Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) Many Of Us Have This

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Aug 22, 2006.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Degenerative Disc Disease

    Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a common disorder of the lower (lumbar) spine.

    Aging is the most common cause of disc degeneration. As the body ages, the discs in the spine dry out, and lose their ability to act as shock absorbers between the vertebra.

    Disc degeneration can lead to disorders such as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal that houses the spinal cord and nerve roots; can be lumbar or cervical), spondylolisthesis (forward slippage of the disc and vertebra), and retrolisthesis (backward slippage of the disc and vertebra).

    Often, DDD can be successfully treated without surgery. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, chiropractic treatments, or spinal injections often provide adequate relief of these troubling symptoms.

    Surgery may be recommended if the conservative treatment options do not provide relief within 2 to 3 months.

    There is a large variety of meds, procedures, etc. which people use to treat DDD. (See Below)


    5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)

    Acetyl L-Carnitine

    Actiq (Fentanyl - Oral / Transmucosal)


    Advil etc. (Ibuprofen)

    Aleve (Naproxen Sodium)

    Anafranil etc. (Clomipramine)

    Ansaid etc. (Flurbiprofen)

    Arcoxia etc. (Etoricoxib)

    Arnica (Arnica Montana)

    Aromatherapy etc. (Essential Oils)

    Arthrileaf Cream (Ngali Nut Oil)

    Arthrotec (Diclofenac; Misoprostol)

    Assistive Devices

    Audio Visual Stimulation (AVS)

    Avinza etc. (Morphine: sustained release)

    Ayurvedic Medicine

    Bach Flower Remedies (Flower Essences)

    Bayer etc. (Aspirin)

    BC Powder etc. (Aspirin; Caffeine; Salicylamide)

    Bee Venom Therapy (BVT)

    Behavioral Therapies: Dr. John Sarno MindBody Connection

    Behavioral Therapies: The Back Sense Program


    Bextra (Valdecoxib)

    Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

    Black Currant Oil (Gamma-linolenic acid / GLA)

    Bodywork Therapies: Acupressure

    Bodywork Therapies: Alexander Technique

    Bodywork Therapies: Bowen Technique

    Bodywork Therapies: Cranial Osteopathy

    Bodywork Therapies: CranioSacral Therapy

    Bodywork Therapies: Feldenkrais Method

    Bodywork Therapies: Jin Shin Jyutsu

    Bodywork Therapies: Polarity Therapy

    Bodywork Therapies: Reflexology

    Bodywork Therapies: Reiki Therapy

    Bodywork Therapies: Rolfing Massage

    Bodywork Therapies: Shiatsu Pressure Point Massage

    Bodywork Therapies: Thai Massage

    Bodywork Therapies: Therapeutic / Healing Touch

    Bodywork Therapies: Therapeutic Massage

    Bodywork Therapies: Trager Approach

    Bodywork Therapies: Trigger Point / Myofascial Therapy

    Bodywork Therapies: Watsu

    Borage Seed Oil (Gamma-linolenic acid / GLA)


    Boswella (Boswellia serrata)

    Botox etc. (Botulinum toxin type A)


    Buprenex etc. (Buprenorphine)

    Calcium; Magnesium Formulas

    Calorad etc. (Collagen hydrolysate)

    Celebrex (Celecoxib)

    Celexa etc. (Citalopram)

    Cesamet (Nabilone)

    Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO)

    Chinese Herbal Medicine

    Chiropractic Therapy

    Chondroitin Sulfate

    Chromium Picolinate

    Clinoril etc. (Sulindac)

    Codein etc. (Codeine Phosphate)

    Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

    ColBenemid etc. (Colchicine)

    Combunox (Oxycodone; Ibuprofen)

    Cortef etc. (Hydrocortisone)

    Cortone etc. (Cortisone acetate)

    Cymbalta etc. (Duloxetine)

    Darvocet etc. (Propoxyphene; Acetaminophen)

    Darvon etc. (Propoxyphene)

    Daypro etc. (Oxaprozin)

    Decadron etc. (Dexamethasone)

    Deltasone etc. (Prednisone)

    Demerol etc. (Meperidine / Pethidine)

