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Old 05-21-2006, 12:23 PM   #1
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Disability from osteoarthritis?

I am not sure what to do. I have been in excruciating pain for about 3 weeks. Several times I could not get out of bed due to the pain. It has got slightly better as I can now walk and get up but getting up hurts ALOT moving hurts ALOT! I had a laminectomy last year on my lumbar spine and have been ok as far as pain until the last three weeks. I am jobless and I am very concerned b/c I am a medical assistant and I can hardly walk let alone go to an inyerview where they will see I can barely move, and if given a job I think i would lose it b/c of my pain and somtimes not being able to even get out of bed. I have no income and I am going to apply for TANF through the state but they require you look for work. What am I supposed to do? What have you all done to keep OA from wrecking your life? i am only 26 years old. I have tried Tylenol Arthritis, Extra Srength Tylenol, Aleve, vicodin, percocet, and skelaxin. Nothing really helps with this pain. I did go to the spine specialist and had an MRI so i am sure nothing else is wrong. Please Help!

 
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Old 05-21-2006, 08:36 PM   #2
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Re: Disability from osteoarthritis?

Hi, I have the same thing you do. osteoarthritis attacks the joints, I have it in my hip, and have to get a hip replacement because of it. I know what pain is. but you are so young, sorry. I'am 55. but I already have knee replacement at 50 and do to this too and have to get the other one out,, there is pills for it called Nsaid, helps ask you Dr about it...Good Luck

 
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:28 AM   #3
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Thanks I have been taking Naproxen wich is an NSAID also tylenol for the pain. I have resorted to narcotics with little relife. I am in so much pain I just want to die. I cant cough or even get up to go to the bathroom without crying and swaring. Dear god please help me with this pain.

 
Old 05-22-2006, 08:54 AM   #4
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Re: Disability from osteoarthritis?

If you haven't been to your doctor in those past 3 weeks, PLEASE go! He needs to prescribe something to help you with the pain. I've had terrible pain in my knees which made getting up and down extremely painful but my rheumatologist is helping tremendously. I'm able to walk without much pain. I've got RA so my hands are still another story. You're message sounded almost like me a while back but hang in there and see the doctor soon!

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Old 05-22-2006, 08:54 AM   #5
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If you haven't been to your doctor in those past 3 weeks, PLEASE go! He needs to prescribe something to help you with the pain. I've had terrible pain in my knees which made getting up and down extremely painful but my rheumatologist is helping tremendously. I'm able to walk without much pain. I've got RA so my hands are still another story. You're message sounded almost like me a while back but hang in there and see the doctor soon!

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Old 05-22-2006, 10:43 AM   #6
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Re: Disability from osteoarthritis?

I agree, you should really go to your doctor to find out what is going on. It could be a bad flare up or it could be an entirely new problem.
If you find yourself in continual pain and your Rhuematologist is unable to help you manage it appropriately the best thing to do is to seek out a Pain management specialist.
As far as working, if you live in the states you can apply for Social Security Disability.

 
Old 05-23-2006, 05:25 AM   #7
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:36 AM   #8
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I am willing to try just about anything. The only thing that is an issue for me is money. I cant work b/c of health issues and I need to find somthing that medicaid will cover. We are a family of 4 living off 800.00 a month. Do you know of anything my Dr can prescibe that will help? Thanks so much!

 
Old 05-24-2006, 04:54 PM   #9
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26 sounds so young to have OA. Have you been tested for AS (ankyling spondylitis) or RA (rheumatoid arthritis)? These conditions usually hit when you are young. I have OA, but I'm 52 and symptoms didn't start til I was mid 40's. I'm not saying you don't have OA, just that OA usually hits later in life, because it's a progressive disease and there's no cure or remedy for it. A simple blood test would be something the rheumatologist would order that would let them know if you have AS or RA. If the test comes back negative for both, then you proably have OA. An xray, or better yet, an mri would show if you have OA or DDD.

