Knee arthritis..

Simpsons7
Simpsons7 Member Posts: 2
edited 4. Mar 2019, 08:45 in Say Hello Archive
Hi I am new today and grateful to be accepted to this forum. I am struggling with knee arthritis and after a visit to my consultant the outlook seems very bleak. Obviously there are lots of factors involved but today I feel like my whole life is about to change for the worse. Can anybody help?

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  • moderator
    moderator Moderator Posts: 4,085
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Simpsons7 and welcome to the forums from the moderation team.

    I am very sorry to hear about your diagnosis of Osteoarthritis in your knee(s?) I hope I’ve got that right? I am glad you have seen a specialist, but am feeling as though your diagnosis and meeting with him/her is very recent. When we first find out that we have any form of Arthritis things can seem very bleak and frightening and we can often feel very alone.

    We have a great community here, with lots of experience of arthritis who I know will make you very welcome and help in any way they can, but in the meantime I hope the following links will help you.

    This information by Arthritis Research UK is about osteoarthritis and is very comprehensive:

    https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/conditions/osteoarthritis.aspx
    Arthritis Care’s information about Osteoarthritis of the knee can be found here:


    https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/osteoarthritis-of-the-knee/


    Best wishes

    Ellen.
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,243
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello from me, too :D

    Believe me, your 'whole life' is NOT going to 'change for the worse'. I've had two kinds of arthritis for most of my life and my life has been a god one. There are key ways of seeing things and dealing with them, though.

    Some things will change. Not always 'for the worse' though it might seem like it at first.

    You will almost certainly have to modify your life and lifestyle. The key is to do it in a way that allows you to hang on to the bits you really want and let go of the less important things.

    One thing that really should be prioritised is exercises. Walking is not enough as it doesn't stretch ALL the muscles that are needed to keep the joints strong, working and less painful.

    There is an art to living with arthritis but, get it right, and, oddly enough, it can actually make many things better for us. It has taught me some hugely valuable lessons that, without it, I'd have resolutely ignored. Go for it :D
    "The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran
  • Catby
    Catby Member Posts: 3
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Simpsons7
    Although OA is a problem, try not to let it take over everything you want to do. See if your GP will refer you for pain management - I am finding that extremely useful
  • Hannahis40
    Hannahis40 Member Posts: 5
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello from me too!
    I’m 40 and have have OA for approx 20yrs, I’ve not long had my first knee replacement!!!
    How can we help?
    Hannah
  • 40withKneePain
    40withKneePain Member Posts: 25
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hey

    Dont be down, it is very hard to digest that you have an illness. The way to see the positive side is that you will learn so much about your body in the next years and how we as a community can share our experiences to get you through it.

    I have arthritis in the knee too. Sever diformity and am looking at knee replacement IF the biologics I am on do not work.

    I have been down for so many years, and now I feel positive. You have to overcome what you have and focus on what you can do to help!

    Stay strong, dont let the disease stop you from thinking how valuable your life really is.

    Its a obstacle we all have to pass through.
  • Peter1935
    Peter1935 Member Posts: 1
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi everyone,
    I am Peter (83) and have had osteo arthritis in my right knee and in my fingers and thumbs since 2012, but managed to contain the effects until this year with Glucosamine which I get from [text deleted]. Recently I have been having knee pain again and I have had an X ray to confirm that it is osteo arthritis but have started taking [text deleted] Turmeric. It has been 3 weeks now and my knee iand hands are much better than they have been for ages and I will continue taking the medication.

    Text deleted to remove the name of the shop, and to remove the branding. This is advertising and isn’t allowed. Moderator Yvonne
  • moderator
    moderator Moderator Posts: 4,085
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Peter1935,

    Welcome to the forum, lovely to meet you. That’s good news that the glaucosamine has helped you carry on your normal lifestyle, good luck with the turmeric too.

    Many people don’t have the same effects and so need to take pain relief and anti inflammatory medications, others need to alter or amend their lifestyle to allow them to enjoy the activities most important to them, possibly all of us need to learn to ask for - and accept help.

    I hope you continue to enjoy the forum, we love to share and celebrate your highs and be beside you during any lows - and everything in between!

    Take care
    Yvonne x
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,243
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hello Peter and welcome from me too.

    I, too, am pleased you've found help for your OA. It's great, though not very frequent, when people can control it so effectively. I hope the turmeric continues to work for you.
    "The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran
  • 40withKneePain
    40withKneePain Member Posts: 25
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Welcome and I totally understand how you feel!

    I am on the verge of knee replacement and I am horrified. The community here has been fantastic to really help and bring positivity back to your life. As you can see many people have OA like me and are dealing with it with a more positive attitude then I ever have.

    We need to adjust our thinking and accept it is what it is and focus on the next. Of course this is never going to be easy, (i cried last night thinking about the knee replacement and seeing horrifying images on the net)...this morning i read posts on here and I was ok again.

    Be strong, we are all here for you