    Desyrel etc. (Trazodone)

    Devil's Claw (Harpogophytum procumbens)

    Diagnostic Tests: Bone Scan (Bone Radionuclide Imaging)

    Diagnostic Tests: CT / CAT Scan (Computerized Axial Tomography)

    Diagnostic Tests: Discography

    Diagnostic Tests: Electromyogram (EMG)

    Diagnostic Tests: History and Physical Exam

    Diagnostic Tests: MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

    Diagnostic Tests: Myelogram

    Diagnostic Tests: X-Rays

    Diet: Alkaline Diet and Water

    Diet: Avoiding nightshade vegetables

    Diet: Food Avoidance

    Diet: Gluten-free

    Diet: Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

    Dilaudid etc. (Hydromorphone)

    Dimethylglycine (DMG)

    Disalcid etc. (Salsalate)

    DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide)

    Doan's Pills etc. (Magnesium salicylate)

    Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

    Dolobid etc. (Diflunisal)

    Duragesic etc. (Fentanyl Transdermal)

    Effexor etc. (Venlafaxine)

    Elavil etc. (Amitriptyline)

    Electrical Bone Growth Stimulator Devices

    Electromedicine: Microcurrent Electrical Therapy / Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation

    Electromedicine: SCENAR (Self-Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulation)

    Electromedicine: TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)

    Emotional Support: Family / Friends

    Emotional Support: Online Discussion Groups

    Emotional Support: Pets

    Emotional Support: Support Groups

    Empirin with Codeine etc. (Aspirin; Codeine)

    Emu Oil

    Enzyme Formulas (Inflammation-reducing)

    Essential Oils

    Evening Primrose Oil (Gamma-linolenic acid / GLA)

    Excedrin etc. (Aspirin; Acetaminophen; Caffeine)

    Exercise: Aerobics

    Exercise: Aquatic Therapy

    Exercise: Strengthening

    Exercise: Stretching / Range of motion

    Feldene etc. (Piroxicam)

    Fioricet Codeine etc. (Butalbital; Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Codeine)

    Fioricet etc. (Butalbital; Acetaminophen; Caffeine)

    Fiorinal Codeine etc. (Butalbital; Aspirin; Caffeine; Codeine)

    Fiorinal etc. (Butalbital; Aspirin: Caffeine)

    Fish Oil (Omega-3 EPA; DHA Fatty Acids)

    Flax Seed Oil (Omega-3 Alpha-Linolenic Acid)

    Flexeril etc. (Cyclobenzaprine)

    Gabitril (Tiagabine)

    Germanium (Ge-132)

    Ginger (Zingiber officinale)


    Glucosamine; Chondroitin Formulas

    Glucosamine; Chondroitin; MSM Formulas

    Glucosamine; MSM Formulas

    Grape Seed Extract

    Grass Juice (Wheatgrass; Barley grass)

    Health Journals / Diaries / Blogs

    Homeopathy (Homeopathic Formulas)

    Hyaluronic Acid (oral supplements)

    Hycodan etc. (Hydrocodone; Homatropine)

    Hydrotherapy / Balneotherapy: Bath Salts

    Hydrotherapy / Balneotherapy: Spa Therapy

    Hydrothermal Therapy: Heat Wraps / Pads

    Hydrothermal Therapy: Sauna / Steam Baths

    Hypnotherapy / Self-Hypnosis

    Ice Packs etc. (Cold Therapy)

    Indocin etc. (Indomethacin)

    Infrared Light Therapy: Far Infrared Saunas

    Infrared Light Therapy: Thermoflow etc. (Pads / Clothing)

    Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

    Inversion Table

    Ixel etc. (Milnacipran)

    Kenalog etc. (Triamcinolone)

    Ketalar etc. (Ketamine)

    Klonopin etc. (Clonazepam)

    L-Glutathione (Glutathione)

    L-Phenylalanine (Phenylalanine)

    Lamictal etc. (Lamotrigine)

    Laughter / Humor Therapy

    Lexapro etc. (Escitalopram)

    Lidoderm etc. (Lidocaine)

    Lifestyle Changes: Stress Reduction

    Limu Moui

    Lioresal etc. (Baclofen)

