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  • 1 hour ago

    Osteoarthritis and chronic pain

    Hello.This is my first time on an osteoarthritis chat line.was first diagnosed approximately age 29-30,pain in fingers and hands.soon after fingers started to have nodules,and started to become deformed.Now I have it throughout my body including my feet.walking is no longer the pleasure it used to be. Due to this disease l have given up many activities that l used to enjoy. The most current is walking. Due to pain l am now not working. I loved my job and was good at it!!!! I can still walk short....
  • 9 hours ago

    Arthritis pain in my neck.

    I have arthritis pain in my neck so bad, it's hard to sleep or turn my head. My doctor gave me a muscle relaxer that really hasn't worked. She suggests I get some type a series of shots that might help with the pain. I have had X-rays done in my neck and they indicate a lot of arthritis. I was on a drug that really helped but I was forced to stop taking it because it interfered with my kidney functions. My question is, are these shots ok and worth it. Any response would be appreciated. Thank....
  • Seronegative RA, confused, alone, could it be something else?...

    I'm not even sure how these support sites even work, or where to start. Throughout my life my health has been fair, rarely got sick, except a few crazy things that are not explainable. It all started at age 20 in 2010 when I was rushed to the hospital with meningitis. After recovery no issues for a few years, then in 2012 I was back in the hospital due to a severe infection in one of the lymph nodes, located in the back of my neck (only seen in small children). After recovery just like before....
  • 2 days ago

    News: Could Fiber or Chondroitin Ease Arthritis?

    A new study suggests that fiber could help reduce knee pain from arthritis. "Researchers found that people who ate the most fiber reported reduced osteoarthritis knee pain by up to 60 percent. However, X-rays did not show any difference in their knees compared to those who consumed less fiber." You can learn more here: Do you know how much fiber you get in your diet?
  • 3 days ago

    Total Hip Replacement?

    I am a 38 year old female who is an avid walker and was recently diagnosed with a labral tear in my right hip. After looking at my x-rays, I was also told that I had "shallow hips" and that they could fix the tear with surgery but more than likely it would tear again within 5 years or so and I would be in the same boat as I am now. He gave me 5 options. 1) Do nothing. 2) Cortisone shots for as long as can take them. 3) Surgery to fix the tear. 4) Acetabular osteotomy. 5) Total Hip Replacement....
  • 4 days ago

    15 Easy Ways to Stay Active

    A few weeks ago we talked about the importance of staying active when you have arthritis and some of the exercises that can help you do just that. Today we’re talking once again about staying active, but we aren’t talking about exercise. We’re talking about small easy things you can do to stay active (and the good news is that you’re probably already doing a lot of them). From volunteering your time to tending your garden to parking in the last spot on your next shopping trip, here are 15 easy ways....
  • 5 days ago

    News: Study Questions Steroid Shots for Knee Arthritis

    "Doctors have used cortisone shots for years to relieve pain for their patients with knee osteoarthritis. Now, a new study suggests the shots may not provide long-term pain relief or protect knee cartilage." Find out exactly what the researchers in this new study found, here: Have you had cortisone shots for your knee osteoarthritis? What was your experience?
  • 5 days ago

    Extreme Knee Swelling

    Hi all! Need some advice. My back story 1st right tkr-Aug 2015 Revision-Nov 2016 Mua-Feb 2017 My poor knee has been and remains extremely swollen more so on the right side of the knee making the entire knee the size of a grapefruit. The more I walk ... It swells and causes pain I ice and elevate several times a day and swelling never goes away! Any advice you can share is appreciated! Hugs
  • 11 days ago

    Stretch Exercises for Tennis Elbow worsens pain

    I am a 35 year old female, diagnosed with tennis elbow two months ago. At that time, I only felt pain on the outside of my elbow when fully extending my arm in various positions, or lifting items from an extended arm position to a 90 degree angle. After a month of stretching exercises prescribed by OT, strength in my arm has increased, but my entire elbow now hurts throughout the day without even moving my arm. The OT modified the stretches to reduce strain, but after two weeks of the modified stretching....
  • 11 days ago

    6 Relaxation Tips You May Want to Try

    Relaxation is key for reducing stress when you have arthritis. See how these relaxation exercises, from rhythmic breathing to mental imagery relaxation, can help: Has anyone here used specific relaxation techniques to calm stress and help your arthritis symptoms?