Hi all, I'm a 50 year old female. I've had raynaud's since my teenage years, degenerative disc disease in my spine for about 10 years, multiple food intolerances for 6 years and mild chronic kidney disease for about a year. I'm actually pretty fit and healthy, despite that list. I'm a healthy weight, exercise regularly (walk, swim, Pilates), don't smoke or drink and eat a healthy, balanced diet. However, recently I've developed OA in my fingers (about a year ago) and now I think I've got it in my knees (very painful). I'm waiting for the results of an X-ray by I wouldn't be surprised as it runs down the female line of my family.
My nan, her mum, and my aunt were all crippled by OA mainly in the knees and hands and I'm very worried I'm going down that route.
My question is this - if my GP tells me there's evidence of OA on the X-rays, do I just accept it and wait for the inevitable or should I seek the advice of a specialist to try and help with preventative measures so I don't end up like my nan? My GP has indicated that there's not a lot I can do if it is OA, but I thought I'd check here with people who've been through this. I'm in the UK and I have private healthcare insurance. Thanks in advance