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Old 09-06-2007, 05:21 AM   #1
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ostoarthritis vs rheumatoid

just a quick question to see if anyone else can relate to a sudden change in my body.

I was dx'd w/ osteo a yr or more ago. I have it in my spine which equates with my sometimes severe spinal pain on an off.
sleeping is getting harder because I'm finding my pain level is getting worst if I stay in bed too long. I'm 47 yrs old, female and also have a dx of osteoporosis last year.

I never had pain in my fingers or my feet or hips, just my spine and neck.

I woke up yesterday out of the clear blue sky with pain in my third fingers on both hands. they're swollen at the joints and I found it difficult to bend my fingers to hold my coffee cup. the joint in my right shoulder was also hurting which made me feel miserable and uncomfortable.
I have a horrible headache, plus feel flu like. I have a chronic lymph node on the right side of my neck that's the size of a quarter that enlarges and then goes down on and off for a few years now. . it was much larger yesterday.
the days I feel like this are horrible and I can't work due to physical exhaustion and all I want to do is sleep. I"m so afraid I'll lose my new job. I've been there only four months with lots of sick days used already.

I'm going thru a stressfull time with my 17, soon to be 18 yr old daughter.
I don't know if this set off these new symtoms?
I was just told by my GI dr that he thinks I have a spastic colon on top of all this. I just started suffering with sudden chronic constipation.
this sent me to the ER room with painful abdominal pain. enough to think it was a gall stone or kidney stone. they did a ct scan and found out otherwise.
so I was referred to my Gastro dr.
can all these things cause the immune system to go out of kilter and cause rheumatoid arthritis?
I was tested for rheumatoid a couple years back and the ana level was normal.
should I be tested again for rheumatoid arthritis? would it come on suddenly like this?
I'm confused and thought if anyone can share their views and experiences would help me a great deal.
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Hi Linda,

I'm sorry for all the pain your in and all your going through. What are you taking for the pain? I have been taking anti-inflammatories & muscle relaxers for 13 yrs now. They don't take the pain away but it certainly helps.

Food for thought...
I have had Osteo for almost 14 yrs...severe the last 5 yrs, in fact I just had a TKR 11 wks ago. Osteo can & does cause all over joint pain & swelling as it did with me. It is not well known, but Osteo can be very debilitating. I found this out through experience. It has destroyed my lumbar area and both knees totally and has had me in chronic pain for many years and thats with taking a lot of drugs. Rheumatoid is just an added bonus ! Without the pain drugs I would not be working & would be in a wheelchair. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid & Lupus 1 1/2 yrs ago & I'm 46 f. (all in the blood work).

In answer to your question, no I don't think what you are describing can bring on Rheumatoid arthritis. I do believe it can certainly agrivate what you already have. STRESS .....mental or physical can have a big impact on how your body feels and deals with pain. The more mental stress I have in my life, or the impact of a surgery on my body ALWAYS increases my pain and even puts my Lupus or Rheumatoid into a flare. Hope this helps
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Hi roses4ever,
I must say that I really love your signature. you are a true lover at heart.
thank you so much for your reply.
I suffer nothing on a scale to your pain. plus the fact you've been in such pain for so many years. I'm glad to see the pain meds & anti inflammatories have saved your life.

as soon as the problem was aleviated with my daughter, I felt calmer, plus I came home from work that day and slept the entire day on and off and thru out the night. when I woke up the next day, the pain in my fingers subsided to the point where I could bend my fingers without pain and hold my coffee cup or pick up things without pain. then the next day after that, it went away totally.
If it were rheumatoid, I don't think the pain would have come so quickly and left so quickly, right?
what is a TKR? I'm not familiar with that term.
I have a script for muscle relaxants but have had the script for over a yr now and was only taking it seldomly. I could only take it at night because it makes me sleepy. I can't afford to be tired at work. I usually am over active with such energy thru the course of a day that even my co-workers and boss tell me they never see me slow down. my boss says she always see's me doing something. which is true, because I can't stand to be idle.

at my last job a year ago with a different insurance, they wouldnt' authorize an MRI of my spine until I completed a course of physical therapy. I couldn't afford the therapy with the cost of it being $50 copay, at two times a week for six or more weeks. so I didn't go thru the therapy. I only had the inital consultation where she showed me a few excerises to do daily and she gave me a complete exam.
the warm pad they put on me felt wonderful and really relaxed all my muscles.
In the winter time you see me with my heating pad which helps wonders.
I can no longer bake and cook like I used to which involves alot of standing up for me. I feel like I've lost a part of me that I can't get back.

