I am only 20 years old and I have severe DDD as well as 7 bulged discs and 2 cysts on my facet joints. I was told by my doctor that the condition of my back will continue to get worse over time. It hasn't taken long for my back to go from bad to worse. I am in constant pain and nothing helps to relieve the pain. If I decide to get pregnant, would it be best to have a child within the next year or so? Or will I be ok to wait another 5 or 6 years?
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Has your physician suggested surgical options to treat your case of degenerative disc disease?
If non-surgical options, such as use of a neck brace, avoiding painful positions and the prescribing of anti inflammatory medications. steroid pills and injections around the nerves or epidurals, fail to treat the symptoms, surgical intervention may be helpful.
Depending on the diagnosis, an anterior or posterior decompression and fusion can be performed. The goal of surgery is typically to take the pressure off the nerves and stabilized the degenerated levels.
You should discuss pregnancy and its risks with the physician who is managing your degenerative disc disease. Your gynecologist should be included in the discussion.
MaryannAugust 16, 2012 - 4:30pm