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I'm sorry for what you are going through & I know it is depressing to be in pain all the time. I've had chronic pain for 15 yrs & have been on many different anti-inflammatories, two different muscle relaxers (not at same time), and 4500 mg daily of Tylenol rapid release gel caps. Not good I know, but I had to have something for the pain & the Dr's all said it was the lesser of 2 evils. I was told I had Fibro, Osteo, & connective tissue disease (arthritis of muscle, ligaments & tendons), 15 yrs ago & the osteo primarily affected my knees, low back, hips & hands through these years.

My pain had increased greatly in my knees & low back in the last 1 1/2 yrs. I prayed so many times in any given day while working to just get me through the day. I got on a years waiting list for the best Rheumatologist here in my state because of this (I knew something was really wrong) & was finally called in the 11th month...I was thrilled that someone could help me. Just 5 mo ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid, Systemic Lupus & diabetes 2 (unfortunately I am only 45). I'm curently & have been on Darvocet & Ultram (2 at a time) every 4 hrs around the clock for the last 3 mo.

So yes a person can have Osteo, Rheumatoid & many other variations of arthritis all at the same time.

You don't hear too much about Osteo being debilitating, but it surely can be for those who have a strong hereditary back ground of Osteo. At the present time I will be having a LT TKR in the next 6 wks or so & then the RT if all goes well. The Dr's say I'm a very high risk patient due to diabetes & Lupus. I will have to take my chances since I refuse to wait for the next 2 yrs to past by & wait to be in a wheel chair. That's the prognosis of 3 specialists. I will utilize a pain clinic for injections for my low back soon, hoping for many months of relief.

It sounds as though you have a good Dr with the meds you are on & her treatment plan. I know the muscle relaxers are hard to deal with, but in time your system will tolerate them better. I find ways to counter act the drowsiness of them by drinking caffinated drinks & taking B-complex daily. If you can't tolerate a full pill then break it in 1/2 & try that. The muscle relaxers help a great deal for me, so I have to put up with that drugged up feeling. Especially since I have to have the pain meds also. My Rheumatologist has me on 3,000 mg of just glucoamin daily for the Osteo. I'm on Arava & will be starting enbrel hopefully in the next week for the Rheumatoid. The only course of treatment for osteo are cortisone injections, surgery for severe osteo, muscle relaxers, & pain medications unlike for Rheumatoid.

Hang in there & don't give up!