A year after giving birth to her third child, Teresa Shaffer began to feel excruciating pain in her back. An MRI revealed that the cushiony disks in her back were deteriorating, a sign of osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that typically arises much later in life. She was only 24. “Because I was so young, the doctor didn’t believe I had the disease,” says Shaffer, now 46. He told her to take OTC pain relievers.
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