My blood test for RA came back negative but my rheumy still believes I have RA bcz I have all the symptoms: neck, both hips, both SI joints, both hands, both knees and both feet pain. But, my neuro believes it's OA because RA does not hit your back, bcz it's not considered a joint-if you have back pain, that would have to be OA--. Who knows? It's all mind numbing trying to tell the differences. My rheumy says up to 30% of the results for RA come back w/false negatives for RA.j

Sorry, didn't mean to confuse you, but you really need to see a doctor and see what your mri results were and if haven't had blood test for Rh factor, or HL-27? I think it's called-it's the blood test that tells if you have AS. The sooner you find out what's going on, the sooner you can get proper treatment. Good luck!

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Old 05-28-2006, 06:10 AM   #10
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i am 29 and also have hip osteoarthritis too.

originally i have ankylosing spondylitis - which causes stiffness in my neck and back. gradually, this illness radiates to my hip, which causes osteoarthritis in my hip. therefore, i have secondary osteoathritis. i use to work as a process worker which involves bending and carrying heavy objects which i believe speed up my illness.

i was on this forum a while ago - last year in august, i notice this excruciating pain in my hips - the pain was so unbearable, i spend most of the day in bed, and had to quit work because i can't walk. whenever i walk, i get muscle spasm.

all i can say is the pain will gradually settle down. that's because i have been using crutches to walk, which relief the stress on my hips, and taking protein powder.


i've been taking protein powder as well as glucosamine/MSM - protein powder is important because it speed recovery as well as build muscle. i think it's the protein powder that makes me better. i feel my legs are getting stronger.

i don't know about glucosamine - i still take it because people's taking it.

i am placed in a waiting list for hip replacement of my right hip. i just bought health insurance last year - so i would have to wait for another 2 years in order to have the surgery.

all i can say is people should consider getting a health insurance because with the public hospital it may take 3 years. I was in excruicating pain last year that I had to wait up to 4 months to see a doctor at the public hospital. that's really ridiculous!

P.S have you thought about whether you are eligible for sickness allowance or disability allowence to help you out?

P.P.S do visit the "knee and hip problems" section in this messageboard.

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Old 05-31-2006, 09:01 PM   #11
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Re: Disability from osteoarthritis?

I also had early onset OA. I was first diagnosed in my mid 20s. I had my first knee surgery at 37 yrs old and a second one at 49. I recently had total knee replacement and getting ready for my other knee to be replaced this fall. I can take no pian pills or NSAID because of ulcers and barrett's esophagus. They have now started steroid injections in my hips and just today I had my first spinal epidural block. Is your pain just in your back? I would maybe ask about injections as you are way to young to have to be on so many narcotics. The epidurals are not painful at all. The only thing that hurt was the injections to numb it but that was only like what the dentist does. The spinals themself was just alot of pressure feeling but not pain.

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Re: Disability from osteoarthritis?

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I am not sure what to do. I have been in excruciating pain for about 3 weeks. Several times I could not get out of bed due to the pain. It has got slightly better as I can now walk and get up but getting up hurts ALOT moving hurts ALOT! I had a laminectomy last year on my lumbar spine and have been ok as far as pain until the last three weeks. I am jobless and I am very concerned b/c I am a medical assistant and I can hardly walk let alone go to an inyerview where they will see I can barely move, and if given a job I think i would lose it b/c of my pain and somtimes not being able to even get out of bed. I have no income and I am going to apply for TANF through the state but they require you look for work. What am I supposed to do? What have you all done to keep OA from wrecking your life? i am only 26 years old. I have tried Tylenol Arthritis, Extra Srength Tylenol, Aleve, vicodin, percocet, and skelaxin. Nothing really helps with this pain. I did go to the spine specialist and had an MRI so i am sure nothing else is wrong. Please Help!
I'm sorry but to me this sounds exactly like you have a Herniated disc.
You've got to see a Dr and get an MRI.
If you have no income and are applying for TANF you tell that caseworker you really need some medical help A.S.A.P.!

 
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