Arthritis in spine - only 35
Hi all, I hope you don’t mind me sharing my story with you.
My GP diagnosed me with having Osteoarthritis in my cervical spine last week, which came as a real blow. I’m only in my mid-thirties and I can’t really understand it.
I had a sudden onset of severe pains before Christmas that were so bad I didn’t know where to put myself. I am in pain every day now, although the severity and type or types varies. My GP did an X-ray, and told me at the result appointment that I have “significant, pronounced” arthritis which is affecting my nerves. I have pins and needles and numbness in predominantly my left foot, but sometimes it is also in both feet and hands and the back of my head. I have a phone appointment with him tomorrow because I still have so many questions, particularly about pain relief and what the future looks like. I really want to ask him if he would test me for Rheumatoid Arthritis, as I have multiple autoimmune conditions already: coeliac disease, hypothyroidism and vitiligo. I have had several abnormal antibody results since about age 20, and my old gastroenterologist told me I had another, as-yet mystery autoimmune disease. Her colleague also said that it was probably a connective tissue disorder, so if it turned out to be RA it would make sense, although I know from the lady I spoke with on the Versus Arthritis helpline that Osteoarthritis can develop at pretty much any age. My mum and a couple of my aunts had Osteoarthritis, but on my dad’s side there is a lot of autoimmune disease, so who knows. I’m kind of between a rock and a hard place!
I am sad to read what the rest of you are going through. A lot of it is, unfortunately, familiar to me. Funnily enough I’ve had symptoms of this for about twenty years, so I don’t know if I’ve had arthritis all along and not known about it.
Thanks for bearing with me for this long message!
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