Re: Degerative Disk Diease
My understanding is that degenerative disc disease is a normal part of the aging process, and facet joints get a lot of wear and tear. In my case, I started having problems at a relatively young age, and I hit a tipping point in my mid 30s. I was treated by my family doctor for a while before moving to a spine specialist. I also went through injections, PT, etc. I guess to answer your question, I think it can be normal to have a spine that "ages" faster than others. Seeing a spine specialist as you are makes sense as a starting point on your road to recovery.
The one thing that is a little troubling to me is your comment that you are having injections but the doctors are not sure what is causing the pain. I would ask about that personally. If the cause of the pain is not identified, it doesn't make sense to me begin injections. It may be that you or your doctors know more than you've posted, but I would want to know why I was having the injections and how I might expect them to help before I had them. I would be especially curious if I were having injection in my thoracic or cervical spine.
Based on what you've said, I am guessing that you may be having facet joint injections, but I would ask because there are various types of injections, they are done under different conditions, and they carry pro's and con's. I would try to be as informed as you can be before you start a course of injections.
I hope this helps a little.