17 year old son has Degenerative Disk Disease & Kyphosis
I am new to this forum (and new to Spine trouble in general) and have a few questions. We have been told that my 17 year old son has Degeneratiive Disk Disease to T6, T7 and T8,with acquired Kyphosis. We have been looking for the cause of his "back pain" since 2008, even working with a chiropractor who NEVER MENTIONED kyphosis. The information I have found on this is mostly about older people. Can anyone give me information on younger people having this. Also, we have an appoinntment on September 1st with the Parr Spine & Neck Insitute and after reading the booklet they mailed us it states that the appointment will go over treatment options, but we will only be meeting with a PA (Physician's Assistant) as the Neurosurgeon is busy. He will go over all the records but the PA will deal with us. Is this common.
I would love for any answers as I am a scared mom, my son starts school Monday and I'm not sure where this road will take us. He was in Band (snare drums), taking Automotive in Trade School, and was joing the MEPS for the Air Force. He was even working on Physical Training exercises in advance thhrough the Air Force to be prepared for Basic Training. Now everything is on hold. We've talked to him about the possibility being there to change his future goals and he is disappointed.
I could really use some information on this. Will this worsen with time, is surgery needed, I can't imagine Physical Therapy with the amount of pain he is in. He is taking Flexeril 3 times a day and a pain medication. They've even told him no driving on meds. So confused....please help....