My mother and brother suffered a bone disease, which is called gorhams disease, which I don't have thank God.
does your parents have any form of bone or arhtritic disease?

what did your dr. tell you? is there anything that they can do for you other than what you're doing?
Do you go to physical therapy and if so, has it helped you?
I want an MRI performed and may get one this time with my new insurance.
I dont' have such a high copay with this one thankfully, so when I see my family dr in a few weeks, I'm going to bring it up.
he referred me to a specialist that I only visited with once because he was the one that referred me to the physical therapy and didn't do much else for me on that first visit like I thought he would.
he was only with me a entire ten minutes and I felt like he really wasn't listening to me.
so I never followed up with anyone for this problem.

I'm wondering what it's going to be like years from now if I hurt this much now at age 47? they have cures for some cancers, but they can't do a whole lot for arthritis?

I do understand that the majority of the population suffers from some form of arthritic problem.


I really wish you the best. Let me know if you have any other suggestions for me.
sincerely,
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Thank you for the comment about my signiture. It means a lot to me since it was chosen in leu of my husband. Through the years he always made me feel like every day was special and what a blessing! Just like I would feel when he would bring me roses. I have since lost my best friend & soul mate suddenly to pancreatic and liver cancer Dec 2006. He was diagnosed 12/15/06,hospitalized 12/18, in hospice care at home on 12/23, and passed away on 12/31/06...all within 2 wks notice.


You are correct, the pain would not come and go so quickly if it were Rheumatoid. This is going only by my own experience because I'm not a doctor.

A TKR is...Total Knee Replacement. The arthritis destroyed my entire joint and arthroscopy surgery was useless so the whole joint had to be replaced with a metal implant.

When your in enough pain you force yourself to get use to muscle relaxants because of having autoimmune diseases. I also have connective tissue disease which is arthritis of your muscles, ligaments & tendons. I learned to always take vitamin B comples every morning & drink coffee which I didn't like in the beginning.

Oh yes, my mother and 3 generations before her are all deceased (I lost her at age 47 to cancer) , but all had all kinds of hereditary forms of arthritis and different cancers.

You should do what I do in regards to cooking. Bring a chair right into the kitchen, but it must be a tall high back chair (tall enough that it puts you high up at the counter & stove but your feet can still touch ground).

My condition is way past physical therapy that can help. Nothing can be done except aqua therapy. I've tried that twice & it feels ok-good while I'm doing it but I'm right back to the way it was an hr later. So to me it's a big huge waste of time unless it could be right in my home.

If you can afford it & have insurance you need to see a Rheumatologist. They deal with different arthritis form & autoimmune diseases.
Good luck to you!
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I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. it wasn't that long ago either.
you have such a good out look and are a very strong woman.
you've been thru alot and are still going through alot.
considering you suffer so much, you have a very good spirit.

I never thought of rheumaolotigst. my dr referred me to a bone dr. what do you call them? the types that do surgery with bone problems?

so a rheumatoligst deals specifically with all forms of arthritis and not just auto immune problems?
hum.... maybe I'll bring that up too when I see my dr.
thank you for the suggestion.
also, thanks for the tip on the type fo chair to use in the kitchen. it really works for you, huh?
well then I'm going to try that too.
I love these boards because you can really get some good tips and suggestions from others.
drinking coffee is ok? it helps you're saying?
I'm JUST starting to take suppliments in my life whereas before I never really believed in them. I haven't been on them long enough to say whether I"m feeling any improvement in my life yet.
I am taking a new colon cleanser my partner picked up and I have to say It really works great without any painful side effects of it.
I'm finally getting rid of all the built up toxins which I have a feeling the empactment I was having adds to the pain in my lower spine when I lay down in bed. I can't lay staight on my back anymore to watch t.v. it hurts so much. I wake up in the middle of the night in pain so much I can barely turn over and i have to pull on the sheets to help me turn over slowly.
this used to happen on a consistent basis and I told the dr. this. that's when he tried to get me the MRI but the insurance said phsycial therapy first.
I only weight 113 pounds and am 5'7" tall. so it's not a weight issue that's making it difficult for me to turn over.
I really think the bowel problem adds to the pressue on my spine. did you ever have this issue?
Mine just started and my GI dr. told me to take metamucil, miralax plus take senakott. all three products.
one thing leads to another thing, than I'm told I have another thing.
so it's getting pretty complicated and crazy with me.
I just want an end to all this so I can restore my health.
I forgot to tell my GI dr that I have this new diagnosis in my spine since I last saw him and I'm wondering if the spine is causing the sluggish bowel and constipation. it's more neurologic I think than the problem with not getting enough fiber. I eat alot of food so it's not that I'm not getting enough fiber. I know what's good and what's not good to eat.
I am drinking enough water so that's not the problem.
so my question to you is, do you have bowel problems that are associated with the arthritis in your spine?

thank you roses.

