February 14, 2011 - 10:29am
Hi, I am a 29 year old married, mother of 3. My children are 4, 5, and 6. I was diagnosed in Oct 2010 with lumbosacral arthritis which has the beginnings of spinal stenosis. I went to the doctor originally because I was having sciatic pain down my right leg which I also had during my last pregnancy. The doctor did an x-ray and discovered I had osteoarthritis. He said this arthritis is common, but in people over the age of 50. I never played sports and am not overweight. I work out on a regular basis and watch what I eat. I actually weigh less than before I had children. My doctor basically said there was not a whole lot he could do since I am so young, he cannot give me long-term medication. I'm terrified to think of how I am going to walk when I'm older. I'm in pain most of the day. When I wake up in the morning, I am so stiff and can barely bend over. My mother had arthritis in her hands when she was 19 and my grandmother had lumbosacral arthritis her whole life. I guess I just want to vent about it and share my fears with others. Right now I get a steroid shot every 3 months and take ibuprofen all day. If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate it. Thanks for reading.