Information on DDD and the Causes of Pain? 

 October 24, 2023

By  Linda Rook

Drawing of a nerve cell


You may be thinking that why am I doing a blog on degenerative disc disease or DDD, as it has nothing to do with arthritis.  

However DDD can be caused by spinal osteoarthritis.  The only difference is that the DDD is, what happens to the spinal discs.  The changes in the discs could lead to arthritis or sciatica which is another form of arthritis.

When you develop DDD you may get a pain sensation that we all come across at some point in our lives. It is an important part of our existence, as it is a warning sign, and a protector.

Degenerative Disc Disease is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide.  There is often confusion between Degenerative Disc Disease and pain.

In this blog I shall explore the mechanisms and factors involved in whether degenerative disc disease causes pain. I shall also explain how pain works, and why is it crucial for our survival and quality of life. Also delve into the complex system of pain, finding out its definitions, and types.

Understanding the Complex Sensation of Pain. 

Defining Pain.

Pain can be very personal and can be an unpleasant sensation and emotional. 

Types of Pain.

There are many types of pain, including:

1. Nociceptive Pain which is a type of pain that results from the activation of sensory receptors known as nociceptors. The receptors are located throughout your body and respond to various stimuli, such as heat, pressure, or chemicals.

Pain at the bottom of spine

2. Another one is Neuropathic Pain which stems from damage or dysfunction in the nervous system itself. It often has a burning, shooting, or electric shock-like sensation and can be present longer than the initial injury has healed.

3. Chronic Pain means that it is a persistent pain that can last for a long time, this means months or years.

and the last one is

4. Acute Pain that is a response to injury or illness.

Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). 

Degenerative Disc Disease is a degenerative condition of your spine. It mainly affects the intervertebral discs, which are the soft, cushion-like structures that are located between the vertebrae of the spine.

These discs act as shock absorbers and enables the flexibility of the spine. Over time, they naturally wear down due to age-related changes and repetitive stresses on the spine.

But if you have developed DDD it does not automatically associate with pain, the symptoms can vary greatly from person to person.

The Role of Inflammation.

Inflammation helps to heal the affected area, but it can cause pain and discomfort, by irritating nearby nerve roots or causing swelling that presses on nerves.

Location and Severity of Disc Degeneration.

The location and degree of your pain depends on if the deterioration occurs in a way in which the disease directly intrudes on a nerve or the spinal cord. However, if you have a mild to moderate disc degeneration it may not cause significant pain.

Some people may have a high pain threshold, while others are more sensitive to discomfort, making the experience of pain subjective and unique to each person.

Age and Other Contributing Factors.

Age is a high risk of DDD. Because when we age, the intervertebral discs through time, looses the water content and becomes less flexible, resulting in DDD.

Other factors include obesity, if you smoke, and an inactive lifestyle. 


Treatment and Management.

There are many treatments that you can do to help with the pain, they include:

  • Physical therapy.
  • Medications.
  • You could have spinal injections.
  • Or in severe cases, surgical intervention.


If you suffer from pain or inflammation, it is the bodies way of healing.  It is best if you understand the factors.  Also, the location and severity of deterioration.  Other factors are that you should consider is your age, and lifestyle, is crucial in managing the symptoms effectively.

If you suspect you have DDD and are experiencing pain, it is vital to make an appointment with your doctor or healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis, as they can give you a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs.

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Linda Rook

Linda is now retired and has suffered from Osteoarthritis for about 40+ years.  She struggled with her weight until she found the correct one that also helped with her arthritic pain.  Linda was in terrible pain until the physician thought her right hip needed replacement. 

Now Linda has an artificial right hip, which has left her with the left leg shorter than the right.  Therefore, her spine is now wonky, and has arthritis of the lower back, also it seems to be going all over the body, her pain is now in the knees, elbow, wrist, fingers and both hips.

Linda now spends her days writing information to help others with the same conditions, so they do not suffer like Linda.

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