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Hey everyone, 

I hope everyone is doing alright. I haven't been here in a while. I haven't been to Glamis in a while either!

I was just diagnosed with mild degenerative disc disease in my lower neck (T1-C7). I was wondering if anyone else has this and what suggestions there are.

I was bending forward while eating, felt a light crunch in my neck and got a sharp pain. In the days following the incident, I developed pain, numbness and pins and needles feelings in my left arm and leg. Got an xray, which led to the diagnosis. I was referred to a pain management doctor, who didn't recommend anything but physical therapy for the time being (which I think is a good thing). I'm also getting an MRI to see if there's any disc bulging or herniation.

In the days since, my symptoms has minimized. Sometimes I forget about them. I'm happy about that.

It's sort of a bummer because I'm in my early 30's. I'm also kicking myself for not getting disability insurance before this happened. I'm glad my ability to work hasn't been affected.


Just looking for advice from anyone who has or is going through this. Any success stories are welcome. My goal, of course, is to treat it the best I can and prevent any further damage.

Thanks!

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I do not have a disease, but I can tell you I have gone through the ringer with a spinal injury. I broke my back. Spinal. (Mike Tyson reference😂)

but seriously tho, I broke 11  vertebrae in my neck and back from a motorcycle accident. I have several fused with metal plates in my neck. They took bone from my hip to replace in my neck where huge chucks broke out. I wore a halo for 6 months and was almost paralyzed. 

  The point being, I know about pain. I don’t take pain meds, I want nothing to do with any of that. Which leaves me with dealing with the pain and figuring out what works best to keep the pain minimal. That being said, acupuncture. It promotes blood flow to the effected areas which promotes healing and pain management. Or I think that’s how it works. Either way, that and massage help me huge with pain. I think you’ll probably have to figure a lot out what works best for you.  I hear CBD oil helps too but haven’t tried it. Best wishes bud  👍🏽

 

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I was diagnosed at 30 with DDD and now 60.  Pretty common as roughly 40% have it at age 40.  Early stages therapy seemed to work but as the specific area ages conditions worsen to the point at times of needing surgery.  Surgery had come a long way in the last 20 or so years.  They type of surgery is dependent on the severity and location of problem areas.  I would find a great orthopedic specialist to discuss symptoms and potential resolution.  I wound up having a microdiscectomy and a bunch of bone chips removed in one surgery. That was 6 years ago. I know a bunch of folks that have recently went through the same procedures with pretty good results.  Pain management and therapy are always the first step it seems.   

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I see a yamaha Raptor in your signature..To be where you are @ 30...  This may not be what you want to hear, but I would suggest you have a real serious think about sending that thing down the road & thinking about quality of life for yourself, your mate, kids and grandkids etc when you get older.  Banging around on a quad with the additional weight of a helmet whacking on already weak and damaged vertebrae is not going to do you any favors 30-40 years from now. I had a massive get off @ the drags in Glamis right @ 12 years ago and ended up with 6 fractured vertebrae (1 completely crushed) , and a fractured tailbone 7 broken rib as well . I had rode and raced quads since they came out in '86.. As hard as it was, I have given it up for a cage.Still have aches and pains, and will never be the same, but I am really fortunate to not be paralyzed.. I Hope you find the right specialist, do lots of therapy with a good therapyst. With a little sacrifice and a good plan, you can still enjoy the sport, just maybe a different way and @ a different pace, with eyes on the BIG picture which is your future. Good Luck & best wishes.

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Mild degenerative disc disease is very common and most people over the age of 40 have some findings of it and even much younger.    The issue for you is what the disc is doing that caused the other symptoms.  The fact the symptoms have minimized is a good thing.   I would not stress over it too much. 

Your MRI will give the doctors an idea on what is going on.

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I have it and whatever you do, don't do surgery until you've exhausted all other alternatives.  I was diagnosed many years ago C-4, 5, 6.  After 18 months of pain management, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and massage therapy I turned to surgery and had cervical fusion.  Suffice to say, the symptoms (like yours) have gone for the most part.  Further, my neck pain was greatly reduced so I can enjoy better quality of life.  There  is nothing worse than not being able to pick up your kids or grandkids because of pain.

My suggestion, if you end up going the surgical route is to visit a neurosurgeon as opposed to an orthopedic.  Remember, in addition to the bones, you're dealing with nerves and possible long term nerve damage and you want the best.  I did and I don't regret it.  Expect a minimum of 6 month rehab.

Good luck.

  

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Thanks for the responses everyone. Much appreciated.

I've taken CBD oil leading up to this (and still do). It works pretty well. I recommend it. Other than that, I take tylenol. I've been on the stronger stuff and I'd like to avoid it if possible.

Unfortunately, I sold all my toys several years ago. Eventually, I want to come back. The new Can Am SXS looks pretty sweet.

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