DDD - is there a connection?
History - Injured lower back (L5-S1) in Army 1993 - Over the years I've dealt with major pain/numbness/stiffness etc. Latest MRI showed (limited details); C4-5 minimal diffuse bulging disc, C5-6 Disc desiccation-disc protrusion-ligament tear-indentation on anterior thecal sac, T7-8 small central disc bulge, &T8-9 small left paracentral/left lateral disc bulge, T9-10 same. T11-12 small diffuse bulging disc and 15% compression fracture at T9. L3-4 small diffuse bulging disc, L4-5 same, L5 -S1 small central disc protrusion-ligament tear. The VA diagnosed L2 to S1 DDD. Service-connected. I've argued with the VA that the rest of my spinal problems are connected to the original injury and DDD. They say no way that's possible. Anyone know - is it? I now have had a pinched nerve at C5-6 for over a year and a half - 4 cervical injections - surgery date is Dec. 7th 2010, Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Arthoplasty (replacement disc). Am I crazy to think this does not all have to do with DDD?