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arthritis pain

AllegroLadyAAllegroLady Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm new to this forum. Been reading some of the other posts and finding it hard to feel sorry for myself. Like many others here I've had multiple back surgeries, with both good and bad outcomes. My most recent diagnosis is "arachnoiditis", and I'm taking a whole pharmacy of drugs to control pain from that condition.

Now arthritis is on the attack. I always thought that arthritis would progress slowly, but for me it's not working that way. I'm hearing from new joints almost on a weekly basis.

Thank goodness for my little cockapoo, Abbie! She sleeps with me and wakes me up at 7AM. I get up and take the morning mess of pills and then Abbie keeps me from getting back in bed. So I'm up for the day. Later on we go for a long walk or maybe two. Without her it would be tough to stay active.

As an alternative to all the pills my doctor has suggested a spinal cord stimulator. Has anyone had any experience with one of those?

That's enough for this post. I hope to hear from other members of this forum.



  • Hi and welcome :wave:

    I too have the nasty A in most of my joints. I had both my knees replaced this year in part due to it.

    I have bone spurs and other joint issues as well.

    There are a few people here with a SCS, hopefully they will find your post and respond. I do know that the ones I know of really like theirs.

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i see that you are a dog lover!! i have a boxer/pit that is a big baby and just loves to have her back rubbed!! i am sorry to read that you are battling arthritis..good luck as you seek pain relief!! please drop in anytime to the forum. there is always a spiney around! Jenny :)

  • Hi Jenny and Ms Humpty and thanks for the kind welcome. Ms Humpty, can you tell me about your double knee replacement? Both at the same time?! How long did it take to recover from that? Or did I misunderstand, and you didn't have both knees done as one surgical procedure?

    Jenny, I do love my little Abbie! My husband, Emmet is very nice too, but Abbie's my little companion. We live in a rural area, have 5 cats, four horses and Abbie. My cat, Yoshi, is pictured at the top of this post.

    "Life is short and pain is long." I don't know who first said that, but he nailed it. Getting older means hurting more. Jenny, why are you a member of this group? Is your condition improving, I hope? I'd like to hear your story.

  • No misunderstanding ;) I had both knees done the same day. I have NO regrets doing it this way.

    4 hrs after surgery I was up and walking. 48 hrs after I went home :D

    7 weeks until I was driving again but they tell me it is about 7 weeks for 1 knee.

    Everyone who took care of me and was involved said I did super great - patting myself on my back lol ;)

    I knew I needed them both done and knew it was about a 7 week recovery for each one, so I thought I did not want to lay around the 1st seven weeks knowing I had to do it all over again in a few months.

    Next winter I am getting both my hips replaced at the same time. Surgeon has agreed to do it as of how well I did my knee recovery.

    My new knees did help my hip pain so i may be able to hold off for a bit longer - we will see how this winter treats my bones. I live in the state of pa and it gets pretty cold here. However my back remains the same :( Everyone was really hoping my back would improve with my new knees.

    Do you still ride? I doubt I will ever get on a horse again with my back. I never was a rider per say but my daughter had 2 horses and took lessons for years, so we are/were a horse family.

    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    Arthritis (specially Osteoarthritis) is a condition that impacts so many individuals.
    WE always thought that this was something for old age, but its clear that it can start at much younger ages.

    For spinal patients, arthritis is something that is almost inevitable. I had my first spinal surgery in 1978 and by 1994 via bone scans there were clear areas of arthritis in my joints.

    By the start of the 2000's I started with a lot of shoulder pain. I had three years of steroid injections which kept things ok. But by 2009, the doctors did not want to give me any more steroids and knew that complete shoulder replacements were the only solution. Arthritis had ripped into my joints creating bone on bone situations and fraying muscles and tendons. I had both shoulders replaced in 2010.

    Arthritis has continued..... I am now heading for the first total hip replacement. The next one should be done sometime in the next 6 months.

    My doctor made it clear that within a few years my knees will also need to be replaced.

    All caused by arthritis destroying the joints. It started out slowly, but now has been on an accelerated pause. None of my doctors can really explain the rapid deterioration. And right now, there is no cure for osteoarthritis. The only thing that I've been told is to try some various foods that MAY slow it down.

    So, I just make the best of it all. I do know that after my shoulders were replaced, I know have zero pain and have more range of motion than I had for almost 15 years.

    For more detailed information, take a look at the sister site of Spine-Health:

    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
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. I'm glad you've already started mingling with the other members - I think you'll like it here. There's also a ton of information throughout the site that we refer to often.

    I'm sorry to hear about the arachnoiditis, I hear it's very painful. Then add the arthritis, ouch. As most here, I have arthritis in my spine, but my other joints have been spared so far.

    I'm glad about your Abbie. My corgi, Wally, keeps moving too. I loved your statement about your husband - I think many of us understand. :-)

    Anyway, take care and enjoy the forums. All the members are very understanding, knowledgeable and supportive. We're glad to have you here.

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