Hi, my name is Tracy and I'm 48 years old. I have always worked desk jobs and always stayed away from physical activities like running or lifting as my dad, brother, sister and aunt all have DDD. A month ago I went to have a physical as the last item on the requirement to be hired working A/P. I have been at this job 5 months as a temp and really liked the job and the people. During the physical I became in excruciating pain and couldn't finish the physical. My company let me go because I couldn't pass the physical. Two weeks later I'm still in pain and went to see a chiropractor. He was so concerned after examining me he insisted I get an X-ray immediately. I did right after I left him and found out I have a broken L-5 and some sort of genitic anomaly with my lower back. I have a doctor appointment with my primary physician and am stressed out because I can only be up for about 20 min before the pain slams into me reducing me to a sobbing heap of misery. I posted more detail of my situation under the DDD forum. I'm so glad I found this forum.