Osteoarthritis: Let's connect and support each other

Posted by suez @suez, Oct 4, 2019

Hello. I’ve been told I have osteoarthritis in my hands and hip — very painful. So far, I’m taking only Tylenol or Advil limitedly, and using Voltaren Gel which helps a little. Does anyone else have this and if so, how are you being treated. Thanks!

@deborahfrick123 Hi That's what I do and I also posted in the o.a.group I now use a cream I like better then EMU cream After the warm water does it's thing I use Amish O.A. cream Besides taking Meloxicam

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I'm so happy to find this thread. I've been suffering with increasing arthritis for several years. It has come as a shock to me because I consider 63 to be young! My parents lived to 88 and 90, respectively and did not have serious arthritis.

About 10 years ago I began having lumbar back steroid injections at L4, L5, S1. Also a couple of ablations. I'm now on pretty regular schedule of these therapies, so flare ups aren't as frequent.

I had a total right knee replacement 2 years ago. The surgeon botched the job and the prosthesis failed. It took forever to find this truth! I had to have a complete revision of the R knee, done by a brilliant surgeon in Boston a year later. The right knee is still sore from time to time – painful on stairs and I can feel the L knee beginning to go.

Then there's the shoulder surgery I'm having on the 22nd of this month!

Needless to say I'm in chronic pain and my merciful PCP prescribes Oxycodone for me – without it I couldn't function. My persistent question is: is this the beginning of the end or just a blip from which I'll recover and get my active life back?

Wow that was, as my mother in law used to say, "a tale of woe." Thanks for letting me vent!

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@babette

I'm so happy to find this thread. I've been suffering with increasing arthritis for several years. It has come as a shock to me because I consider 63 to be young! My parents lived to 88 and 90, respectively and did not have serious arthritis.

About 10 years ago I began having lumbar back steroid injections at L4, L5, S1. Also a couple of ablations. I'm now on pretty regular schedule of these therapies, so flare ups aren't as frequent.

I had a total right knee replacement 2 years ago. The surgeon botched the job and the prosthesis failed. It took forever to find this truth! I had to have a complete revision of the R knee, done by a brilliant surgeon in Boston a year later. The right knee is still sore from time to time – painful on stairs and I can feel the L knee beginning to go.

Then there's the shoulder surgery I'm having on the 22nd of this month!

Needless to say I'm in chronic pain and my merciful PCP prescribes Oxycodone for me – without it I couldn't function. My persistent question is: is this the beginning of the end or just a blip from which I'll recover and get my active life back?

Wow that was, as my mother in law used to say, "a tale of woe." Thanks for letting me vent!

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Vent anytime, @babette. You sure have been through a lot. I hope what you are going through is just a blip, but of course only your doctors can really answer that question.

Is the shoulder surgery a replacement or something less serious? Whichever it is I hope it goes well.
JK

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@anniebrook

Hi, I have had fibro since I was 29yrs old ( ('m 66 now). I then started with osteoarthritis in every joint in my hands/wrists in my 40's. In my 50's my spine started to affected so got a referal to the local pain clinic. About 3 yrs ago my hip and groin became so paifnul I could hardly lift my leg to walk or put weight on my other leg that was staking my weight,to get in my SUV I had to physically lift my 1st leg to get in. Anyways it turned out there are muscles that go from low back through the hip into the groin called 'Psoas' in my case it is short probably through sitting too much now I'm retired. The Dr at the pain clinic suggested 'Ablation' and hey presto I feel so much better,not perfect but no more pain in hip and groin. The nerves do grow back so the 1st one lasted a whole yr then the 2nd lasted 16mths.I just had my 3rd one and although the nerve is still a bit irritated and it can take up to 6 weeks but still I can walk now. Good luck

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@anniebrook You sound like me with my o.a. I've tried to make appointment with pain Dr but he isn't in but I'm going to ask him about ablation as my pain area in groin is worse now Glad to hear you found some relieve

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@lioness

@deborahfrick123 Hi That's what I do and I also posted in the o.a.group I now use a cream I like better then EMU cream After the warm water does it's thing I use Amish O.A. cream Besides taking Meloxicam

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@migizii I have OA in multiple areas but presently my hands are problematic along with my left hip, while my left foot is healing from fusion surgery. Anyway, my rheumatologist suggested tryin IMAK arthritis compression gloves for sleeping as they might have less swelling in the morning….this will be the latest idea for pain relief without resorting to another cortisol shot.

