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Osteoarthritis

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Comment from: Bill 58 golfer, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 29

I have had osteoarthritis in my lower back and hands since my late 20s. Now it's in my knees too. Physical therapy and stretching exercises help keep me moving around and somewhat functional. The pain medication hydrocodone is a great relief for the constant and debilitating pain associated with this condition. Be sure to keep exercising and follow the doctor's advice.

Comment from: Tjom, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 04

I've had two knee replacements and one hip because of osteoarthritis, and now my finger tips are enlarged with bad angles with extreme pain. I have seen a specialist and do not have rheumatoid arthritis or other blood related arthritis. The doctors still can't tell me why my joints are doing what they are doing.

Comment from: Olay, 55-64 (Patient) Published: August 05

I have had two knee replacements on both left and right knees. I have also had both left and right hips replaced. You know you need the surgery when the pain is so bad for each joint that you can barely move. For my hip surgeries the physician did not cut through the groin. He went through the rear hips, so he did not have to cut the groin area and the healing was much easier. I think he only had to stretch the muscles.

Comment from: Koala_Bear, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

Last year at age 57 I began having severe knee pain, so bad I could hardly walk. My orthopedic surgeon agreed that I should try physical therapy. I went twice a week with cycling, stretching, and leg exercises to strengthen the other muscles groups. Later we added short elliptical workouts and I do some yoga at home.

Comment from: thabull_46, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

My osteoarthritis was first diagnosed in both shoulders when I was in my 30s. Since then it has traveled down my entire spine and is now affecting the joints of my fingers. My doctor put me on pain medication, but he also gave me a TENS unit. This is a small machine, about the size of a cell phone that you can carry on your waist band. It sends vibrating signals into my spine and the muscle seizures really settle down.

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

A tennis player, I am now 57 and the only relief I could get from my osteoarthritis was surgery for both of my big toes. The surgeon inserted a pin to separate the 2 bones from rubbing together, but this has created a stiffer toe but is still a better alternative to my former condition. As I am a female, stiletto heels are fashionable and make me look taller, they are unfortunately a no-no anymore for me.

Comment from: jose, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 06

I'm 52, very active with the lower part of my body, having run some 30 marathons with no problems or incidents and finished them all. My job is always been very physically demanding, as a bus mechanic, but never had accidents or major injuries. In 2007, one morning as I tried to get out of bed to go to work, my neck and right upper extremity were moving as a unit, as I struggled to brush my teeth, as I moved my arm, my head had to move in that same direction and also my fingers were in a locked position as of holding a cup at all times. So, that is the beginning of my chronic OA, since then I have twice switched therapists.

Comment from: Elle, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I experienced pain in my hips and an inability to move my legs, particularly my left leg in certain ways. Sometimes my left leg gives way. This had been getting worse over the last couple of years. I tried yoga, Pilates, stretching, and saw no difference. Mentioned this to my Nurse Practitioner and she sent me for a CT scan. It showed severe degenerative osteoarthritis and bone spurring. I have always walked a lot until recently. I wonder is that has anything to do with this condition developing.

Published: October 31

So far I have not received any treatment other than to take tramadol for pain.

Comment from: Bill, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

I am 54 and have osteoarthritis in both knees and both hips. I am in the foodservice industry and have been very limited in my ability to perform my normal activities. I am presently in week five of a 12-week treatment program in Toronto. Results are coming in slowly but positively. The treatment is corporeal shockwave therapy. I have treatments twice per week and I am now able to carry things up stairs and have seen more mobility in my knees.

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Comment from: Kronicpain, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

I was diagnosed with OA of the right hip one year ago at age 44. The orthopedic surgeon said it is degenerative OA with spurs and a cyst. The surgeon said I was too heavy and too young for hip replacement and he wanted to wait until I am closer to 50.

Comment from: Godwin, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I suffer from severe pain on my shoulder joints for over three years now. I had an X-ray about two weeks ago and the Consultant Radiologist diagnosed osteoarthritis. I am on continuous use of Diclofenac Potassium medicine and I am just getting very slight relief but the pain still remains excruciating.

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