I have, like many of us here, OA in my spine (cervical). Now Im wondering if it has spread since I can feel the flare ups, joint pain and stiffness further down in my spine, upper thoracic... Some days all my joints ache. Hips, ankles, knees, spine. According to doctors OA is not systemic like RA, and dont spread, but I have heard about so many people that start with OA somewhere and they get it in more joints pretty rapidly.
I know we get it more with age, wear and tear of joints and bones, but I was diagnosed with OA and bad discs at 35 and no OA or RA before that, perfectly healthy. Now it keeps on progressing and my shoulder joints are a mess too.
It hurts bad and I always feel so achy and stiff since this started... And of course Im scared that this will progress now to a bad state of health at my relatively young age. Im already struggling with nerve damage and a couple of bad discs that has gone downhill after my fusion in 2012.
Has your OA spread?
Cause: car accident & genetics
Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
Moving Forward: SCS