Re: Have I really got osteoarthritis of the spine/
I am 53 and in the same situation. It is true that everyone gets degeneration of the spine as they age, but some of us get more than others. My doctor told me that I have enough arthritis in my back and knees for 4 people!
I know how horrible the pain is. But, in my case, I also have 3 herniated discs in my neck and a bulging disc in my low back. It presses on nerves, and that's the sharp pain.
I wish I had an answer. The only other thing is you can be tested for autoimmune arthritis diseases, which my doctors thinks I have also. This is through blood tests.