Hello. I've had OA who-knows how many years. I'm 68-y-o female. My MD offers a shot or OTC drugs. I accepted neither though cortisone is tempting. Last week I played Pickleball (a court game that lots of older folks are playing, you can find it on YouTube), and my hips were killing me the next day, and am still in pain bending forward so that I cannot go to my Ashtanga Yoga class this week. (If I had not fallen in love with this style yoga 2 years ago I would be going to Yin.)
I am assuming riding motorcycles daily for about 5 years and flying over a car twice in my 30's, plus running 56 distance races in a year and a half at 40 when my sacrum turned to cement, and now in love with playing Pickleball (but I may be over the hill with OA for that, I don't know).
And it is the I don't know that I am writing. I have some uninformed assumptions about OA (and borderline O-porosis which (MD says) is reason I broke both arms a few years ago).
It seems to me that arthritis moves around. Even if I did get a shot in the sacrum, or knee, the next week could be the thumbs not able to hold a wide glass, or the neck can't turn. I also am thinking those cortisone shots are not healthy in the long run. I took Glucosamine for about 4 years. It did nothing, except waste a lot of money and I had detox effects when stopping. No difference. I recently finished a bottle of Turmeric pills--another trendy scam IMO. Placebos. I take Fish Oil. Am not sure if it helps, but been doing it a long time. I've been vegan 7 years (except for the Fish Oil). My blood tests are fine.
My guess is that I am doing all I can and just have to be where I am, chill when I have to and be grateful I have done things in the past that I can no longer do. I am getting my first dog next week (first pet!) and hope that takes the edge off of pains known and unknown. Oh, and I did agree with my yoga teacher to try an ayurvedic diet. I roll my eyes at that stuff, but, can't hurt. My physical therapist for the neck told me yoga was the best thing I could be doing. Bottom line, I think this disease does not have a plan, it just wanders randomly, likely to get worse, but why look now.
Thanks for being here y'all.