I'm 34 and have been running pretty consistently for the last twenty years. In high school, I ran the 2 mile (10:20ish), mile (4:40), and the half mile (1:58). I played outdoor soccer in the fall, indoor soccer in the winter and ran track in the spring. Throughout college and since then, I'm remained active playing soccer and running 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons. I typically run 30-40 miles a week and can still run a sub 5:30 mile. Having hurt my back a month ago, I decided to go to a back specialist. X-rays were taken. A hot nurse practitioner felt me up and then I was told that I have DDD in my third lowest disc. I'm not sure how much I'm going to be able to run and/or play soccer in the future. The back pain is immense and it tightens up even while sitting. Anyone else in the same boat? Suggestions?