During the 1990s I suffered from back pain and had several MRI scans which revealed problems in my lumbar spine. These problems were treated by caudal steroid epidurals to relieve the pain. They were effective for a short period of time and enabled me to continue to play golf. In the early 2000s I had increasing difficulty in walking round the golf course so gave up golf and took up bowls. While I didn’t experience any pain I became aware that something was not quite right so I had another MRI scan which revealed a problem in my spine which was increasingly affecting my mobility. In 2009 I had surgery to remove the lamina on four vertibrae of my cervical spine. This was very effective in relieving the stenosis in my spinal cord. Three days later I was able to walk normally out of the hospital. However, I knew that something was still not quite right and several months later I tripped and fell in London and broke my humerus. No reason for my fall was found but in 2011 I was referred to a specialist who carried out a nerve conductivity examination (EMG). I was then referred to a neurological consultant who was convinced that I had IBM. Indeed, he was so convinced that he did not carry out a muscle biopsy which is normal practice in suspected myositis cases. That was in April 2012 when I was 80 years old. I have no idea if my earlier spinal problems have any relationship to my IBM and neither has my consultant.