What are the signs and symptoms of degenerative disc disease (DDD)?

The primary symptom of degenerative disc disease is pain which often worsens when sitting or standing and during certain types of activity (e.g., bending, lifting, twisting). In many cases, pain is relieved by changing positions, such as walking or swimming. Lying down can provide the best relief, as this takes all pressure off the spine.
Most people with degenerative disc disease experience chronic (persistent) neck or lower back pain with intermittent episodes of acute (sudden) pain. These acute episodes can last from a few days to a few months.
Degenerative disc disease rarely leads to more serious conditions. However, patients who experience any of the following should seek immediate medical care:
  • Pain that is getting worse or is disabling
  • Leg weakness or pain, along with numbness or tingling
  • Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
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