    Lodine etc. (Etodolac)

    Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

    Ludiomil etc. (Maprotiline)



    Lyrica (Pregabalin)


    Magnetic Therapy: Pulsed Magnetic Fields (PMF)

    Magnetic Therapy: Static Magnetic Fields

    Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa / Indica)

    Marinol (Dronabinol)

    Massage Devices: Electric

    Meclomen (Meclofenamate)

    Meditation: Healing

    Medrol etc. (Methylprednisolone)

    Methadone etc. (Methadone Hydrochloride)

    Mexitil etc. (Mexiletine)

    Mianserin etc. (Mianserin)

    Mobic etc. (Meloxicam)

    MSIR etc. (Morphine: immediate release)

    MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

    MSM; Vitamin C Formulas

    Multi-Mineral Supplements

    Multi-Vitamin Supplements

    Multi-Vitamin; Mineral Supplements (combined)

    N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC)

    Nalfon etc. (Fenoprofen)

    Naprosyn etc. (Naproxen)

    Nettle (Urtica dioica)

    Neural Therapy

    Neuro-Emotional Technique (N.E.T.)

    Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback)

    Neurontin etc. (Gabapentin)

    NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action)

    Norflex etc. (Orphenadrine citrate)

    Norpramin etc. (Desipramine)

    Nurofen Plus etc. (Ibuprofen, Codeine)

    Nutritional Supplement Formulas: Amino Acid Complex Formulas

    Nutritional Supplement Formulas: Anti-Inflammatory

    Nutritional Supplement Formulas: Antioxidant Formulas

    Nutritional Supplement Formulas: Joint Support

    Nutritional Supplement Formulas: Pain Relief

    Occupational Therapy

    Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins (Pycnogenols)

    Opana etc. (Oxymorphone)

    Orudis etc. (Ketoprofen)


    OxyContin (Oxycodone HCl controlled-release)

    Ozone Therapy

    Pamelor etc. (Nortriptyline)

    Panlor DC etc. (Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Dihydrocodeine)

    Parafon Forte DSC etc. (Chlorzoxazone)

    Parafon Forte etc. (Chlorzoxazone; Acetaminophen)

    Patient Education: Blogs

    Patient Education: Books, Magazines, Newsletters

    Patient Education: Email Newsletters

    Patient Education: Health Organizations

    Patient Education: Websites

    Paxil etc. (Paroxetine)

    Percocet etc. (Oxycodone; Acetaminophen)

    Percodan etc. (Oxycodone; Aspirin)

    Perilla Oil (Perilla frutescens)

    Phototherapy: Anodyne etc. (Light Emitting Diodes - LED's)

    Physical Therapy

    Physician Procedures: Epidural Steroid Injection (ESI)

    Physician Procedures: Facet Block Injection

    Physician Procedures: Pulsed Radiofrequency Neurotomy (PRFN)

    Physician Procedures: Radiofrequency Ablation / Neurotomy

    Pilates Method

    Pine Bark Extract (Pinus Pinaster)

    Ponstel etc. (Mefenamic acid)

    Prayer / Spirituality

    Prelone etc. (Prednisolone)

    Prexige (Lumiracoxib)

    Prialt (Ziconotide)


    Protective Devices: Back Braces / Belts

    Provigil etc. (Modafinil)

    Prozac etc. (Fluoxetine)

    Psychotherapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    Qi Gong

    Radon Therapy

    Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

    Rehabilitation Programs: Intensive Rehabilitation (Back Boot Camp)

    Relafen etc. (Nabumetone)

    Remeron etc. (Mirtazapine)


    Robaxin etc. (Methocarbamol)

    Roxicodone etc. (Oxycodone Hydrochloride)

    SAMe (S-Adenosyl-Methionine)

    Sativex (Cannabis sativa L. extract)

    Sedapap etc. (Acetaminophen; Butalbital)


    Shark Cartilage

    Silicon (Orthosilicic acid)

    Sinequan etc. (Doxepin)

    Skelaxin (Metaxalone)

    Sleep: Mattresses / Pads / Covers

    Sodium Salicylate

    Solpadeine etc. (Acetaminophen, Codeine, Caffeine)

