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Can it spread

Please can someone answer me a question... I have Osteoarthritis in my neck.... Will it spread to my spine and hips I ask this one doctor said it would... One said it wouldn't and I have terrible back ache and my hips ache yet my doctor won't send me for an xray


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 02/17/2014 - 5:57 AM

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery

  • Firstly, I would say that degeneration of the spine is normal as we age.

    As for osteoarthritis, some people seem to suffer with it while others don't, even as they age. Perhaps they just don't have the pain.

    I am a fellow sufferer of osteoarthtitis/spondylolis in my neck and throughout my spine.

    When it was realised how much I had, I was asked if it is in my family.
    Osteoarthritis is in the family, but I am the only one to have needed to have spinal surgery because of it.
    I have had a lumbar fusion and also two levels of my neck fused.

    I also seem to have arthritis in both knees and my right hand.

    I am doing everything that I can to keep my joints moving, taking supplements and eating healthily and trying to lose weight. I suspect that things will deteriate as I get older, but I am trying hard to delay that!

    Are you able to get another opinion about your back and hip pain?

  • I have it in my cervical spine and lumber. I haven't been diagnosed with it in any other joints yet but most of them hurt and crack too, especially my knees (they crack and grind when I move them). I'm seeing a rheumatologist next month so hopefully I will find out more. I am not a doctor, and don't know much about osteoarthritis because I have only recently been diagnosed, but I am assuming that like myself, some people have joints that suffer wear and tear much quicker than others. The same as the soles on some shoes, some will last forever and others will wear thin quickly. Your neck is used all day to hold up and turn your head so it is likely to wear more than other joints in your back which probably don't move around as much, so hopefully it wont spread to the rest of it. My doctor referred me to see a specialist and I didn't even have to ask. You know your body best, if you are unhappy with the response you've received, find another doctor.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,846
    edited 04/18/2014 - 2:52 AM
    between Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). There is no known cure for OA, while medications can manage people dealing with RA.

    OA is the destruction of your joints. Slow for some, faster for others. Once I was diagnosed with OA, in less than 7 years, I had to have both of my shoulders and both of my hips totally replaced with implants due to the destruction caused by OA.

    It started in my neck, progressed to my shoulders, , moved on down to my hips and my doctors know it will just be a matter of time before my knees will need to be replaced.

    So, to answer your questions, OA can travel. Will it travel for everyone? So much depends on the root cause, you condition, possible genetics and other factors.

    For detailed information regarding arthritis, visit Spine-Health's sister site: http://www.arthritis-health.com/
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Great answer, Ron :)
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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