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Arthritis pain - Is it 24/7?

maddysmommmaddysmom Posts: 137
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
I have neck and shoulder arthritis from a car accident and I hurt all the time. I always thought arthritis was minor type pain that just flared up when you "over did it." I couldn't have been more wrong. I'm trying to manage it, but it's always with me. Once in a blue moon I can have what I call a "decent" day. It's 20 degrees here in Ohio and I'm hurting!


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,839
    Arthritis can be crippling at times.
    For some people it only happens once in a while for others its almost a daily routine.

    Also, where the arthritis is also plays a big role.
    I dont want to minimize anyone's problems, but to me (since I have it all) arthritis in the hands is a lot easier to handle than arthritis in the shoulder. Arthritis in the shoulder is harder to handle than arthritis in the knees.

    And to what degree is the arthritis? Only through X-Rays, Bone Scans and MRI's can the extent of someone's arthritis be fully identified.

    Luckily in most cases, arthritis can be handled using OTC medications and some moist heat. More severe cases may require therapy. The worst scenarios require surgery.

    I have arthritis in almost all my joints, mostly shoulder and knees. This was a result of the multiple surgeries I have had. That along with some early too-violent sport programs and not taking great care of myself just moved the arthritis along faster and further. My mother is 85 and she has only a 50th of the arthritis that I have.

    So, sure for some its 24/7, for others there are better days. Weather and physical activity always play a role in determining that.
    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
  • The other day it started out raining and then turned to snow.I spent over half the day in bed.I just didn't want to move my body was aching so bad.I have arthritis in my shoulders,spine,knees and ankle.I also have bursitis in my hips.I do take OTC meds.sometimes they help and sometimes they don't. I'm sure i should probably see a rhuematologist but i have so many other problems to address that the arthritis is being overlooked at the moment.
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