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Old 06-26-2017, 02:03 PM   #1
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Hello -- Newbie here!

Hello! Newbie here! I have arthritis in both of my ankles; worse in my right than in my left, but it's in both. I thought I would join this message board for support and perhaps advice.

I am 61 years old. My work involves some walking. I'm a big feller--about 6'3", and about 260 lbs.
For my pain/arthritis, I've seen a podiatrist. I have been treated by steroid injections, which were slightly helpful, but only slightly. I soak my feet/ankles in warm water and Epsom salts at least once daily. I use Powerstep orthotics in my shoes (they're a little worn; I probably should get new ones).

I have pain when I walk--all the time. I have had acupuncture treatments, which helped some, but not a lot.

My most difficult movement is descending stairs. I have to take stairs one at a time when I go down them.

Exercise: I used to run, but now, no way. I still can ride my bike (thank God), and lifting weights doesn't seem to make my pain worse. I like to swim laps, but I haven't in awhile. I REALLY miss running!

I have an appointment with my family doc tomorrow morning to discuss going to an orthopedic doc. For meds, I'm currently taking one Meloxicam tablet every morning.

So, that's my arthritis sob story in a nutshell. I'm hoping to give and get support and perhaps guidance from the folks here. Thanks!

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Old 06-29-2017, 08:25 AM   #2
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Welcome to the board. I would suggest seeing an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist. Podiatrists are useful for some issues, but for an accurate diagnosis and plan for treatment, you are better off going to an ortho.

 
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Old 06-29-2017, 11:52 AM   #3
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I had to move on from Meloxicam....I'm on diclofenac 2 x a day and it is really good. Works well for me with arthritis in back and hands and feet. And yes, you should see a Foot & Ankle board certified ortho - preferably one in a sports med practice....

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Old 06-29-2017, 12:10 PM   #4
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Re: Hello--Newbie here!

Thanks for the feedback. Right now, I'm waiting for a call from a rheumatologist's office to make an appointment with him. I thought about seeing an ortho, but my family doc wants me to see a rheumatologist first. We'll see what happens in my visit with him.

I was pretty disappointed and sad after my talk with my family doc. It felt like he was almost dismissive, as if he was saying, "Okay, so you have arthritis. You'll just have to live with it--sorry." I lamented to him that I really don't like the idea of walking with pain for the rest of my life, and it didn't seem to make much of an impression on him.

Oh well.

I'll let you know what comes of the visit with the rheumatologist.

 
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If it's RA, then the rheumy is good. For OA though an ortho makes sense. It seemed that you have OA which is why I went with the ortho. I've got OA.

 
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:42 AM   #6
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Well, I'll start with the "rheumy", and see if he helps, or if he sends me on to an ortho. I'm praying that SOMETHING works!

 
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Old 08-23-2017, 03:20 PM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback. Right now, I'm waiting for a call from a rheumatologist's office to make an appointment with him. I thought about seeing an ortho, but my family doc wants me to see a rheumatologist first. We'll see what happens in my visit with him.

I was pretty disappointed and sad after my talk with my family doc. It felt like he was almost dismissive, as if he was saying, "Okay, so you have arthritis. You'll just have to live with it--sorry." I lamented to him that I really don't like the idea of walking with pain for the rest of my life, and it didn't seem to make much of an impression on him.

Oh well.

I'll let you know what comes of the visit with the rheumatologist.
It's sad, but true, that many PCPs (and other docs) withdraw slightly when they encounter something outside their knowledge and experience. Although it is possible you may have to "live with" some degree of pain and/or disability, a little sympathy and suggestions of what to do while waiting for your appointment with the rheumy.
And since several weeks have gone by, how did your appointment go? Enquiring minds want to know.
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