I’m a 52 year old lady with a history of back pain going back 30 years. I had a hip replacement in 2017 and have now been diagnosed with multilevel degenerative disc disease and OA of the facet joints. I have been really struggling with pain management and feeling very low as doctors seem to refer to this condition as “just wear and tear” which makes me feel a fraud. And of course it’s not visible and therefore difficult for people to understand that every day is painful. Does anyone else feel like this?


  • Ellen
    Ellen Moderator Posts: 513

    Hi to you too @Maxine9

    I see you have a long history of back pain and have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Degenerative disc disease.

    It sounds to me as though you are really struggling with pain and feeling low as the Conditions have been referred to as 'wear and tear'. I can promise you you are not alone in feeling the way you do and many of our members will relate to your story and will share their experiences with you.

    In the meantime it might be worth a look at this information: Osteoarthritis (OA) of the spine | Back pain | Versus Arthritis

    Even if you think you know a lot about the condition do please have a look there might well be things you haven't tried which might make your life a lot easier.

    I look forward to seeing your posts.

    Best wishes


  • Jona
    Jona Member Posts: 235

    Hi Maxine9,

    I know what you mean about feeling like a fraud and saying wear and tear really annoys me , I have DDD and oa in many bones in my body and like you feel pretty low as it strips you of your identity and one phrase really makes me mad is it’s just a bit of arthritis yet I read of celebrities have had shocked medical condition of arthritis in the knee and been told to slow down but ours is just a bit of arthritis I have days where I cry with the pain a consultant once told me bone pain is like a toothache you can’t get rid of

    ive been referred to the pain clinic and am sick of putting massive amounts of chemicals in my body to try to get the pain under control I have been told they can help my hot water bottle helps placed on my back nearly all the time

    it’s pain and where there is pain there is a problem so don’t let anyone underestimate or play it down to you, there is a wealth of experience here on this site and really lovely people who are very supportive I was at rock bottom when I first asked here for help and now I’m stronger every day mentally

    talk to these lovely people and you will find a way to stay strong 💪

    big hugs

    Jona 😊

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