do you see a rheumatalogist or an orthopedic for your problem? degeneration of the discs, (if that's what we are talking about) sometimes come from OA...and could lead to the loss of that cushion separating the vertebra. there is also a form of arthritis which is of the spondylitis form. you might hear of ankylosing spondylitis...where the bony parts of the spine and all kinda fuse together.
i have to read more about laminectomies for i'm not too familiar, maybe i can find some accredited info and some good tips for relief.
i do feel however that any spinal bone on bone will cause pain, stiffness and discomfort. and arthritis can unfortunitley hit @ any age. :(
also..thanks Norman for researching! are you from the UK??
Ellie, i wish you well & will be in touch soon. i hope a Dr finds some answers for you!