Posted by birdie
on March 14, 2000 at 23:38:11:
In Reply to: Re: Arthritis Symptoms? posted by Harry on December 13, 1999 at 01:18:16:
: : I have arthritis bad in both my hips (am only 46 yrs old) due to the fact that I have shallow hip sockets and my hips have worn out. I am looking at hip replacement--one is 100% gone, the other not so bad yet. I got a cortisone shot (under x-ray) in the bad hip joint 6 weeks ago, and it is still helping incredibly.
: : I want to know if anyone else has some of the symptoms I have, which I attributed to the hip problems. But I just went to my ortho surgeon and he said they are not caused by my hip.
: : What I have is a tingly, numb-like, sometimes almost burning feeling that I though was arthritis. It is accompanied by frequent muscle crampling. Before my cortisone shot, I had this in my hips and legs and sometimes my back. Now, it is pretty well gone from the legs and hips, but since the shot I had a backache for awhile and the tingly feeling in my lower back. Now the tingliness has moved up my back and ususally, towards the end of the day, it feels like it is coming over the top of my head and over my face and cheeks. Muscles in my back can cramp up easily if I just reach around or try to twist/stretch my back (like if I reach back in the car to get something, my back cramps up) .
: : My doctor said I could have a problem in my back. I want to think this is all due to the hip problem, because otherwise I am a very healthy person. I do still take NSAIDS (Naproxen), but I don't think that is the cause.
: : I have also lost alot of weight (about 20 lb in the last year), and I was not heavy. I am now slim (whereas I was strong and not fat--I think I've mostly lost muscle due to inactivity and loss of desire to eat because for so long I experimetned with different NSAIDs that caused me constant stomach/intestine distress) and, my doctor said, my height to weight ratio is about perfect.
: : If anyone has any ideas what this strange feeling is or has had similar symptoms, please let me know.
: : Thanks, Kristie
: HI Kristie, I have read both yours and Kevin's postings.There will come a time when pain killers will not be effective or they mess with your GI track that you won't be able take them. Then you will be looking for some alternate method to solve your problems.I believe you both have problems because you don't eat right but who does?. Arthritis is basically a disorder of your immune system.You will likely enounter other problems as you get older.---So,you might as well start considering something else NOW!!! I recently read a book that is changing my life and it may do the same for you. The book is:"Eat Right for Your Type" by Dr.Peter D'Adamo.It's not an easy book to read and more difficult to apply. But,if you want help in an that may have never occurred to you--- this is it.
: God Bless You Both--Harry Huxford
Dear Kristie, I don't have an answer for you but I have to tell you that I've experienced numbness and tingling in my right shoulder blade especially when sitting and reaching. I also have degenerative disc disease in my C and T spine. I also have immense pain and stiffness only which has been relieved by Percocet. I have been on numerous steroids and none have helped much. I experience frequent muscle spasms in my neck and back and also suffer from Left hip bursitis with accompanying muscle spasms in my lower left back. Because I was told that I have bulging discs in my neck I was led to believe that the numbness and tingling was caused by pressure on that nerve by inflamed muscles. Oh well maybe we can both keep at the mystery and let each other know when we have an answer to this perplexing mystery.