    Soma Compound (Carisoprodol; Aspirin)

    Soma Compound Codeine (Carisoprodol; Aspirin; Codeine)

    Soma etc. (Carisoprodol)

    St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

    Surgical Procedures: Bryan Disc etc. (Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement)

    Surgical Procedures: Cervical Spinal Fusion

    Surgical Procedures: Charité etc. (Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement)

    Surgical Procedures: Cotrel-Dubousset (CD) Instrumentation

    Surgical Procedures: Electrothermal Annuloplasty (IDET)

    Surgical Procedures: Harrington Rod

    Surgical Procedures: Intrathecal Pump Implant

    Surgical Procedures: Isola Technique

    Surgical Procedures: Kyphoplasty

    Surgical Procedures: Lumbar Laminectomy

    Surgical Procedures: Lumbar Microdiscectomy

    Surgical Procedures: Lumbar Spinal Fusion

    Surgical Procedures: Open Discectomy

    Surgical Procedures: Percutaneous Discectomy

    Surgical Procedures: Raymedica PDN etc. (Disc Nucleus Replacement)

    Surgical Procedures: Selective Nerve Root Block (SNRB)

    Surgical Procedures: Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)

    Surgical Procedures: Trigger Point Injections

    Surgical Procedures: TSRH Technique

    Surgical Procedures: Vertebroplasty

    Surmontil etc. (Trimipramine)

    Tai Chi Chuan

    Talacen (Pentazocine; Acetaminophen)

    Talwin Nx (Pentazocine; Naloxone)

    Tayuya (Cayaponia)

    Tofranil etc. (Imipramine)

    Tolectin etc. (Tolmetin)

    Topamax (Topiramate)

    Topical Painkillers: Camphor; Menthol Formulas

    Topical Painkillers: Capsicum / Capsaicin Formulas

    Topical Painkillers: EMLA Cream (Lidocaine etc.)

    Topical Painkillers: Menthol Formulas

    Topical Painkillers: Menthol; Capsicum Formulas

    Topical Painkillers: Methyl Salicylate Formulas

    Topical Painkillers: Trolamine Salicylate Formulas

    Toradol (Ketorolac)

    Trilisate etc. (Choline magnesium trisalicylate)

    Tylenol #1 etc. (Acetaminophen; Codeine)

    Tylenol etc. (Acetaminophen / Paracetamol)

    Ultracet (Tramadol; Acetaminophen)

    Ultram etc. (Tramadol)

    VAX-D etc. (Spinal Decompression Therapy)

    Vicodin etc. (Hydrocodone; Acetaminophen)

    Vicoprofen (Hydrocodone; Ibuprofen)

    Vioxx (Rofecoxib)

    Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

    Vitamin E

    Voltaren etc. (Diclofenac sodium)

    Weight Loss

    Wellbutrin etc. (Bupropion)

    Whey Protein Powder Supplements

    Whole Body Vibration Therapy (WBV)


    Zanaflex etc. (Tizanidine)

    Zoloft etc. (Sertraline)

    * END *


  2. JLH

    JLH New Member

  3. optimistic1

    optimistic1 New Member

    Dear jih

    I may be wrong but it sounds like you are one of the many sufferers of DDD. I am another. If one is unfortunate enough to have this it is most debilitating and in so many cases most of what you listed just won't help.

    I'll bet I have tried 75% of the remedies you have listed, to no avail. There are so many of us who can't tolerate most medications and sometimes all the body work in the world won't begin to touch these discs.

    So I am one of many who has had 3 failed back surgeries for this problem. If I had the opportunity to choose to do this again I would definitely not do this. They did more harm to me than good and I would bet they were the beginning of my FM.

    As helpful as your list might be I'm afraid it gives the impression that there are so many thngs that might help and there really aren't. I have had many procedures done that aren't even noted---apparatuses "installed" and taken out, pain pumps that help some but not others, etc.

    I don't mean to be disrespectful to you in anyway, but I am just presenting another point of view here. Truly, I pray that some of these things will help others more than they did me. Perhaps this is just my depression speaking.

    Anyway, be well and know that I learn a great deal from your posts. They are very helpful,


[ advertisement ]