Putting out fires

LesleyJ1509
LesleyJ1509 Member Posts: 26
edited 18. Dec 2018, 07:28 in Living with Arthritis archive
Does anyone ever feel like you are putting out fires by treating one joint at a time? I have OA in my neck, back, hands, fingers, knees and feet.... all in all that is about 50 different joints and the doctors will only treat one at a time. I have just had a second arthroscopy on my knee and as it is starting to heal, the pain in my back and other knee is becoming more prominent again. Also doctors seem to think that fixing that one joint will make the world of difference to you when in actual fact the prominent pain just pops up up in the forefront again. I feel weary of the treatments and pain killers and I have quite a high pain threshold.

Just needed to vent a little as my normal positive disposition is struggling to fight through the joy that is arthritis.

Xxx


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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,224
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    It is frustrating when one joint out of many is helped. DD often writes on here that she felt pain more acutely when only one joint hurt. Now that loads do she feels a little better about things.

    But, what can docs do? Topical creams can be applied where needed and pills, whatever the adverts promise, permeate throughout the body but, when it comes to surgery, it's one joint at a time. And who would want a hand specialist treating their knee :o:lol:
  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 3,636
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Lesley

    Strangely, fixing one joint can often help relieve pains in corresponding ones.

    Mod Yvonne has had one TKR with both knees being in need of replacement surgery. She is now considering delaying work on the second one as she is now no longer putting such a strain on it having had the worst one fixed.

    However, the pain in wrist and fingers have now woken up and wave their little flags for attention...

    Brynmor
  • Airwave!
    Airwave! Member Posts: 2,431
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Yep the one that hurts the most id the one wd ho to the drs about and thats what he writes diwn and sdnds us off to the hospital for, the consultant then reads it and we sit down and want to talk about that one thing, thats the sytem.

    Last winter I just went and said I want some help and said what about seeing the rheummy, the letter was read at yhe hospital and I was sent to msk team, x rays and scans and 8 months later the msk team refer me to the rheummy amd thats where we sit, still waiting at ten months. Thats the system, doesn't work does it!

    Rant over.
  • LesleyJ1509
    LesleyJ1509 Member Posts: 26
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I am so grateful for the nhs, don’t get me wrong. However, I find when I have surgery my other joints have to overcompensate which makes them worse and not better. I appreciate that we all have different struggles but I am acknowledging that it is a struggle to anyone else that is in pain.

    Pain is part of my life and I have come to accept that, sometimes just being able to vent makes it a little easier.
    I am grateful for this forum to share our struggles as sometimes it is hard to talk to your family without feeling a burden.

    Have a safe and relaxing Christmas everyone. May you pain be less, your energy be more and your mind be at peace.

    Lesley xxxx


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  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,224
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I wish you the same, Lesley :D I hope your Christmas is a good one t07108