I am a 61 year old man who never experienced much spinal pain in the past until around Christmas when I simply pushed up in bed with my arms (like doing a push-up). Suddenly I felt a flash of pain proceed down my shoulders and upper arm. Since then I oscillate between having no pain and then suddenly pain proceeding down the shoulder and arms, usually with pins and needles. When my doctor saw my cervical x-ray it was obvious to him that I had a degenerative arthritis which can be seen as a reduction in spacing in the c5 and c6 area, with less than 1/4 of the space in the C4 and above. The shape of the cervical spine looks like a question mark with the upper region curved and then a "kink" where the spine suddenly heads in a straight direction. That kink is right at the c5-c6 area of course.
I am a newbie to this forum and there are two things I noticed that I would like to comment on. I was wondering why so few forum participants were my age or older. Certainly the majority of the spinal issues are occuring in that group. Naturally the younger participants have bona fide conditions but mostly from accidents and other trauma.
Also I notice that there are no links to photos of xrays or other documentation. Perhaps someone would care to comment so I start off on the right foot here..