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I recently joined a few weeks ago. I am 61(disabled since 2003 after 6 yr. battle). I have OA in my feet, ankles, knees, hips, neck elbows, entire spine/neck and hands. The add in fibromyalgia. I do have other health issues but this is the worst. I have been doing everything I can to delay spine surgery. Anyway, I finally got a Dr. referral to an Ortho-Spine clinic. No appt. yet. I have been in BAD shape for a long time and can barely walk any distance at all without sitting down. Call me "Hobbling old lady". I have no idea what is in store for me at this new place. I am sure they will push therapy on me which I have done off and on since the 80's. IT NEVER HAS HELPED.

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I'm shocked it took me this long to wake up.Basically my major physical difficulties are from osteoarthritis. 77 yrs ago when I was born the doctor used forceps twisting my body to birth me. Unknown until my left hip replacement using computer aided surgery in 2006 the surgeon told me that my pelvis was deformed osteoarthritis destroyed my hip ball and my femur was a half inch shorter than the right. So I had stopped stumbling was able to move freely and started losing weight. Eating healthier but also taking 14 different medications. Knee replacement and revision and four foot surgeries later and 200 lb later I had a revelation. The right side of my pelvis has hurt for more than fourteen.years. I had disability retirement from continuous trauma to my hands and wrists. Injuries to both shoulders etc etc. Even fibro is connected.everything is connected. I'm down to only two meds for breathing and BiPap for thirty yrs. My big push now is to use food to lower my pain. My food allergies are eggs and dairy which gave me a head start. Turmeric ginger and cayenne pepper make power treatment for inflammation. Curcumin is in turmeric. There are many herbs and spices that have antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Rather than bore you further I have a long list of beneficial herbs and spices that have highly beneficial properties. Also have been using recipes to incorporate these in my diet. Not vegan I eat salmon and chicken lots of chickpeas and whole grains. I want to spend my money on healthy foods not OTC bottles and jars that imitate the properties of real food. There is a place for meds for intense pain. I use extra strength Tylenol occasionally at night to sleep.
Hope this gains some interest.Lolaemma

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@lolaemma
Hi,
Oh boy did you speak to me! I have been saying for years, and posted many times in different groups on this forum , about the relation of food to good health in general I have given people examples of anti inflammatory “diets” to several people that have asked me why I have no pain or joint stiffness at my age (79) or take any medications other than vitamins.

I try to eat a lot of plant based foods, fish and chicken…little red meat , no processed foods (maybe organic bacon in a blue moon) and hardly any gluten. I watch the sugar because of my sweet tooth. I have told people to give their white bread and crackers to the birds. I don’t deprive myself at all and if I want a pizza I will have one. Exercise is a part of my life too.

You are what you eat and if you don’t put the right fuel into your body then your body will rebel. Then you get used to feeling the way you do. Adopting the right way to eat requires reading and research about what foods do what to your body. Everything from your eyelashes down to your toenails, and every organ in your body is affected by what you eat. It is not a lazy person’s approach to food and needs refining and rethinking as you age. Just doing the basics (which are easy enough to goggle) will result in a drop in the obesity epidemic in this country which leads to diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other illnesses and diseases. I personally know of some success stories of people who literally transformed themselves and rid themselves of some debilitating medical problems and diseases because they listened and read and started to change.

