welcome & good to have you! car crash? hmmm? in my opinion (and by no means does it have to count ) if an arthritis is localized to just one area and is caused or was thought to be caused by trauma...it could be osteoarthritis. for example, an injured athlete's knee? will most likely get OsteoArthritis.
is it anywhere else in the body? and remember that RA is an autoimmune disease which acts more like Lupus than just a localized osteoarthritis from wear and tear (which is a normal aging process). and then again, there are people who have OA and RA too.
specific to the spine or types like Ankylosing Spondylitis. i would really urge the doc to explain himself thoroughly to you. if it is an autoimmune disease, that's something that SHOULD NOT be left hanging in the air without you knowing.
when's your next appt with the doc?
take care & rest your back.
Post Edited (Marius123) : 10/19/2006 6:07:30 PM (GMT-6)
Ah, spinal OA sorry. Ugh...never easy. And YEAH...I wanna rewind like 10 years!
Do you have pain management for any back/spine pain beside the spinal injections? And if so, is it effective...what you are taking for pain? I would recommend, when you get time, to seek a spine specialist.
They have nifty tricks up their white coat sleeves.
Talk to you soon....keep us posted on how you are doing.
I have osteoarthritis in my spine and have gone through the epidural steroid injections this past spring. I had 3 injections over 6 weeks. For me, they wore off one month after the 3rd injection - but this does not apply to everyone. For some people, it gives them relief for years (and I guess it also depends on the problem and severity). I should also mention that I had the injections due to herniated & torn discs and the shots did help that problem, even after they wore off, my sciatica did not return. But I also have severe lumbar stenosis, which was due, in part, from the OA. Early on, I would have some days where it flared up pretty badly but there's no way to say when or how long anyone's would flare up. As my stenosis worsened, my pain was all the time and only got worse..but my OA definitely flares up more in rainy weather and humid weather. I also have lupus with arthritis and there is no way for me to know when that will flare up....but that happens in my other joints such as ankels, knees, hands.