Causes of DDD in someone under 50
I am new to this community.
I've was diagnosed with DDD back in 2004 when I was in my mid 40's, after a car accident where I was rear-ended. The x-rays and mri's indicated pronounced ddd even then. The doctors stated the car accident could not have caused this much damage; it was already present. (They even questioned whether I had been in a physically abusive relationship in the past.) It has become progressively worse over the years to the point that I now how cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis with myelopathy and am being evaluated for surgery.
Symptoms include: pain in the neck, left shoulder, arm, hand and fingers. Numbness and coldness in left arm, hand and fingers. Severe headaches that feel like someone is twisting a cork screww into the nerves of the back of ny neck. Intermittent dizziness when turning my head from side to side. Lower back pain with pain, numbness and coldness down left leg, foot and toes. Severe muscle spasms in left leg, with sweating, nausea, dizziness and sometime fainting. Sometimes falling for no apparent reason and dropping things often. Unable to button clothing without great difficulty.Has anyone ever researched how someone in their early years develops ddd? I read that it is sometime caused by a virus but I can't find out what virus that could be. I can't seem to find any information regarding causes for someone so young to be in this condition. I found out over the last 2 - 3 years, that my Vit D levels are deficient to the point that I have to take prescription strength Vit D (50,000 IU). My latest mri's (02/2010) show severe ddd in my cervical and lumbar spine and mild ddd in my thoracic spine.
I don't want to have surgery unless the root cause can be determined and arrested. Seems like to me if you fix the damage but not the cause, then the damage will manifest again. I don't want to have the first surgery, let alone multiple surgeries.
Please help me if you can. I have to go back to the surgeon for final determination regarding surgery on Fri., Mar. 5, 2010.
Thank you nin advance for your assistance and support.