Hi - New user

claire68
claire68 Member Posts: 4
edited 19. Mar 2011, 03:35 in Say Hello Archive
Hi,
I'm Claire and i'm new to the forum. I'm 40 years old (just) and i was diagnosed with severe OA in both my knees 3 years ago.

Im looking forward to chatting to you all and hopefully will make some new friends, as it can be an isolated world in the land of arthritis (as im sure many will agree)

Look forward to chatting.. once i find my way around the forums :grin:

Comments

  • CarlyF
    CarlyF Member Posts: 76
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    *waves*

    Hi!!

    I'm new also, but i could easily get addicted to welcoming people here :) Enjoy your stay!
  • claire68
    claire68 Member Posts: 4
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you.. my 1st reply...wahey!
  • katie5
    katie5 Member Posts: 242
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Claire

    just want to say hello - I hope you enjoy the forum, i haven't been here long myself but everyone is so friendly and so helpful, I love it.

    see you around

    Katie x :smile:
  • need me bed
    need me bed Member Posts: 103
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Claire,

    Always nice to meet new friends, that pasky Arther can be a pain sometimes. Glad you found us tho, I'm also 40yrs young but i have RA diagnosed about 5yrs ago now. Hope you find the forum as supportive and helpful as i have.

    *waves at Carly and Katie* ello girls xx

    gentle hugs all round NMB xxx
  • traluvie
    traluvie Member Posts: 2,579
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Claire,

    Welcome to the forum..
    I am 31 with 2 children, and 3 staffy's..
    Was diagnosed last week with OA in knees and thumb finger tips(this is from my bone scan results) and inflammatory arthritis in elbows, ankles, wrists and hind feet..
    I am learning everyday.. The people on here are wonderful..
    If ypou have managed to find your way around the forum, you will see that in the chit chat there are lots of different things to talk and laugh about... Aslong as you don't touch Tony's Tetley tea you'll be fine :lol:
    Look forward to seeing you around
  • mirabella
    mirabella Member Posts: 272
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Claire,welcome to this wonderfull Forum :smile: I am 60, 2 children,3 grandchildren,2 dogs,and up to 40 nursery tots(I work in child care).I love it and have just gone back to work after 18mnths off sick with double hip replacements with terrible complications.I have OA,in every joint that you can name,some are worse than others,but hey ho it's what we now have to deal with.Some days are worse than others.I do lots of physio,helps enormously,but can't walk very far,which is a bitch as I miss walking my dogs as I used too.I am scatty,also a bit dim on lots of stuff,have bad temper,which I put down to pure frustration.The people on this forum have helped me so much to learn how to come to terms with this awfull condition,helped me calm down,answered my stupid questions.They are the best people I know.Enjoy the ride :smile: Mirabella
  • tjt6768
    tjt6768 Member Posts: 12,170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Claire, welcome from me too hun, but yes, don't touch my tetley tea, it's more than ya life's worth.. Lol
    In case you're wondering, there is a virtual cafe (Vals) on the chit chat forum, you should drop in and have a cuppa.. Just don't drink from my pint pot :shock: :eek: :lol:

    See you around, be well
    :grin:
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 28,049
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Clare l am so ashamed not to have welcomed you to this lovely site, which I am certain will help you loads (it has me!).

    I think I have seen you on LWA already so belated welcomings from me :grin:

    Love

    toni xx
  • DoreenE
    DoreenE Member Posts: 2
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi everyone

    Just registered and glad to meet you all even though its online, been diagnosed with OA in both knees and struggling to get off chairs and climb stairs, I am 57 got 2 daughters and 2 wonderful granchildren.

    I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice on anything that would ease the pain, I can cope normally but it's getting embarressing while I am at work and I ca't get off a chair with ease.

    Needing help.

    Doreen
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Doreen, it's nice to meet you but I am sorry to hear you are struggling. We cannot tell you about pain relief (although most of us are on it!) the person you need to see is your GP. Tell him what the pain is like, what makes it worse and how it is affecting your life, he should be able to determine the level of pain relief you need - and I hope it helps you. I wish you well. DD
  • DoreenE
    DoreenE Member Posts: 2
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi DD
    Sorry I never gave you the full story, I have had Xrays MRI scans and seen a specialist and the only thing he said was for me to loose weight and then come back in 4 months, if there is no change to the suffering then he will talk about knee replacements but only the knee caps will need replacing he said. Yes I have put on about 4 stone over the past couple of years due to ill health however, I am focussed now and going to the gym 3 times a week to try and loose weight. Thanks for your message DD.
    Speak soon
    DoreenE
  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I find it very difficult to lose weight as I am now permanently on crutches (I have a different form of this pestilence to you) so moving with any degree of speed is a long-lost art. As I said, if it is pain relief that you need then it has to be the doc: we can tell you all about the different options but we don't know your medical history, don't know what you can 'handle' as it were drugs-wise and don't know your whole situation so we cannot tell you what to take. If it is getting harder to manage the pain then yes, you need to see him and ask his advice. Pain killer is a mis-nomer - they only ever take off the edge but that can be the difference between managing or not managing. DD
  • tjt6768
    tjt6768 Member Posts: 12,170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Doreen, welcome from me too..
    Blimey, fair enough if they want you to lose some weight and good on you for making the effort but has nobody discussed pain relief with you at all :shock:

    I agree (as usual as she is my wise and learned pal) with DD, you need to see your GP if you are struggling so much...

    Best wishes

    :grin:
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 28,049
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Doreen

    Welcome to the forums from me too!!

    Good to meet you and hope you settle in really quickly.

    Lots of company on here and a wealth of different experiences and now yours to add to the mix!!

    I look forward to seeing you joining in

    Love

    Toni xx

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