Welcome to the Online Community from me. Unfortunately Osteoarthritis can and does affect young people in spite of the general perception that it affects older people only.
I am attaching some information which you may already know about Osteoarthritis:
Many of our members are living with this condition and have had it a very long time. You have come to the right place for support and to hear others' experiences.
Please do join in wherever you feel comfortable.
I have beeen living with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis for over 30 years.
Lovely to meet you and welcome you to the online community. It sounds as though you have a lot of experience with Arthritis yourself and will have plenty of tips to share.
Please do come along in and join in wherever you feel comfortable. We have all sorts of conversations going and you are sure of a warm welcome from our members.
My name is Alice and I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my wrists and ankles at the age of 20. I'll never forget the moment when the doctor clumsily told me.
It was during my Undergraduate degree, and my specialist area was Physical Theatre. I realised that my wrists and ankles were both swelling frequently. I went to the Doctor as I thought I might have sprained them from experience in the past as while I was growing up, I competed in Trampolining championships and would often have strains. The Doctor took the samples, went off and a few days later called me to say "Good news. It's not rheumatoid arthritis, it's just normal arthritis."
I didn't receive support for my 'normal arthritis' and although life has changed considerably now and I am enjoying my career, I had to change my path which was pretty devastating.
Last year, I was diagnosed with PTSD which is something I'm learning to manage. But the incidents were all linked together - my diagnosis came at a time when my confidence was low from other things and so I listened to people when they told me I was too young to have arthritis and really, ended up making the pain worse.
I'm just grateful now that the world's views are slowly changing; for both my mental and physical conditions. There are still stigmas but forums such as these are such a great tool for knowing that I'm not alone in my battles.
Thank you! 🙏
Hi and welcome,
It's great to meet you, you have come to the right place for information and conversation with others like you living one or more forms of arthritis
There are many here more than happy to share their experience as you share yours.
This link is for general information regarding any type of arthritis
Find out more about the different conditions, treatments and how to manage your symptoms.
if you have a specific question please post in the Living with Arthritis discussion or for general chat in the Chit Chat discussion. Just join in wherever you feel comfortable
please bear in mind you are never alone.
Hi Michelle and welcome to the Versus Arthritis forum.
Whilst I’m sorry to hear that you suffer from RA it’s really positive that your prescribed medications are working so well.
You are no doubt aware that our website has a vast amount of information which may be of further use to you at some point https://www.versusarthritis.org/
You can also call our free Helpline on 0800 5200 520, or email [email protected] (Mon - Fri 9:00am – 8:00pm) if you ever feel they could help.
I hope you will contribute further to the various forum topics as your story can help others who are still in search of a treatment that works.
Hi Dan and welcome to the Versus Arthritis forum.
Sorry to hear that you’ve got osteoarthritis and that the pain is getting worse.
I experience similar issues myself with loving exercise but then paying the price the next day.
Our website has a huge amount of information on OA as well as exercise and pain management. You could start here https://www.versusarthritis.org/search?query=OA+hips+and+knees and https://www.versusarthritis.org/search?query=OA+exercise
I’m sure that other forum members will be able to share the benefit of their experiences and offer you some advice.
Hi everyone, my name is Linda, I'm new to the forum/chat ...I'm long awaiting hip surgery, anyone the same out there ?
Welcome to our online community!
I'm not personally waiting for any kind of surgery but I believe several of our members are who I'm sure you will get a chance to talk to. In the mean time, if you need any information on hip surgery, please head over to our versus arthritis website: https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/treatments/surgery/hip-replacement-surgery/ . There are lots of different sections on hip surgery from preparation to recovery so you may find this page useful.
I expect it is frustrating having to wait so long for the surgery. Our living with arthritis page has lots of useful advice on different tasks that can be difficult to carry out https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/living-with-arthritis/
I hope you will continue to post in our forum and that you are able to meet people who have similar circumstances to yourself.
I registered on the site yesterday and am saying hello. My doctor suggested this site a year ago but haven't used it. Just lately the arthritis seems to have taken over and I know now I have to take it seriously. Really appreciate the help and advise available here. I will say, I am not much of a talker.
Hi and welcome Elaine
Thank you. 😀
Hello and welcome to Versus Arthritis online community @ladydoxxie
you have come to the right place for information and conversation with others like you living with rheumatoid arthritis
I am sure you will find that there are many people here more than happy to share their experience as you share yours.
This link is for information regarding rheumatoid arthritis, also info on our helpline and other forms of help.
While the Co-vid 19 lockdown has meant our local services have had to change, there is still some services being offered virtually in many areas. If you wish to find out what is happening in your area check this link https://www.versusarthritis.org/in-your-area/
If you have a specific question please post in the Living with Arthritis discussion or for general chat in the Chit Chat discussion. Just join in wherever you feel comfortable, please bear in mind you are never alone.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kerri from sunny Norfolk. I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since the birth of my first child 21 years ago and am on Biologics to control it. So far I've had a friendly welcome, so Hello everyone 😊
Hi, I am Bob and I have had auto-immune system problems and rheumatoid arthritis for 10 years this month. I have great trouble getting to my feet out of bed or a chair and walking is very painful. I really wanted to share my story of 4 am when I got up out of bed without pain or effort and walked to the bathroom without pain or limping. I analised what I did different last night and here it is:- I made a curry with Turmeric and ginger of course and watched TV while eating 6 flat peaches. I awoke at 0930 with small amount of pain and started my breakfast with 2 peaches. I intend to eat two peaches every meal and adjust accordinh to my pain level. I have been on methorexate 25mg self inject weekly for ten years andnot much improvement until today. :)
Hi @BobbyC101st - Bob lovely to meet you and welcome you to the Versus Arthritis online Community.
What a very interesting story! 10 years of RA and not much improvement until today. Very interesting. So you plan to experiment with your diet and see whether or not it continues?
I very much hope it does and that you will let us know what happens.
Just in case you are interested this is some information about Diet and Arthritis:
Bob thank you so much for your post I hope to see more of your posts in future.
New to the forum but surviving RA for the last 10 years.
Absolute pleasure to meet you all and look forward to chatting with you.
Hi StabbedBadger (Steve)
I have left a message on your last post in discussion regarding employment.
greetings from the Limpopo Mountains. I am a 49 yo Brazilian artist currently living in South Africa. I am privileged to spend these crazy times in an incredible landscape with amazing non-human animals! If anyone needs a "burst of fresh air" I can send some pictures!
I've been suffering from Chronic and joint pain for at least 10 years, but only this year after severe flare up that made me loose movement in my hands have found a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with RA and urged me to start treatment (and was very blunt when I told her I've gotten used to live with pain... "but now your age won't let you"! ) . Previously I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, stress, PTST... and tried some drug treatments but mostly relied on exercise, diet and alternative therapies. I have been on Sulfasalazine and Methotrexate for a month now and coincidence or not flare up is gone and serious decrease of pain. On the other had I am suffering with nausea, lack of appetite and really bad stomach pain. Also lotsa of pimples! :(
Looking for tips and ideas on dealing with it! Good day to all!
Welcome to the forum - it's great to have a member from South Africa, we have other European members and some from Australia too!
Now you are on Sulfasalazine and Methotrexate your RA is controlled but you are feeling sick and have stomach ache and no apetite and some spots.
They do sound like side effects of Meth and Sulfa - I'm going to include links to those meds, but the best thing to do is get back onto your rheumatologist and explain, there are remedies - taking folic acid or moving to meth injections perhaps.
I'm sure these will help you check the side effects you are having, do let us know how you get on your appointment - I shall be looking out for it!