I am a year down the line after being diagnosed with RA. Have had no major problems so far, and I don't have the typical symptoms of inflamed joints - but over the past 3 months or so, I've had a lot of pain in my upper spine, that's really been getting me down. After a visit to the Rheumatologist yesterday, they casually told me it is very unlikely to be RA causing the pain, so it must be 'wear and tear'. They didn't seem bothered in the slightest, but now I'm quite worried, because I don't think I should have wear and tear in my spine! I'm only 35, super healthy and super active and not overweight... has anyone else experienced pain in their spine? If so, what was the outcome??