Posted by beatle
on January 14, 2000 at 19:14:54:
In Reply to: OA questions? posted by Michal on January 12, 2000 at 10:38:02:
: I`m 27yo woman that was diagnosed with Osteo-Arthritis of my knees 7 years ago (but it all started when i was 15yo). Since then i had a ruptured disc in my back and many times in which my ankles, elbows,hips and finger joints were in severe pain. Are they all connected?
: Is Osteo-Arthritis considered a disablility under the ADA laws?
: When diagnosed i lived in Israel I was told there`s nothing to be done to help me until i`m much older and then i can have my knees replaced, but in the meantime i have unbearable pain in my knees...Now that i live in the USA, i`m wondering- isn`t there anything i can do to make life easier?
Anything I say should not substitute for advice from your doctor. There are many different pain medications that can help relieve the pain under the supervision of your doctor. You are very young to have knee replacement surgeries as they tend to wear out over time (especially with being active). I would suggest you see a Rheumatologist about all the pain in the various joints. You just may have some other medical illness going on besides the OA of the knees. I would try and get in to see the doctor as soon as possible.