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About 10 years ago, in my mid/late 20's following a nuclear bone scan for a different issue (turned out to be a tibial stress fracture) I was told I have "disk degenerative disorder". The short question is; is "disk degenerative disorder" the same as arthritis?
I ask and get a different answer each time I ask my GP or even a physio and a consultant in rhumatology, from being told "not exactly..." to "yes it is" to "no it's not, you don't have arthritis". The majority don't seem to think it is, but one very well experienced GP said it was and one physio said they weren't sure and another said didn't think it was that everyone had some form of arthritis as they hit 30 years old and ...I''m confused! The more I ask, the more I seem to get disagreement and I want to know as I need to understand how to work around it and don't want to say I have an issue that I don't actually have.
Some background (in case it helps/matters)
I didn't know what this was, but the Orthopedic Consultant who saw me with these scans said I should stop all running and do no impact exercise. Back then I was a heavy exerciser (read: had a problem!) and was exercising (running, spinning, impact based cardio etc) because I'd need a knee replacement very soon if I didn't. I'd always written off the twinges in my knees as a weakness I needed to overcome...
I've since cut back on the exercise, additionally being told I am hyper-mobile and have "hyper-mobile syndrome" (or HMS) and since this have massively had to alter things to prevent further injury and further pain. But besides knowing what the hell is going on inside my body, I'd kind of like to know what exactly this thing is and if the twinges are something I need to go back to my GP with (advised pain relief wont go beyond Paracetamol by the way) or if I should be asking for something else here. I just want to know what to do to help myself and maybe prevent this from getting worse but...arthritis is not a cheap thing to manage when you have as low an income as I do and I could really do with not spending so much time and money over something that wont benefit because I do not understand the diagnosis!