Just registered on here as I know very little about arthritis other than what I have read today, and it's come as a bit of a surprise. Maybe someone will have some advice?
I saw my doctor this morning because of several lumps on my lower back that have become increasingly painful over the last year or so. I assumed they were just Lipomas and it would be a case of getting them removed and that would be that. They're not - they are osteophytes, and I am to have an X-ray in due course to see how the rest of my lower spine looks.
I'm 35 years old, 20 of which - from 11 to 31 - were spent playing rugby. I've had achy shoulders and back ever since I stopped playing, but never ever imagined it might be arthritis at my age. I also have problems with achilles tendonitis, although I put that down to overtraining for the Great North Run a couple of years ago, so I'm not sure there is any link there?
I'm a policeman, although a DC now, so I would estimate that I spend 80-90% of my working hours at a desk and 10-20% driving. I'm a little concerned whether there are any implications for work.
Now the truth is that I can afford to lose a bit of weight, and improve my diet to include more fruit and veg, and I read that those help. I already swim once a week, run once a week and go out mountain biking for a few hours once a week, plus daily dog walks of 30 mins to 2 hours.
What's the long term outcome given I'm only 35, which seems awful young to me to be having arthritis (although I dare say it won't to some on here?).
And what else should I be doing to minimise the impact of this?