Re: Arthritis in knee, facet joints, etc.
Good old constochondritis..that rib pain....I've even been to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack. I've had it since(30+ years) but have learned how to handle it. It really responds well to heat.
Have you ever seen a rheumatologist to see if you have one of the sero-negative spondyloarthropathies? They are a group of disorders with negative blood work that all have one thing in common....arthritis in the SI joints and spine. It's important to know if you do as they can affect the body as well. Ankylosing spondylitis is one of them and it frequently has Crohn's Disease with it and that is an auto-immune disorder of the intestines that can be extremely serious. You need to be watched for symptoms of that showing up. Another is Psoriatic arthritis where you get psoriasis along with the arthritis. There are some new meds for it that are doing a great job of controlling it. Reactive arthritis(used to be called Reiter's syndrome) is a third and they just announced a possible cure for that one as it starts after exposure to one of 4 infections(including food poisoning). It affects the eyes.
Treating the symptoms is great(thanks for the info on the SI shots) but if you can find a cause, then you might be in remission for good.
Many women get SI joint arthritis as a result of pregnancy and you need to rule out that as the cause too. My SI joint arthritis is from 2 big babies but it took years of watching those joints to make sure. It did go away after a while but the spine arthritis came on gangbusters and almost paralyzed me.
All of these forms of arthritis have arthritis that looks on x-ray just like OA but have some bad repercussions if not treated properly. I know I sound like a broken record some days but I really think everyone with arthritis should see a rheumatologist just to make sure it's not something else. Then you can have whoever you want treat you. But know what it is first.
Education is so important and I thank you for offering to help those here. It is so important. My doc's office has a big sign in the waiting room and it says.....
If we treat you today, you may feel better for a day.
If we teach you today, you will help yourself to feel better for a lifetime.
Thanks for the education and I hope I have shared some too.