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Hi I've had chronic pain since Oct of 2015 and been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. No treatments from the pain management center have helped. They are out of ideas so today I went to one of the top arthritis hospitals in Boston. The rheumatologist I saw said there wasn't anything she could do. I asked her if it will only get worse and she said sometimes it stays the same or could even get a little better. I asked how that's possible for a "wear and tear" disease and she said they really don't know yet. This kind of explains why surgery is the very last option. I am blessed that my faith in God will get me through.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,633
    Anyone dealing with Arthritis should visit our Arthritis-Health site

    There are two major types of Arthritis.

    Rheumatoid Which is a immune system problem. However, there are medications you can take to control and manage RA.

    Osteoarthritis Is the degenerating accelerated type of Arthritis. There is NO cure for OA. The only thing you can hope for is to slow it down. OA will continue to wear down your joints and possibly lead to a bone on bone situation. I had this in both of my shoulders and hips and had to have them totally replaced with implants. My knees are going in that direction to and surgery is expected before 2020.

    The only advantage I have had with OA was with my last Laminectomy to correct my severe lumbar spinal stenosis. Originally, the surgeon was going to use rods and screws to stabilize my back. But after looking at several X-Rays, he determined that my spine was already somewhat stable, only because of all the arthritis up and down the spine.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • The doctor also told me that there starting to look at chronic inflammations role in osteoarthritis. I also have Raynaud's, depression, chronic cough, ED, and cognitive decline. Now I think it could all be related. I'm not overweight and I eat right but now I think I need to eat even better and exercise more. It seems like that's all I can do. I've been treated for the depression and the ED but they don't know what's causing the cough.

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  • Turmeric supplements have helped my OA exercise and eating right I bought a nutra ninji 2 years ago and smoothies have helped me immensely. Strength training may also help keep fighting the good fight you can get through this!

  • Thanks Melissa. I'm also taking turmeric and fish oil. Your right, all we can do is keep fighting!

  • scottgoodwin, i have just been diagnosed with oa, in my shoulders, i found that Diclofenance gel works good on the pain, i use to take the tablets twice a day but it irratitates my kidneys. The gel is real effective on the pain.

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  • Thanks Railroadman, Something new to try. Have you had any steroid shots? I'm getting an epidural Tuesday. The last one I had didn't work, but they're going to try a different spot.

  • The advice about the gel is a good one. It does help. It can be over used though and caution is advised with that. When I have to limit my use of the gel, I'll use a lidocaine crème to help numb some of the painful sites.

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