There is no one “diet” .You can eat healthy while still following any dietary restrictions and still take supplements. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. You will feel better, more energetic, be less sedentary and, if necessary lose weight and get off of some pain meds . But you have to do the research first.
These are not fads or the most popular diets at the moment. This food approach is the way we should be eating and have eaten in our evolutionary past but we have gone astray and I blame the food industry and the pharmaceutical Industry for a lot of the problems.

I am thrilled to have someone like you who posted your wake up call and is on the right path. BTW , turmeric circumin and ginger are really potent anti oxidants as you pointed out. If people choose to get their benefits as a supplement then they should research the best supplements . All vitamins and supplements are not created equal.

This is one of my favorite topics and I hope you post some “blow by blow” results so others can read of your success and be inspired.

Regards from FL Mary

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Hello, I am participating in occupation therapy and physical therapy at Revive Rehab . It has helped my hip. Myofascial release has been helpful.

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I also have osteoarthritis in every joint including neck and jaw issues plus tendinitis of both shoulders. My feet are the most painful. After multiple injuries and surgeries I'm also hobbling. Currently under control enough to not take medication. However I have fibro and my long muscles in right thigh and both upper arms. Doctors tell me that duh I don't know what to do. QiGong healing form had been wonderful to relieve tightened muscles. However I have no transportation and the senior bus and Center are not operating. Ayurvedic medicine is helpful but it's difficult to put power spices ginger turmeric and cayenne in foods everyday. When I do my fingers are warm and less painful.Frankly no lotion or cream doesn't do anything but warm the painful areas. Recently I looked up the OTC preparations mentioned and the prices. Too much for too little. As mentioned earlier I also learned how to do the hand flowing motion and it helps. Living alone with a shelter pup she's a therapy dog and makes me walk outside every day. Right now I'm limping with a sprained ankle and ligament previously injured. I do have a question. What is there that works for fibro?

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@lolaemma

I also have osteoarthritis in every joint including neck and jaw issues plus tendinitis of both shoulders. My feet are the most painful. After multiple injuries and surgeries I'm also hobbling. Currently under control enough to not take medication. However I have fibro and my long muscles in right thigh and both upper arms. Doctors tell me that duh I don't know what to do. QiGong healing form had been wonderful to relieve tightened muscles. However I have no transportation and the senior bus and Center are not operating. Ayurvedic medicine is helpful but it's difficult to put power spices ginger turmeric and cayenne in foods everyday. When I do my fingers are warm and less painful.Frankly no lotion or cream doesn't do anything but warm the painful areas. Recently I looked up the OTC preparations mentioned and the prices. Too much for too little. As mentioned earlier I also learned how to do the hand flowing motion and it helps. Living alone with a shelter pup she's a therapy dog and makes me walk outside every day. Right now I'm limping with a sprained ankle and ligament previously injured. I do have a question. What is there that works for fibro?

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@lolaemma I also have O.A. all through me plus fibromyalgia since the 90,s What I have found that helps me is doing isometric exercises first then light exercise . I learned this at a fibro clinic when I first got it . Since then Epsom salts do wonders , a hot shower when you hurt all over, Emu oil ointment , Amish Arthritis cream is also good . I have Tramadol when I just cant stand the pain. Aleve helps otherwise. Ice for O.A. Hope some of this helps you Its just a number of tools you have to find which helps you . I found on youtube a lot of Qigong and Tai Chi which is what I do . Hope you find what will work for you. Good luck

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@lioness

@lolaemma I also have O.A. all through me plus fibromyalgia since the 90,s What I have found that helps me is doing isometric exercises first then light exercise . I learned this at a fibro clinic when I first got it . Since then Epsom salts do wonders , a hot shower when you hurt all over, Emu oil ointment , Amish Arthritis cream is also good . I have Tramadol when I just cant stand the pain. Aleve helps otherwise. Ice for O.A. Hope some of this helps you Its just a number of tools you have to find which helps you . I found on youtube a lot of Qigong and Tai Chi which is what I do . Hope you find what will work for you. Good luck

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Thank you it didn't occur to me to look online for QiGong. I can't do Tai Chi again yet need to gently get stretches going.

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