Patient Stories: When Ron Was First Diagnosed with Osteoarthritis

Video Transcript

The first time was in 2000—that’s when I had the bone scan, and that was because I’d started having problems with my shoulder. So that was the original diagnosis of osteoarthritis, but it wasn’t until 2006—so it was 4 or 5 years later—that I really started being impacted by osteoarthritis.

Up until then, most of the doctors just figured it was because of all of the herniated discs I had, the spinal stenosis, the degenerated disc problems, everything else associated with it, they sort of thought that the osteoarthritis was not present because there were so many other problems going on at the same time. I couldn’t distinguish pain from osteoarthritis or my back, so, that’s really what happened.