opal1266 Member Posts: 10
edited 22. Mar 2010, 19:29 in Say Hello Archive
Hi, my name is Cara and I'm 37 married with an 18y daughter and 6y son
I currently still work full time as a CCU nurse, but will need to be looking elsewhere soon,
This week after 3 years of being told by GP that pain is due to being fat (BMI 31) so about 3 stone overweight...I finally had a diagnosis of moderate to severe degenerative osteoarthritis. My consult said I have the knees of a 50 year old and the hips/spine of someone twice my age. CT has also shown mod changes in neck, shoulders, arms and fingers.
I'm stiff and sore
I've just been started on Butrans patches as fentanyl didn't suit.
Physio/hydro to start ASAP. other than that just carry on while I can.


  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello and welcome Cara.
    I hope we can help you on this forum. You can ask lots of questions on LWA and relax and have a laugh or debate on Chitchat.Any work probs can be addressed and we have a helpline too!
    I am sorry you are stiff and in pain.You should get some medication to help with this as now you have a diagnosis.
    They do like to blame weight for our aches and pains dont they
    Take care
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 29,643
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Cara

    I am very pleased to meet you :)

    Sorry about the OA though :x I hope you dont have to give up your work - it is invaluable and I bet you get loads out of it too

    You are very welcome here and I hope I will see you around and about on the site


    Toni xx
  • trisher
    trisher Member Posts: 9,263
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Cara

    A warm welcom from me too.

    You will get lots of advice and support on here. If you have any questions just ask.

    We like to have some fun and relax as well, there are many topics on the CChat zone, there is also a cafe there where you can eat what you like calories are not mentioned :D

    I hope to see you posting soon.

    love Trish xx
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Cara
    I also have OA in multiple joints, but I am quite a bit older, nearly 60.
    It is a struggle getting the right meds, I am not there just yet.
    You will get lots of support on this site, and people are very friendly.
    We also have the chit chat, if you want to come and relax with us .
    I do hope things start to improve very soon for you.
    Take care
    Barbara x
  • chris7
    chris7 Bots Posts: 2,696
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Cara

    Just popping in to say hello and add a welcome from me too.
    Sorry you are struggling with work now and the aches and pains harder to cope with. Do post any questions on the Working or Living with forums. I do sympathise, I now struggle with work but will say when I eventually got to see a physio and started hydrotherapy it really helped improve my mobility. I hope you find the same.
    Hope to see you posting again soon.
  • bubbles
    bubbles Member Posts: 6,508
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Cara, welcome to the forum, from one retired nurse. Sorry to hear about your OA, I wonder if our jobs only added to the problems that we now have? Back in the day when health and safety was unheard of...........I have spent a fair few times on CCU, on both sides of the bed!
    Hope you get lots of help and support from the forum, the people are wonderful and supportive.

    xx Bubbles
    XX Aidan (still known as Bubbles).