Degenerative Disc Disease
Who Gets DDD
What happens in DDD (onset)
Signs and Symptoms
- most commonly back pain
- can be pain in the buttox, leg, or thigh
- which can spread down the leg and into the foot
- problems can spread through the entire spine as other discs degenerate
Bulging discs are common, but only bad if they cause pain or narrow the spinal canal.
Other symptoms are weakness and numbness, or loss of feeling or motor skills.
People shouldn’t die from this disease. The discs will never stop degeneration, because that is what happens as you get older. Treatments should help with pain to completely get rid of, or partially alleviate, the pain so that you can live normally. Surgery helps if a disc is completely degenerated, or ruptured, and needs support.