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Signiciant Osteoarthritis

I am a new member and have a question that I cannot get an answer from my doctors (yet). I have Osteoarthritis in all my major joints (ankles, knees, facet joints, hips, wrists, elbows) as well as in my hands a feet. I cannoy get anyone to tell me the cause. It is obvously not wear related as it is every where, and it seems to be getting worse. ( I have had two bone scans in the last year which have shown progression). Any thoughts from anyone? I am taking Lyrica and Tramadol and it is not doing the job any more. My GP and Rhymatologist are saying I can expect to be totally debilitated in the not so distant future. I want to do whatever I can to slow this down but am not sure what else I can do (I exercise, eat well, etc curremtly) HELP!


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Hi Teddy,
    I have severe OA that has a rapid rate of spreading throughout my body. I am surprised your Dr's made the statement you can "expect to be totally debilitated in the not so distant future." Not sure what really works to slow the progression of this disease but some say supplements such as glucosamine-chondroitin helps with the symptoms. Omega-3 fish oils and certain vitamins may help ease the symptoms. I am a firm believer in core strengthening and cardio exercise to strengthen the muscles around the vertebrae for support. If I can be of any other help or support feel free to PM me.
  • Thanks Ranger,

    The rheumatologists' seem to be more interested in treating those with RA than OA. I am on my second Rheumatologist, ( I switched after the first one made the above statement) and from my discussion with second Rheum, he seems to be looking for a 'cause' but doesn't know what. I am active, and generally in good shape and exrcise dailye, and eat very well. I do take vitamins and supplements but they can make me ill so am careful. I have also lost a lot of weight (50 lbs), and I am seeing a pain specialist next week. I am Canadian so we don't typically look for genetic markers and it is not easy to do. I am considering getting the seronegative testing done via a US lab just to eliminate it. I am not sure what else I can do.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    I had in 2004. At that time, it was clear that my shoulder and hip joints were affected.
    It wasnt until 2006/7 , did my shoulders start to really cause problems. Now, fast forward to 2013.
    Since then Osteoarthritis has been the cause for 2 complete shoulder replacements, 1 total hip replacement , the other hip starting to go and some signs of OA in my knees.

    The cause??? Its all be pinpointed to the number of spinal surgeries I have had over the years. Combine that with the up/down side of all the steriods and Osteoarthritis just keeps ripping though my body faster and faster.

    My last MRI and X-Ray indicated that the Osteoarthritis in my spine has advanced a lot more since 2011.

    The really isn't any cure for Osteoarthritis (OA) . For rheumatoid arthritis (RA) there are medications to help control it.

    Right now for OA, the best that can be offered is really up to the patient. Diet control to maintain the appropriate weight and also eating those foods that have been identified as potentially slowly down OA.

    Besides that, its a lot of Heat,Ice, Pain and eventually Surgery. That is so true, at least at this time and age of medical science. But, I will still maintain a view that I will find someway in beating this, that could just be postponing surgeries, or just living more comfortable. But I will win in the end.
    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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