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The bone Dr's are orthopedic surgeons. But if you have osteoarthritis that is an inflammatory condition and goes along with other forms of arthritis which Rheumatologists deal with specifically. That is correct, they don't just deal with autoimmune problems such as Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ect. My Rheumatologist also treats patients with just Osteoarthritis. I don't know what your Dr is thinking sending you to an orto Dr unless you need treatment for an injury, or scope done to clean out a joint from arthritis.

The higher chair really does allow me to cook when I can't stand for longer periods. Such as peeling potatoes or carrots to make pot salad. I just simply can't do that anymore because of my hips, back, knees & feet...so I pull the higher chair right up to the counter. I don't care what anyone thinks anymore if they were to walk in because they aren't walking in my shoes and don't have to take handfulls of pills everyday to just keep walking. So I do what I have to do and what works. I just move the chair around to where I need it if I have to stand for too long in place. It really does work! For storage it just sits on the other side of my kitchen counter in my dining room.

Since I have to take muscle relaxers during the day to feel better and to be able to function I have to counter react the effects, which is sleepiness. Don't get me wrong they were very hard for me to take in the beginning and I drank quite a bit of Reg coffee 13 yrs ago in the morning plus took an all natural vit B pill from a nutrition store (still to this day I take one every morning). I now drink less reg coffee because my system has gotten used to the relaxers over the years.

I also take 3000 mg of Glucosamine daily. This has been since seeing my Rheumatologist 1 1/2 yrs ago....huge benefits.
No I don't have any bowel problems that are associated with arthritis. In fact, I have never heard of that ever being related. Your bowels is your GI tract, completely different from what else is going on.
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Hi roses,
I thought that chiropractor's teach that our spines if out of alignement will cause other illnesses because the nerves that are in the spine can either have pressure on them or pinch them there fore effecting our organs.
I don't know. something to that effect.
I have a very difficult time explaining myself with all this brain fog I have.
I relate that to loss of estrogen. LOL


I just mentioned the chair to my partner and he agree's that it sounds good.
so that's the next thing on my list to pick up besides glucosamine.
you swear it really works?
I did mention to you I"m very leary of products that are not FDA approved.
suppliments are not proven to work. unless a person I know tells me from their own experience wether it works or not, then I'll try it.
otherwise I'm not the one who believes commericals or advertisements just because they say it works. I need proof it works.
so if you say so, I'll take your word for it.

now you have me guessing why on earth my family dr would refer me to a bone surgeon. I have no idea why he did that. I was supposed to bring my xrays with me and I did.
as I stated, It was a horrible short visit. I'll never go back to him.

any other tips for me roses?
how are you doing lately? do you have anyone to help you?
what do you do in the course of the day to keep your body active?
do you rest alot? or do you make yourself do things?
I find it difficult to motivate myself to get on this machine my guy bought. there are no weights on it. you use your body as the weights. a genious figured this machine out. it's perfect for our arthritis. you only work on it for no longer than 15 min at a time. you build yourself up to it.
you can stretch your back out on it too which is painful for me. but my partner swears it's good for my back if I would only do it.
I'm starting tai chi today at work.
a coworker there gives classes and I"ve always wanted to do this for years now. I was always too shy to go by myself and because of the inflated prices where I live I knew I couldn't afford it anyway.
I once tried to learn on my own by watching a video years ago but found it very difficult to learn it on my own.
it's alot of stretching and breathing correctly. it's alot like benefits of meditation too. being that my job is very stressfull and my home life is very stressfull, this might just work for me.
thanks again,
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Linda,

From my experience I had always taken 1500 mg glucosamine/chondroitin only for about 12 yrs or so, what really made a huge difference was increasing it to 3,000 mg and taking glucosamine ONLY. I also have always been leary of the same things you are. I rely totally on what others tell me has worked then I will try the products. I know a couple people (co-workers)at work who tried this but only 1/2 as muc, said after less than a week that there was no difference. They both admitted that they did not take it every morning as directed.
As far as tips go:
1) I keep 2 bottles of water in the freezer to roll my feet over when the bottom of my feet hurt.

