I am 34 and just last week diagnosed with mild spinal osteoarthritis and DDD. I am awaiting on further Xrays on my SI joints both sides and I suspect the news won't be good. I feel scared now and I don't know what to do with this diagnosis or what it means. I have only mild intermittent pain and hip stiffness the goes away with movement and I don't use any medications, but I am frightened what could happen down the road. I have tried researching on the internet and ended up in some forums that scared the daylights out of me because people were in so much pain.
I feel alone. I don't know of many people my age with this condition. I have a young son and I am terrified about my future now. I have started on a light exercise regime and made some major diet changes. I am very motivated to not give up. I will lose weight and I will get my body strong, but I don't how much it will matter....eventually it will catch up.
Does anyone have words of hope and support or inspiration.