My doctor’s office called me last week and told me that I had arthritis in my lower back along with degenerative disc disease. I went this morning and picked up a copy of my MRI report from the hospital (a habit I have gotten into since going through disabiilty) and the report says nothing about arthritis. It just says that I have moderately severe degenerative disc disease at L5/S1. So now I am confused. I go to the doctor on Thursday and find out where the arthritis diagnosis came from. Maybe she received more information than what my copy of the report showed.
So my question is….is degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same thing? Is it arthritis that causes degenerative disc disease or does DDD cause arthritis? I have done some online searches on degenerative disc disease and from what I understand there seems to be a connection but I’m not completely sure. Let me know if you have any idea by commenting.