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Posted by Pat G. on October 10, 2000 at 17:33:39:

In Reply to: Spinal Arthritis posted by Robin Mark on October 09, 2000 at 10:11:17:

: Hello, I am writing because my mother just discovered she has spinal Arthritis. I would like to know what her treatment options are and is there a cure without surgery? Also, what are the systoms of the disease. Thank you
Dear Robin:
I am a 51 year old woman with spinal ostheoarthritis. Is ostheoarthritis the type of arthritis your mother has? If so, that is the type I have. There is no cure for arthritis, as far as I know. I would suggest your mother get information from the Arthritis Foundation. I joined when I found out I had it several years ago. I am considered young to have this problem. The Arthritis Foundation sends a magazine and a few other publications for $20 per year. They often try to get additional donations, but $20 is all I can afford since I am 100% disabled due to the spinal arthritis and I am on social security. If your mom can walk okay, walking is the best thing for spinal arthritis. I am talking about ostheoarthritis, as that is what I have and that is the only kind of arthritis I am familiar with. There are many kinds of arthritis. I have it in my low back and neck (and who knows where else; those are the areas I have had x-rayed). I get burning, poking, aching types of pain with it. I get it in the spine only at times, but usually it affects my legs and arms with the same type of pain, as described above. Find out what kind of arthritis your mom has, and if you have any further questions, I look at these sites all the times. Feel free to E-mail me personally at [email protected] or write to me on this site. Take care, Pat G.

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