2) I use frozen jell packs that are kept in my freezer and a heating pad that I use on my back. Generally the heat works but occasionally I need the real cold. I just put a dish towel over it & sit & watch TV. This is a daily thing for me.
3) I also use icy hot or aspercreme on my back. When my back hurts real bad I use the Lidoderm pain patches.

That's about all I can think of at the moment. I'm doing ok. Unfortunately no I don't have any help. My son is an hr away & my daughter is busy with 2 jobs & college. Both my sisters live an hr away & that's all the family I have. I'm not a couch potatoe so I don't sit much or rest much. I'm always puttering with something it seems. I do make myself do things that need to be done too. It's hard to get really motivated. I do lot with my German Shephard named Shane. I've been preoccupied lately with trying to get things going to get a new roof on my house. I play ball a lot with shane & play ball a lot & go for walks & ride my bike.

If you need anything else just let me know...

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you sound like you keep yourself active Deena and that's what I've been telling myself I NEED to do. Im just not motivated when I get home from work because I"m too exhausted. I feel so sick by the time 2pm hits at work. the last 3 hours feel like 8 hours to me. that's how horrible I feel.
my apptn with my general dr is tonight after work.
I feel like something is not right in my body.
does your artritis make you feel so sick at times? does it effect your head and make you feel fluish?
does it wipe you out physically? I dread the work day when I get up in the mornings.
I woke up this morning feeling like i"ve only slept one hour. I need more rest yet can't get it because of work.

thank you so much for the helpful tips. you have some really good ideas and it's good that you share them here.
I didn't know the bottoms of your feet hurt too. gosh, you poor thing.
I'm sorry too that you don't have any help from the family.
I have pets too and know how time consuming they are. I have a dog that's mutt. part beagle and boxer, plus two male cats. they're brothers.
I love my furry freinds. they make me feel good when I"m feeling bad. it feels good to love them and be loved in return.
have a great day hon.
stay in touch.
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Hi Deena,
my family dr is referring me to a rheumotologist this time.
because I mentioned I wanted an ANA test for the pain I had in my two fingers and they were swollen and hurt to bend. I also have pain in the two joints on either side of my arms. more towards the back of the arm. not in the front. he feels because my ANA test was negative two years ago that it's not rheuamatoid and that it's the osteoarthritits acting up. but he's sending me anyway.
did you tell me that a rheumy dr. also treats osteoarthritits too or just rheumatoid?
I also brought up to the dr that I never took the prescribed medicine for my osteoporosis he gave me a year ago and he said there's now a new drug on the market where you only have to take it once a month and he asked me if I can tolerate for one day out of the month to not have my coffeee right away?
we went over a few things being it's been a long time I"ve seen him.
I was without a job for seven months and didn't have insurance to see him. plus with the new job I got, you still have to wait out 3 months in order to recieve the benefits.
so it's been a while.
I"m happy I went though.
how is your pain level today?

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Hi Linda,

I am happy to hear you are being referred to a Rheumatologist. At least to see what's going on and if they can help you to feel better. One thing I am sure of and have found out through my own experience is Osteo can be very painful & debilitating.
My Rheumatologist is a "arthritis specialist", which includes all forms of arthritis as well as autoimmune diseases. So yes, she deals with Osteoarthritis.
What Osteoarthritis drug are you speaking about that you never took? I was told the Rheumatoid medications that I take have no effect on my Osteo. I need relief from that big time. What is the name of it?
I was on my Rheumatologists waiting list for 11 months when she finally called. She is the best in my area as you can tell and the usual waiting time is 1 year...as ridiculous as it may sound. When I saw her May 2006 the osteo was real bad in both knees but exceptionally bad in my lt because I had hyper-extended it in April. At that time I had been off work for 6 wks & could barely walk because of it.my knee was so swollen with fluid. The Rheumatologist every week aspirated fluid from my knee joint and gave me an injection (forgot what it's called) in the joint. It's to hopefully let the joint grow new cartlidge I think. It didn't work. She also gave me a script for lidoderm pain patches, but no other medications except for the Rheumatoid.

