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  • 4 months ago

    Coming out of remission?

    I was diagnosed with RA in May of 2014. I took Methotrexate and various different biologics, trying to find one that didn't give me petechial rashes. I was on Enbrel last year. In November I was diagnosed with breast cancer, so I stopped all RA medications in preparation for surgery. Then after surgery my doctors told me to stay off those meds during radiation as well, which occurred in February and March. After finishing all my treatment, I went back to my rheumatologist, who asked how I was....
  • 5 months ago

    Joint Pain (feet,knees, hands)

    Please someone help. In November I started waking up with locked knees and pain in both feet when I applied pressure. I addressed it to my doctor and he ran blood work to check for arthritis but everything came back normal. Over time it became worse and I started getting pains in my wrist and fingers. My doctor then referred me to a hand specialist for steroid injections. This did not help. Everyday it has worsened and I can hardly walk and use my right hand. I am only 39 and do not do physical labor....
  • 5 months ago

    Total Knee Replacement: Left done considering the Right one

    My left Knee was replaced 15 months ago. Now, the Doctor said I need the Right one replaced. I still am dealing with the left one uncomfortable. However, it is 95% better than what it was. I have had shots which helps but the Doctor said I am bone on bone. I want to wait for surgery because the last one still frightens me. It was a big deal to get over. I think I want to wait on the right one until it gets worse. What are your thoughts?
  • 6 months ago

    OA shoes?

    I am 20 years old and was recently diagnosed with early osteoarthritis in my big toes. Does anyone have any shoe suggestions? I have Oofos flip flops that have nice arches but I need something for walking around campus all day. And I was wondering if Chacos would be any good.
  • 7 months ago

    What's wrong with my knee? Please help! Frustrated and in pain.

    What's wrong with my knee? Please help! Frustrated and in pain. I was seen at the ER 2x by ambulance when I injured my knee on 4/17/18 and again on 5/8/18 going on 10 weeks now with no improvement at all. Knee is unstable, LOCKED up at a 20 degree angle, unable to bend. I'm unable to bear any weight at all on it. I am on crutches with an immobilizer that were prescribed by the ER was diagnosed with IDK 1st time 2nd time was diagnosed as being a meniscul issue. Was referred to an Ortho attending....
  • 8 months ago

    Test Results

    Does anyone know why I can't get my test results (blood, MRI, etc) until after the doctor reviews them? I keep forgetting to ask when I'm there. After all, it is my test results.
  • 8 months ago

    Osteoarthritis in hands

    What works the best to do for hands?
  • 8 months ago

    Need Advice

    I desperately need some advice. I am sorry this is so long. I've been pursuing a diagnosis for a longtime but haven't been given anything definite yet. I have seen a rheumatologist for the first time. He gave me several prescriptions and lab orders for blood work and x-rays and I was to return for the results in two weeks. But while at the pharmacy trying to get the prescriptions filled I found out that my insurance had dropped me. This put a hold on it all for almost 2 months while I had....
  • 9 months ago

    Knuckle and hand swelling...

    I recently started a very physical job that involves a lot of pushing and pulling. It is heavy work on my wrists and shoulders, but I never experience any pain during work. I'm realising, however, that every morning I wake up with swollen knuckles and hands. It is only slighlyt painful, more of a discomfort really, but the swelling takes a while to go down. Usually goes down after my morning shower. I'm worried this might be rheumatism. Does it sound like it? If so, is it dangerous for me....
  • 10 months ago

    Why's my cartilage so frail?

    First diagnosed with arthritis in my right knee at 35. Thought it was no big deal, hah! 21yrs later, over 20+ surgeries! An athlete starting at age 9. Stopped slappers whe married at 22, but, waited tables starting at 17 for over 20 yrs. NO serious injuries EVER! BUT , joints began to fail, got them replaced. Told by an orthopedist, that I have "frail cartilage". Why? How? What does it mean? What can I do? My lifestyle has always been active! I'm loosing myself to this! Photo of latest....