I have serious constant pain due to O.A. I was told in October after having so much pain and inability to sit,stand, bend over or down w/o excruciating pain; that there were changing in the Degenerative disk disease. I had been told that I had a "joint" disease. Now my lower back is popping and grinding when I move in certain positions. I cannot sleep on my stomach anymore. The worse thing is my right leg seems to ache constantly and not carry it's weight. I use a 4-prong cane. Without it I drag my leg. The pain began in my pelvic area about 4 years ago and not moved down the hip, front part of my thigh all the way to my foot on that side. I have been experiencing tight muscle contractions. I am confused as to how to live with all this. I have other health concerns. Thank you and GOD bless for the help!
I really recommend you try some physical therapy to help alleviate the pain and gate problem you are having. I also recommend a medication such as Celebrex for the O. A. pain. Don't know what the other health problems are as to whether you can take this, but would be worth asking the doc.
As someone that suffers your pain I can only empathize, & my friend Laurie is right. Have you had any tests like an MRI or even just x-rays one on the lower spine area? It could be the leg pain you describe is sciatica which means the sciatic nerve in the back is being pinched. Since it's not joint pain there you are describing it sounds more like that. I have that also, but from failed back surgery. Degenerative changes go along with age, & osteoarthitis. I have it in every joint in my body. It dosen't mean you need back surgery. Usually if it's caused from these problems they won't do surgery, but you can get a spinal injection for the pain & inflamation in the hip & leg. Sometimes they help & sometimes they don't. Would be best to talk with your doctor about it. The pain in your neck is more than probably caused by bone spurs also caused by osteoarthritis.
Unless they see a stenosis in the spinal canal they don't do surgery for this either. Unfortunately unless you can get a chiroprator to work on you there is little left other than drugs as Laurie mentioned like Celebrex or plain old aspirin. My stomach won't take any of the so called NSAIDS for this type of pain, so I am left with taking narcotic pain relievers. If you can avoid this it would be better for you, as they are addictive, & you can build a tolerance to them which basically means they have to keep increasing the dose. I had surgery on my thumb joints & wrist for the osteoarthritis, & the last x-ray in October showed it was already coming back. I have had no improvment from having all this done. They want to do my right hand also, but am leary of having it done. Exercise is very important if you are able to do it & as Laurie said, have your doctor write you a script for physical therapy. If you are on Medicare you will have to watch what you are being charged, as they now have a cap on that too. Sometimes that can be overridden if your doctor writes that it is important for you to have. You will learn how to do things easier with less pain, & they will also try to give you exercises you can do at home to strenghten your muscle to compensate for your bones hurting so much. Hope this has helped you some...
That really sucks because i know how ya feel.. i have alot of arthritis as well. how old were you when you found out you had O.A.? if you dont mind me asking and what have you tryed for your O.A. as far as meds? it runs in my family.. Mickey from chicago.. I hope you can get the right kind of help.. God bless..
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