My pain level is the same most all the time...about 6-7 with prescribed pain medications. Just to darn young for this crap yah know ...Yours?

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I meant to say medication for my osteoporosis.
I had my first scan last year and said I already have it and that I need to be put on medication. but I didn't take it because you can't eat or drink an hour after taking the medicine and you take it first thing in the morning.

something to that effect.

so he gave me boniva to try.

I don't know how much the script is going to cost me. I have a feeling it's going to be top dollar.

my pain level is nothing in comparison to yours. I have a twisting pain in my spine. the lower is excruciating when i sleep, when I wake up and when I turn my neck all thru out the day, it feels as if it's going to get stuck in a certain painful position and stay that way.
it's on the verge of doing something like snapping it feels.
not that it will, but it feels that way.
my legs don't bother me at all.
my wrists and fingers do. not my knees like you.
we're the same age right?
I heard that osteo can be debilatiting to some and wind up some people in the wheel chair. God, I hope this doens't happen.
there has got to be something the scientists can come up with this day and age.
did you get on disability?
or are you still working? I dont' see how you possibly could work if you are.

 
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just a quick question to see if anyone else can relate to a sudden change in my body.

I was dx'd w/ osteo a yr or more ago. I have it in my spine which equates with my sometimes severe spinal pain on an off.
sleeping is getting harder because I'm finding my pain level is getting worst if I stay in bed too long. I'm 47 yrs old, female and also have a dx of osteoporosis last year.

I never had pain in my fingers or my feet or hips, just my spine and neck.

I woke up yesterday out of the clear blue sky with pain in my third fingers on both hands. they're swollen at the joints and I found it difficult to bend my fingers to hold my coffee cup. the joint in my right shoulder was also hurting which made me feel miserable and uncomfortable.
I have a horrible headache, plus feel flu like. I have a chronic lymph node on the right side of my neck that's the size of a quarter that enlarges and then goes down on and off for a few years now. . it was much larger yesterday.
the days I feel like this are horrible and I can't work due to physical exhaustion and all I want to do is sleep. I"m so afraid I'll lose my new job. I've been there only four months with lots of sick days used already.

I'm going thru a stressfull time with my 17, soon to be 18 yr old daughter.
I don't know if this set off these new symtoms?
I was just told by my GI dr that he thinks I have a spastic colon on top of all this. I just started suffering with sudden chronic constipation.
this sent me to the ER room with painful abdominal pain. enough to think it was a gall stone or kidney stone. they did a ct scan and found out otherwise.
so I was referred to my Gastro dr.
can all these things cause the immune system to go out of kilter and cause rheumatoid arthritis?
I was tested for rheumatoid a couple years back and the ana level was normal.
should I be tested again for rheumatoid arthritis? would it come on suddenly like this?
I'm confused and thought if anyone can share their views and experiences would help me a great deal.
thank you,

linda
hi,
i am 18 and i have had arthritis for two years now.
the pain i get is through out every joint and the pain is also very excrutiating.
i can hardly roll over in my own bed because i am so sore and stiff. i am on medication, anti inflams, cream and painkillers but i still have the same pain.

my Rheumatoid came on all of a sudden as you have said these pains in your hands. the specialist had asked me if i had had any flus etc and i had had chicken pox about 3 months before i was diagnosed and this is what triggered my arthritis.
life is tough..especially when nobody my age understands..
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Hi wild thing.
wow! you're only 18 and you have to suffer like this? I'm so sorry of your diagnosis. how did they find yours?
are you doing anything different now that you have this diagnosis?
are you doing any special excerises or have you changed your diet?

I dont' want to accept my pain and I'm a fighter, but I"m seeing that I'm fighting this the wrong way. I have to do something about it but I procrastinate.
I still haven't gone to a rheumatolgoist thinking maybe it'll just go away.

but as each day passes and I wake up feeling so horrible, I realize I have to do something now.
this morning is especially hard on me. do you ever notice that when you do things like straighten up the house or your room or do anything you don't normally do on a daily basis that your body suffers the next couple days?

I had to put back together my office yesterday becasue on saturday they put in new counter tops. I had to put back everything that I had taken off the counters. it took me almost all day to do it because i have to answer phones too and greet patients.
well, I woke up this morning where my spine is so stiff and the back of my hip bone is killing me. my feet hurt when I put them on the floor which almost sent me back down on the back because I didn't expect the weakness and pain. it's never happened before. the pain is now in all my fingers and it's hard to grab things and hold them in my hands.
I feel like I am literally falling apart.
I am much older than you are age wise, but mind wise I still feel like I"m in my 20's. I don't like the way my body feels like it's aging at such a fast speed.
do you ever feel like that with your arthritis?
do you have to be careful with what physical things you do too so you dont' suffer the next few days?
what medication do they have you on if any?

what are you doing for support?

