Hi there. I'm a 59-year-old tennis coach in New Zealand. I've got a referral from a medical advisor that my MRI demonstrates small disc protrusion at L5/S1 and degeneration causing mild stenosis and impingement of left s1 nerve root; ganglion noted at left L4/5 interlamonar joint in combination with disc bulge to potentially compromise the left L5 nerve root; annular tears are seen at L2/3 and L3/4. What should I do about this?
Hi Paul -
I know this is a very old question, but I did want someone from the staff here to respond to it. First, I'm sorry you're going through this. As a person who is a tennis coach, this has got to be an incredibly frustrating diagnosis to get, since it is likely it will be something you have to deal with in your job. As far as treatments go, there are chiropractic, medication, PT, and surgical options that can help degenerative disc disease, and which one (or combination of them) is best for you is something that you and your doctor will have to decide. I hope by now you've found a treatment plan that is both helping to ease your symptoms and perhaps slowing down the course of the disease.
Perhaps you'd consider coming back and telling us how you've been faring? Your story might be very helpful to someone else in the community who is going through the same thing.
Here are some links that might be useful, in any case. Be well!
Why Yoga Can Help Soothe Many Types of Chronic Pain
Using Mindfulness Meditation to Alleviate Physical Pain
Four Good Reasons to Have Spinal Surgery
I have degenerating discs too and I am only 15 years old. I go to physical therapy 2 help with the pain. Ask your doctor if you can go to physical therapy. Its working for me. Good luck!
I also have DDD, but without knowing how painful yours is it's hard to answer this. What has your doctor given you for options?
I would love to help, but need a bit more info.
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