when considering a medical discharge. Associated clinical symptoms are more important to consider. Changing your duties and assignment may be a better long-term option. Read more...
Join the rest of the. Human race. Degeneration starts at age 10 and goes on until you die. Smoking accelerates this 4 times over a non smoker and genetics as well as obesity play a role too. When symptoms develop, most are managed non operatively with lifestyle modification, exercise and medication if no contraindications. Read more...

I have degenerative disc disease and can't walk. Will I ever be able to walk again?

Maybe. It is impossible to give you a reliable answer without data. For how long have you been unable to walk, how much the inability is due to weakness vs pain, what your spine imaging shows, are all critical factors. Your phyisicans (who should be neurologists, neurosurgeons, or orthopedists, and perhaps rehab specialists) can best judge. Read more...

My doctor says I have degenerative disc disease but I can't tell where?

MRI. Degenerative disc disease is a normal process of aging. The existence does not mean that you automatically have symptoms. Of you are in pain one way to diagnosed the presence of the condition is with an mri. Read more...

What do you suggest if my doctor says I have degenerative disc disease what is that?

Just means that. your spine is not normal looking anymore. How abnormal is it? Hard to know without evaluation and examination of images. Really depends on what is going on and what can be done to help relieve any pain you may have. Everyone gets degenerative disc disease as we get older, just an FYI. Read more...

I have degenerative disc disease from c1 thru t9, and fibromyalgia. What could I do?

Something. Get an experienced orthopaedic sugeon with all due respects fibromyalga is not a real condition. Read more...
Another doctor. ? what treatments are for DDD & fibromyalgia (FM) in 38 yo. DDD merely radiologic descriptor &, as applied to 38 yo, not pain generator. Find another physician, preferably Osteopath. FM cause is multifactorial soft tissue injuries requiring several non-toxic natural therapies, including weight loss & exercise (aquatherapy, gentle yoga, walking), to reconstitute proper soft tissue function & cure. Read more...