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Dealing with Osteoarthritis

Started by gary10575 on 06/15/2010 11:47pm

I'm new here and wondering how others deal with the pain & suffering? I started having back problems, at the age of 18. By the time was in my mid 20's to early 30's, was diagnosed with Spinal Arthritis. Gone through so many doctors & specialists. 29 yrs later, just this past week, my new doctor
ordered back x-rays; since been 3 yrs. Results; Spinal Osteoarthritis & back in 2007, was just mild and 3 yrs later it became moderate.
What happens next? Severe level! Has anyone gone through the severe state? How do you deal with it? I was put on new meds and don't work.. I mean stronger than one can with stand. Only thing helps, is Flexril. I keep getting told that I am not a candidate for surgery. Has anyone had the same problems with their doctor?
Is there hope for us? I've just about given up after 29 yrs. of suffering. What does it take to convince someone that you feel or deserve back surgery?

Thank you for letting me get this off my chest! 'Cause when I returned home from work.. I totally lost it and crying & screaming.

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I just wanted to let you know that I am just starting on the road you have been down, but I think that there is more hope and help today than there has been. There are a lot of resources out there on dealing with pain, either with or without surgery. Have you seen this site yet:http://www.painfoundation.org

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No haven't been to the site, didn't know about it, thanks! Then went and booked marked it, so can look at it more closely.

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Don't give up...I know the pain can be unbearable at times. I have had several forms of arthritis for the past 32 years. My osteoarthritis pain took a sharp turn for the worse. I had pain that I could not stand in my lower back...it knocked the wind out of me. The x-rays showed degenerative disc and facet disease in the lumbar area...which is juat a fancy word for osteoarthritis, too. My rheumatologist ordered water therapy for me. My therapist then said that I also had spinal stenosis (this is a narrowing of the spinal canal, which can cause nerve-related problems). I am just starting to learn about this...but the water therapy is helping some. If for nothing, the warm water and weightlessness feels wonderful. The therapist said that I must build up my "core muscles" which I think are the mid section area. Medications have not been helpful with me either. Maybe consider water therapy if you have not tried that yet. But, please schedule with a therapist first because I have learned that it is NOT good to arch your back backwards.

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Sorry to read about your pain, I too have had off and on pain and swelling and its the worst!!! My arthritis specialist just recently gave me a steriod shot in my hip for my pain and swelling and it has done wonders for me in just a few short days. Since you are dealing with arthritic issues you may benefit from a specialist that can give you something for the inflamation. I notice when the inflamation is gone so is my pain but over the counter stuff like mortin does not phase it and muscle relaxers only take the edge off. You could also try physcial therapy, I do excercise everyday and keeping yourself active and strong overall helps, just know your limits and dont overdo it. Good luck to you and hope you get some relief soon!

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Gary,

I was told by a surgeon that surgery for arthritis is not a good idea at all because it just comes right back and with a vengence. He used mold as an example...You can scrape mold off of a rock but it's just gonna come back. All surgery for arthritis will do is cause scar tissue and arthritis to come back and that will lead to other problems. The only thing we can really do is medicate. Sorry hon, but that's what I've been told by a few doctors, but they can be wrong, and I sure hope someone out there is gonna prove them wrong so we can all get some relief!

Vent all you want hon...we are here for you!

Wendi

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Thank you to everyone for writing to me! Love to hear from others; whom have delt with this issue better than I have. And the encouragment you all have given me. The water therapy; should get in touch with friends. They have a pool & only 5 mins. from my house; between work & home.
Therapist say use 5 lb. weights to help strengthen my lower back. My problem is; don't stick to the exercises. So really need to get in touch w/my friends about using the pool this summer.

Hope one day very soon, they do find a cure! :)

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Sorry to hear you aren't getting relief.. I also have Osteoarthritis in the L5 region and I went to Chiropractors, Family Doctor, OrthoNeuro Specialists and now a Rheumatologist. They decided to give a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. I still have the severe back pain which everyone is ignoring and I am being treated for something I didn't even go to these doctors for. I have a six month followup with the Rheumaologist next week and some how I have to make him treat me for the Osteoarthritis. I hope you find some relief.

India

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Hi India; sorry havn't checked my blogs lately.
Wow.. go in for one thing & give you something new coming out. Odd?
Hope things work out for you too & the fact the RA treats you for the
right conditon.
Wish we all could get the relief we need from this disease!

Good luck & let me know what happens after seeing the RA.

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Is it a Neurologist that you are seeing? Most Doc's that I went to told me same thing, now I know they had no business telling me that. The proper test's had not been done, and really they weren't back doc's. Neurologist said I was a canidate for fusion.

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I had 2 back surgeries back in 1987 due to service connected accident (friend jumped up & down on my back while I was sleeping), anyway, I have recently been diagnosed with severe spinal stenosis, severe spondylosis and facet arthritis. Not much I can do at this point but if you can stop it from progressing to the severe stage, ie surgery, I would go for it. I'm not even a surgical candidate because they would have to fuse L2-L5 which they said would essentially fully disable me. Trust me, you don't want to reach the severe state. I can't even stand long enough to butter a couple pieces of bread or sit more than 30 min. Anything you can do I would do it. You don't want to reach the severe state. BTW, I'm only 44. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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