After obtaining a chest X-ray (due to repeat respiratory illiness), it was noted on the report "small osteophytes noted along the spine. Mild degenerative change of the spine". I am wondering if at my age (38), this is normal or is this something I need to look into. I have had increased back pain (on and off) in the chest area and lumbar area over the past year with numbness in my foot. I have had repeated respiratory/sinus issues over the past three months and have had out of range white blood cell counts for over a year. I have a family history of arthritis (osteoarthritis for my mother at 45 yr. old, rheumatoid arthritis for my aunt at 36 yrs. old).
I do have Chiari Malfornia w/ syrinx (C2-C6) and have had two decompression surgeries. I have post operative nerve pain associated with that (arms, neck, shouldars) and have been treated for occipital neuralgia.
Is the osteophyte developement at my age normal? I am unsure what type of doctor (if any) that I should see regarding this issue.