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ddd and age

So I had an mri amd it showed mild ddd in my lumbar and im 30, well in a month. That being said, the doctor wasnt concerned really, he said with my athletic backround and lifestyle its normal. I dont have any pain really, just a mild nagging feeling at times. So my question is, would most people in there 30s or late 20's have disc degeneration or minor bulges, even if they dont have have typical symptoms if they had an mri?

Just some backround..I had an mri on my c spine and doctors decided to scan my lumbar as well. C spine showed herniated disc with spinal compression......think I need a fusion.
Blake baxter


  • The answer to your question is yes.........the majority of people over the age of 21 or so, are going to show some form of DDD. The term simply means that the discs loose some tiny amounts of their hydration over decades, and as a result , loose a tiny bit of their height, and circumference over those decades.
    The term DDD is a misnomer, in that it sounds like a degenerative disease, that is serious, but in most cases, it is not. Degenerative in this situation simply means that it is a naturally occuring biological process.....

  • I am 22 and was diagnosed with DDD in my thoracic spine from t9-10 and t10-11 at 19. DDD is already very uncommon but especially at my age. A month ago i had an outrageous bout of low back pain that knocked me out of work for a week. i struggled with low back pain for about 10 years now from playing sports, but nothing like i experienced recently. From this spell of pain, it was confirmed that i also have a degenerative disc from l5-s1 that is coupled with slight protrusion of that disc as well as osteoarthritis from l4-s1.

    DDD has no age limit. while yes it is more common as you get older, it can come on at any time.. especially if you were extremely active or in a traumatic car wreck. as for me... my doctor told me this was going to happen to me regardless of what I did growing up. Sometimes its just bad luck :/
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