I'm Kate and I'm 44 years old. I have just been diagnosed with arthritis in my lowest 4 vertibrae and I've found this place and I hope you guys can help.
I'm in a bit of shock to be perfectly honest! I've been having back problems for a while now and I was told repeatedly by my doctor it was probably a trapped nerve and that there was going to be a short term solution. Today at my appointment they showed me the x rays and as well as the narrowing of the vertibrae I have a curvature of the spine (probably lifelong) and I need an MRI fairly quickly to determine the type of arthritis and subsequently the treatment needed.
I am a full time carer myself to my 2 young children who both have autism, and my primary worry is my future ability to care for them.
I hope that can get some practical advice, even if it's to stop panicking!