Looking back over my life, I now know I had FMS since at least high school, but it was low grade. But at age 34 I ruptured a disk in my lower back and, after surgery, learned I had degenerative disc disease (DDD) and two other herniated discs. Of course, the surgery caused the FMS to flare up and I became nearly non-employable until I discovered I also was gluten intolerant. That discovery improved my condition dramatically. Anyway, I've been wondering if the DDD was caused by the FMS or was a separate phenomenon. Or did the celiac sprue cause both? Any ideas? Is this a rare combination of problems? My rheumatologist calls my situation "complicated" and I'm sure we'll be having more discussions about it all as time goes on.