I"m here if you need to talk. I wasn't aware there was another reply to this post because I wasnt sent a notice. I"m glad I came back today to read the boards.
I wish you well.

hope to hear back from you too.

Linda

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Old 09-25-2007, 10:04 PM   #15
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Re: ostoarthritis vs rheumatoid

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Hi wild thing.
wow! you're only 18 and you have to suffer like this? I'm so sorry of your diagnosis. how did they find yours?
are you doing anything different now that you have this diagnosis?
are you doing any special excerises or have you changed your diet?

I dont' want to accept my pain and I'm a fighter, but I"m seeing that I'm fighting this the wrong way. I have to do something about it but I procrastinate.
I still haven't gone to a rheumatolgoist thinking maybe it'll just go away.

but as each day passes and I wake up feeling so horrible, I realize I have to do something now.
this morning is especially hard on me. do you ever notice that when you do things like straighten up the house or your room or do anything you don't normally do on a daily basis that your body suffers the next couple days?

I had to put back together my office yesterday becasue on saturday they put in new counter tops. I had to put back everything that I had taken off the counters. it took me almost all day to do it because i have to answer phones too and greet patients.
well, I woke up this morning where my spine is so stiff and the back of my hip bone is killing me. my feet hurt when I put them on the floor which almost sent me back down on the back because I didn't expect the weakness and pain. it's never happened before. the pain is now in all my fingers and it's hard to grab things and hold them in my hands.
I feel like I am literally falling apart.
I am much older than you are age wise, but mind wise I still feel like I"m in my 20's. I don't like the way my body feels like it's aging at such a fast speed.
do you ever feel like that with your arthritis?
do you have to be careful with what physical things you do too so you dont' suffer the next few days?
what medication do they have you on if any?

what are you doing for support?

I"m here if you need to talk. I wasn't aware there was another reply to this post because I wasnt sent a notice. I"m glad I came back today to read the boards.
I wish you well.

hope to hear back from you too.

Linda

they found my arthritis through a blood test when i had had sore bones for about 2 or 3 months.Me and the family just thought it was growing pains as i am stil young.recently before that i had the virus chicken pox which both the specialist and the doctor said triggered my arthritis.
things that i am doing different.. there are so many..! i cant play sport anymore, and i loved netball and soccor which i had to give up because they are both too much pressure on my joints.
i havent changed my diet completly although i have to avoid acidy foods and ive noticed that some foods (sugary in particular) i get very sore and tired easily. i try to go walking but sometimes its just too hard to do as my ankles often are so week.
i do pilates and i go swimming and these are good and relax my joints.
yes i do find that if i do something major like just spending the day cleaning my room, or doing a major household chore, then the effects follow for a few days.
i am on medication called methotrexate. i take 5 of these every monday. then i am on voltaren which i take 1 every morning and night. then i take 1 folic acid every friday. and every four hours i am taking panadol. and often i will rub the anti inflammitory creams onto my skin.which by the way havent helped at all and i have tryed 2 sorts.
support..my family and friends.. which i find it difficult to do, i havent found a support group anywhere in my town and i guess i am a bit scared to go so thats why i started looking on the internet for support. i am still a student living at home and things get pretty tough as i am really into the parties and spending time with my mates but often i am way too drained and so tired and cant go out.. it has made my social life become less of one that when i didnt have arthritis. i have suffered depression from it, luckily it didnt last too long but the way i was was horrible.. i never ever want to have to be in that state of mind again.
i just find every day life so hard..
i feel i have the body of my nana and yet i am only a teenager..
i am so worried of the future and how things will be.. i know it shouldent be on my brain yet, but what about children, i mean the medication reduces fertility and i dunno one day when my boyfriend and i want to decide that stuf... what are the chances then??
i get very stressed thinking of the future, and that leads to alot of new health issues..
i often cry alot over my arthritis, and often wish i wasnt here, but i try to get myself through the struggles.
i still think im lucky that i dont have something worse but i still wish it want me that had this problem.
im glad there are people out there that understand my pain.
thankyou for replying.

 
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