i've recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my cervical spine, and also in my lumbar spine. i haven't had an mri of my thoracic yet, but would be willing to bet i have it there also.
lately, not only does my back hurt me, but i've been getting alot of stiffness and pain in my shoulders, hips, and knees. my hands flare up also where i have a hard time making a fist.
would it be fair to say that i may have the OA throughout my body, or could something else be going on?
this has been going on steadily for 3 months now, and i'm afraid it's never going away.
the weird part is, i've had these pains in my joints sporadically (and only one joint at a time) since i was a teenager (i'm 34 now). the pain would come a few times a year, last a couple weeks, then go away. my mom would take me to the doctor, but either they wouldn't know what was going on, or, if it was in my shoulders, they would say it was bursitis.
the scary part is, it's never lasted this long, or affected so many joints at one time.
i have a doctor's appt here shortly, and i will of course bring this up. i was just hoping to get some first hand experiences.
thankyou so much........ Autumn