I'm looking for some help to determine how long it takes for a disc to degenerate. I'm sure there are lots of factors that will impact this but my situation seems a lot more aggressive than I expected. In late 2011 I herniated L5-S1 and was told the MRI showed the disc was also mildly degenerative and a bit more than normal for my age at that time (40). Just over three years later, I'm now being told the disc has completely degenerated. All the information I've seen leads me to believe the progression is much slower than what I am experiencing. Searching for info on how long always returns results regarding recovery which has made this difficult to determine.
Any info regarding this would be greatly appreciated!