I don't know the answer to your question, but i do know that i was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease before i was diagnosed with fibro. I also have scoliosis, which gives me more pain than the ddd. The scoliosis dx came sometime in '96-97, the ddd dx came in june 09, celiac disease dx in october 09, and fibro in may 10. Not sure how related they all are related other than they all cause pain!!!
Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disk Disease, Scoliosis, Celiac Disease
Rev 21:3,4: "God will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."