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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: DDD, DJD...Oh My!!

 4PtSake - Sat Jul 23, 2005 3:16 am

This may be an unanswerable least in layman's terms that I can understand...but I'm hoping someone can tell me how a simple fall can cause so many problems in one body.
About 6 months ago I fell on a wet cement floor and have had a host of problems ever since. Through MRI's, Xrays, etc. I found out I have cervical DDD and stenosis, hip and L4-5 DJD and facet degeneration, and have had problems with a ganglion cyst (wrist), vertigo, SI joint and sacrum problems, etc.. My neck has no natural curve left, has almost started to curve backwards, and I have a spondolitic disc. Some of the problems are most likely because of the fall, like the SI joint and sacrum problems, but many of the issues, like the DDD, have obviously been around a is it that I had no idea they were there until after I fell?
The orthopedist told me the fall probably made the issues I already had symptomatic (i.e. the arthritis in my hip, lower back, and neck) but I could never get him to talk to me long enough to find out how. Is it that the fall activated some kind of chemicals in my body that aggrivated the arthritic areas or something else?
I'm also interested in suggestions on how to minimize the discomfort and progression of as many of the issues as possible. I do home exercises that the physical therapist gave me, and they help some, but are there dietary changes, vitamins, or other things I can do to help so I can minimize taking medications? I have a great deal of trouble with side effects.
Any suggestions and information would be greatly appreciated as I find I can definately identify with the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz lately...I feel, most days, like a house fell on me.
Take care and thanks!
 sissy - Sun Aug 14, 2005 3:29 pm

I know of instances of sympathetic pain. Pain is explianed as something indicating problems. When a pain starts, it can magnify.
I cannot explain in detail about this, but there are great websites to go to to read. Do a search in the medical search engines for the "LIMBIC SYSTEM". This is the part of the brain that deals with pain and rewards. When you search, look at the sites and find one that will explain to you in language you can understand. There is also a GATE THEORY of pain. Search this one also and read. You will learn how pain works.

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