L5-S1 Disc gone..
Hi everyone, i'm new here and just trying to find some more information. I'm 17 years old and diagnosed with servere Degenerative Disc Disease and spinal steneois. My L5-S1 disc is completely gone which concludes why I have been having horrible lower back pain. I have never really heard about this condition and never really paid attention to it. I have been trying to do some research on it. So far i'm still rather confused why I have DDD at a young age and why one of my discs are already completely gone, again at such a young age. The doctor I had said it could be genetics and my life style, thou I am going to be getting a second opinion. Another question I have is I have started treatment of meds, physical therapy, and steroid shots, but since my disc is gone will it most likely lead to me having surgery to replace the disc?? The doctor who is an orthepedic suergon said that we will see how i'm doing with this treatment for 3 months and go from there, but i'm just curious if I will most likely end up having surgery. Now that I understand what is going on, I have so many questions!!!