Re: 30 year old w/degenerative disc questions
Nearly everyone had degenerative disc disease - that just means your spine is aging. And it can often be seen as early as the late 20's so what you've read is not uncommon. As Broke stated an xray really doesn't delve into what can be causing the pain (unless the xray shows a fractured vertebrae, dislocation, etc).
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08