I think this article will be helpful to you, if you really want to treat your problem and not just "manage" it. Hope it helps:)
"Degenerative disc disease in neck is not actually a disease at all. It’s a process that happens to everyone with aging. The spinal discs go through natural changes as we age. Degeneration of the disc usually happens in the lumbar area or in the neck, but it can occur anywhere along the spine.
When this process happens, the disc can cause pressure on the spine and the nerves and may affect nerve function and cause pain. Though this happens to all of us, most people won’t experience pain.
What Causes Degenerative Disc Disease in Neck?
The discs are natural shock absorbers. As they break down with age, there’s a loss of fluids makes the discs thinner and decreases the gap between the vertebrae. Muscle imbalances (one set of muscles over powering another) cause postural dysfunctions that increases wear and tear of the discs.
Eventually, the weak spot gives way and makes contact with the nerve, bringing pain. Except for cases of trauma, this process takes a long time before the pain begins.
Common Treatments and Why They Usually Fail
Common treatments include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cortisone injections, ultrasound, hot packs, electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercises and surgery.
Common Treatment No.1 – Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs
This is usually the first treatment your doctor will recommend, in order to relieve the awful pain and even immobility that are the symptoms of degenerative disc disease. This step is necessary because you can’t just live with this pain.
These drugs often cause unwanted side effects (acute liver failure, perforated ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, higher risk of heart attacks and more…); potential long-term kidney and liver damage and lastly they only treat the symptom so they don’t provide a long-term solution to the problem. Who wants to take medication for the rest of their lives?..
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· 8 years ago