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Old 04-22-2009, 07:30 AM   #1
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30 year old w/degenerative disc questions

I am a 30 year old male in good health. I have had light to mild upper back and neck pain for about a year. I have been in and out of work so i just deal with it. I finaly had an x-ray on my back about three weeks ago. I do not have insurance to follow up on the results.

The result of the x-ray showed was as followed:

No fracture or sublaxation is seen. Very minimal degenerative disc change across the midthoracic spine. No bone destruction is seen.

I believe this is what is causing my problem.

Is minimal degenerative disc change normal for a 30 year old?
Is this something I should be worried about or try to prevent from worsening?

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Old 04-22-2009, 08:07 AM   #2
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Re: 30 year old w/degenerative disc questions

its normal to have alittle wear, and you have the opportunity to make it stronger to avoid any major trouble later in life, the biggest issue i ran into getting older is the aches and pains that you didnt use to have. but also Xray dont show much on back problems,,, a MRi WOUld tell you where your trouble is.

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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).
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