I am in my mid-fifties and starting to feel my age. After a severe bout of back pain a couple of years back, I received the diagnosis of OA in the base of the spine. Can still remember receiving the MRI results over the phone from my GP..."good news" she said..."no sign of a herniated disc, and no need to operate". "Great stuff", says me, "so what is it?" OA was the answer...and on to a life of physio and pain relief. Sitting is a permanent adventure and something I try to avoid. Having a sit/stand desk at work helps greatly with the 10 hour shifts in the office I must say. Anyway, I'm living with it.
The reason I felt inclined to look for an arthritis sufferers forum now is that I do feel the condition is potentially spreading to other parts of my aging body. I had assumed that the problem with the spine came from my long-standing knee problems (stemming from too much sport in my youth) which had caused poor posture and rubbed away part of the bone in my lower spine. I have had cartilage operations in both knees in years gone by and don't have OA there as far as I'm aware. Only soreness when I bend or walk for too long.
However, my walking pace has slowed considerably this year, and I have also developed permanent weakness and pain in my thumb and wrist joints. I will go see my GP soon, but was thinking the two things to be unrelated. How can a worn bone in my spine be connected to hands and wrists I thought. I would be interested to hear from anyone else who may have developed further OA after an initial diagnosis elsewhere. Could it be a different form of arthritis?
Anyway, hello again, and I will go look through the many posts on this excellent forum, but if anyone feels like replying to this, I will be delighted to hear from you!