Hi everyone, I've been type one since the age of 10 and I'm 47 now. For at least a year I've been suffering from lower back pain, and in the last 4 months it has been so bad I've been unable to do many every day things such as gardening, walking more than half an hour at a time etc Basically my quality of life has deteriorated. I'm in constant pain and it effects my sleeping too. Initially my GP sent me for physio, then I had acupuncture, I've even paid to see a specialist too, but nobody could give a clear diagnosis. Eventually I was referred to IMATS (muscular specialists) and following an MRI scan I've been told there are 'changes' in my lower back and sadly there is no solution apart from pain and cortisone injections. I was told if it had been my knee or hip it could have been replaced, but not my lower back. ''Is this arthritis?'' I asked, and reluctantly I was told it was. This diagnosis has sunk in over night, and yet again I've had a terrible night's sleep due to pain, I wake up feeling unrefreshed and with this constant dull ache and pain. I feel quite devastated today, it looks like I have to live with this for the rest of my life. I'm only 47 and have a child of 11, I am a teaching assistant therefore I'm on the go all the time when I'm at work. Strong medication dulls the pain but I pay the consequences. I was wondering if any other type 1s have been diagnosed with arthritis at a young age? Thank you in advance.