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Arthritis

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,040
This seems to have always been a condition that we expect to have as we get into our later golden years.
But for spinal patients, this condition happens so much earlier and can get into advanced stages so quickly.
I was really shocked to read that there are over 100 different types of arthritis.
We know the common ones:

Osteoarthritis Swelling and painful joints and stiffness. Normally called Degenerative Arthritis

Rheumatoid Is a chronic disease that can come and go and each person may be affected differently

I believe , but I could be wrong, that the Osteoarthritis would be the most common for the Spinal patients.

Either way, arthritis can become very crippling. The pain and stiffness associated with it combined with other spinal problems really can play havoc.

How have you be impacted?
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,040
    20 years ago I started with the first signs of Arthritis. Each year it seemed to progress. Luckily, this was centered in my shoulders and knees and didnt really stop me. About 5 years ago I started with
    painful shoulder problems. The shoulder specialist
    said after looking at X-rays, that there was advancing
    Arthritis, so he did deep cortisone shots which helped
    eliminate the pain
    This past year the pain started again but it was more intense. I can no longer lift my arms more than 90 degrees up... So basically I can only form a "T"
    With help and pain, I can lift them higher. Physical Therapy made it worse which resulted in increased cervical and thoracic problems. It caused a set back in my spinal condition. My muscles were back to being too tight. I went back to the same shoulder doctor and he took new X-Rays. This time, he said that the Arthritis had progressed so far that my shoulder joints were basically bone to bone.
    He recommended a complete shoulder replacement.

    By no means is that a simple procedure! But beyond that, doing this would disrupt and really cause major problems on the muscles that have been improving in my cervical and thoracic area. So, even with a shoulder replacement surgery, that might help, but then I would be degraded I dont know how far in terms of my muscles helping with my spinal situations. So, for me, Ok, I just dont lift my arms more than 90 degrees. Some day, and I have no idea when this will get worse and I guess to the point where I will have to have something done.

    Meanwhile, Cortisone injections every 6 months seems to be the only answer
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Ron,
    I can only imagine what you must have had to go through. I too, know a little something about arthritis. I was diagnosed with Anklosing Spondilitis. It is connected with an autoimmune disorder which I was also recently diagnosed with. And with that Bechets Disease, because of recurring mouth sores. Also with Bechets Disease ( not sure of spelling), it can also affect the joints, knees, ankles,and wrists. I have been lucky haven't had a problem with those joints giving much trouble. Most of my arthritis is in my lower back in the S.I. joint area. I have felt is some in my shoulders, and elbows. Not long ago was given a cortizone shot in my left shoulder. And so far, I am doing good.
    Sorry to hear of your troubles, but hope you are doing better now. Do take care. :)))
  • I was first dx'ed with arthritis in my 20's.My surgeon told me this was to be expected and that it comes shortly after surgery on the bones.My first bone surgery was age 23,and arthritis quickly followed.Of course the Dr didn't tell me about the arthritis until I started getting symptoms..and we didn't have the internet in 83,at least I didn't.I didn't research,or even THINK to research post surgery issues back in my younger days.

    I used to go into the Dr (way back then) about every 3 months,and he would put a numbing agent on my feet.He didn't want to give injections because he said that I would "walk different and worsen my feet issues",so for the day of the numbing agent,and a little of the next day..it felt as though I were walking on air.I loved those appts.Now.when I look back,I realise what a mistake that Dr was.

    But....I eventually found a good surgeon.

    Arthritis ..I sure didn't think it was going to be like this.It sounds so vague,so...nothing,you know?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,040
    Robin, you and me go back to some of the earlier days when information was alays that easy to come by. But luckily we have both keep you and mind and will remain that way.
    Ok, Arthritis.... TO me all these years that meant somone in their 60's or 70's not being able to move their fingers that well. that was the extend...
    But we know and live so mcuh more of what this chronic disease is all about.
    at this point, its almost like just putting another notch in our medical problem stick
    Thought I did know that you will get through this, just as you have been doing and like I try to do everyday.
    Robin, thanks for all of your inputs
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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