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I'm only 25

whathappensnextwwhathappensnext Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in New Member Introductions
I was told that I have osteoarthritis this morning. After going home and crying uncontrollably for several hours I realized that I had to do something to take my mind off this. So, I decided to go back to work and now I can't do anything but sit here and think about it.

I haven't spoke to my doctor yet but the nurse read me the results of the MRI and said what it meant. I got the MRI because they were looking for MS. Not that I want it but it seems like it might've been a less painful disease than this.

I was hoping that I had something that could've been corrected with rehab or surgery or something but instead I got this. I'm going to get a second opinion but I'm not putting too much hope into that because how could this be misdiagnosed?

I'm so scared and sad. I'm so afraid of what's going to happen to me. I'm an active person and want to do lots of traveling and climb mountains. I do triathalons and 5ks, I love to hike and camp and ride quads. But now, this may all fall right through my fingertips. I feel like there's an hourglass above my head now with the sand running out.

The osteoarthritis is in my thoracic spine which from what I've been reading is not a common place to get it. I've always attributed my mid back pain to poor posture because I sit like a lurch. It's never been painful but it's always had a soreness to it. Some exercises like sit ups with weights always made my back feel like it was going to snap and I'm assuming this is why.

I just don't know what to do... I went out and bought a bunch of supplements and I'm going to try all sorts of therapies but I just wish there was a cure. What's going to happen to me? Will I need a cane? Or worse a wheelchair? I barely have even started my life... I'm supposed to get married next year and now I don't know if I want to burden my fiance with my possibly debilitating disease. I would hate for him to have to deal with that. I want to have kids but will my spine allow that?

I feel like this is a really bad dream and I'm just trying to wake up. I can't figure out how to cope with this. I'm so scared.


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    Slow down .... take a number of deep breaths .... most everyone over the age of 16 will probably have what some could consider "ostearthritis" .... that is a very broad determination for a greatly varied states of boney conditions.

    First of all .... a nurse is not truely the one to be discussing the results of an x-ray with you. It is apperant that she did a good job of scaring the bajeebies out of you without actually telling you the where's and the when and the effects that the study showed.

    Was she reading this off of a report? What was the exam of? an MRI of the brain? The spine ... what part of the spine??

    Only your physician is truely qualified to provide you with an interpretation of what the study actually will mean or how it my impact your life. Don't just jump to the worst conclusions!! When are you scheduled to speak with your doctor?? I would insist on speaking with him tomorrow if only via phone. You need to get the facts straight and have a chance to ask questions and not just be left in fear. I hate to be judgemental but shame on that nurse!!

    Remain Calm - Get all the facts from the proper source!!


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  • Dave is a zillion percent right. Your nurse though I am sure of good intentions, really shouldn't have 'briefed' you on your results.

    At your age there are plenty of things I am sure they will have you try - exercise, massage, stretching, supplements, diet, or some of these medications they have now for osteoarthritis. But for sure, don't feel that the sky is falling, and your life as you know it is now over. Until the fat lady sings, never, never, never give up!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have been give some really good advice already!! slow down and wait until you hear from your doctor... that is the only person who can even give you an accurate reading!!! good luck to you!i know things will work out for the best! stop by the forum anytime, there is always someone home! Jenny :)
  • Sorry to hear. You send me a PM but your Private message inbox does not accept private messages back so I can't answer you but I found useful info on the Mayoclinic website about Glucosamine.

    I agree with above and you need to speak with the Dr. regarding your x-rays. Best wishes and hope you're seeing the Dr. soon. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • She said that the nurse wasn't supposed to say anything either. I'm hoping that maybe the nurse is wrong. Myabe it's something repairable.

    I had the MRI done on my Thoracic and C spine. She read the report to me and it said my C spine was normal but the Thoracic portion has minor degenerative breakdown and then she said that meant osteoarthritis.

    I don't have a doctor that I see regularly and the one who ordered the MRI was a neurologist who I've only seen once. I don't get to talk to her until Wednesday which sucks.

    I've read that drinking alcohol can cause this but does drinking alcohol help it progress? I wanted to have some drinks on the 4th and now I'm scared out of my mind to even have one. What is the effects of alcohol on this disease?
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    It's so good you found this site...the info is great..but the people are terrific!
    So far you have rec'd the best advice..relax and wait for doc's explanation.
    I mostly wanted to comment...you said you are engaged to be married and don't want to be a burden.
    With that concern, also, you can breathe and wait for more info. However, only my opinion... you may want to let him make the decision after you both have a clearer picture.
    When I love..it's for the whole 9 yards! :) I would never want my love..my best friend.. to sacrife for me..esp when I would do anything for her.
    I have a lot of anxiety..so I KNOW all this.. breathe...wait and see...can be difficult..but it truely is the way to go.
    We are here for you. You are not alone...vent..get your feelings..thoughts out & we will be here..I would just caution you not to make any major decisions 'til you have all the facts.
    You take care! and keep in touch!
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    Osteoarthritis (which is the more common of the two major arthritis conditions) can start at just about any age.

    But before we even get into that. As was stated above, that nurse needs to be talked to by her superiors. She had no right giving you that medical diagnosis. That is up to the doctor and only the doctor to do. That is a major no-no in medical practice.

    Arthritis is not the worse alignment to have. I would talk this over in details with your doctor to see what action plans should be put in place for you.

    I wouldn't go jumping and getting any OTC supplements until you get approval from your doctor.

    I have known people that have had arthritis and it really never advanced in over 30 years. But, for myself, I started with some arthritis in my shoulders about 10 years ago and during the past 3 years it progressed so far, I had to have both of my shoulders completely replaced. But thats the extreme case.

    There are a number of web sites that deal specifically with arthritis.. We just touch upon it here. You can get relief from many conservative treatments and there is no reason you shouldnt be able to continue to do the things you love, get married, have a family, etc.

    Just keep in mind you have this now and it would be important for you to have it checks every 18 months or so (or whatever the timeframe your doctor says) to see if it has progressed.

    Regarding alcohol consumption. I've never heard how this impacts OA... but as always, drink responsible and moderation is always important.

    You are young and strong... Having youth on your side will help. Now just try to understand everything and once you get over the initial shock of hearing about this, put your mind into slowing it down and making sure you can live the life you want to live.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • I was thinking the same as others.
    Why the heck would the nurse read the MRI Report results to you? Heck, I've been given my MRI reports and if I interpreted them, I'd panic.

    That's why they have trained radiologists and spine specialists.

    That being said, enjoy your 4th!

    Also, your general practitioner can give you some feedback but be sure you visit a spine specialist for a 2nd opinion (either an orthopedic spine doctor or neurosurgeon). The good thing is now you have a base line (something I never got at that age but wish I had).

    Keep your chin up.
  • If you're going to drink to celebrate, everything in moderation and make sure you drink lots of water to rehydrate your discs. I hope you can relax and wait for your Dr. to clarify things for you. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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