Hello, everyone! I'm in my mid-50's but I have been suffering with OA since my mid-30's. A large part of the cause would be my being overweight, but I have also read that metabolic disease can contribute. I have PCOS, insulin resistance; metabolic syndrome is what they're diagnosing now. I also have some heart issues and hypertension, among other things..
I've been repeatedly testing high for ANA levels, sed rate, and CRP levels. The more detailed tests do not show an autoimmune disease. The only odd thing is a consistently high SSB. I do have dry eyes that manifests as blurry vision (taking gel at night), and some mouth dryness. My rheumatologist is monitoring me, but does not see any autoimmune issues.
So here I am in a nutshell 🙂. I hope to learn a lot here, and would really like to hear from folks who started this OA journey prior to 50s.