I've felt for a number of years that I could speak about the various spinal problems, disc related issues, the conditions, the treatments and more. That came only with years of experience and living through it.
Its only been in the past 10 years, that I've started to learn so much more about arthritis.
Most of the time when we hear about arthritis, we think about it in terms of people that are older which seems more normal. Its almost to the point where we shouldn't have any problems with arthritis when we are younger.
Wrong. The more you get to know about all the different types of arthritis, the more you will begin to understand that it is not a disease for the elderly only
There are several factors that can bring on OA earlier in age:
- Trauma (accidents)
- Spinal surgeries
- Genetic situation
When I first started showing masses of arthritis in my shoulders and hips (back in 2004/5), I didnt give it much thought.
Since then I've come to realize just how devastating, arthritis can be. I tried for 3 years with steroid injections in my shoulders to slow down the constant deterioration of bone/tendon/muscles from arthritis. I lost! I had both of my shoulders completely replaced in 2010. Right now, I am looking at having both of my hips replaced within the next 9 months, and after that, it will be my knees.
My doctors see that, they know its going to happen, but they just cant understand why in some people once arthritis takes over, it spread so rapidly throughout the body destroying all joints. To me, that has scarier than dealing with the pain and discomfort. Sure, its not the same as having a disc impinging on a nerve root that can potentially lead to permanent nerve damage. But just start living with advance arthritis and you know all that it can do.
I dont understand it all, but I do realize it is happening. I know I can not stop it, my doctors have told me I cant stop it, we all know its just a matter of time for the next joint surgery, so what do I do in the meantime? The best I can do is to try to slow it down the
advancement and progression of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is not like Rheumatoid arthritis, where there are medications to control it. Today, the medical field does not know how to control Osteoarthritis. But in a lot of the research I have done, plus the help of my physiatrist, I am looking into specific foods, natural everyday elements that can help slow things down.
Its become a challenge for me, sort of a game. Those of you that know me, know that this is with everything else is not going to bring me down. Its just another obstacle to overcome. And you know with positive attitude, strong values and help of others like members on this site, we can do do very much, things we may not of though being possible.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences