It's tough

Sewsy Member Posts: 10
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:06 in Living with arthritis

I have osteoarthritis in my spine and hands and feet for many years. Isn't it hard when one lot of medicines are needed but then give you a problem with another chronic health condition. Seems like a balancing act. Does anyone else have this problem?


  • PeterJ
    PeterJ Administrator Posts: 883

    Hello @Sewsy and welcome to the forum

    I can understand what you mean by a balancing act with medication, but does it help with your osteoarthritis in your spine and hands? I think a lot of time a medication which helps can have side effects and you just have to keep talking to your GP or specialist until the balance is found.

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  • Lilymary
    Lilymary Member Posts: 1,740

    Hi @Sewsy , it just seems to be part of life once you have more than one medical condition, off-setting the benefits of one drug against its side effects or reactions with another, particularly when it causes problems with other medical conditions. Part of the GPs skill is making sure anything new they prescribe is compatible with other drugs and medical conditions. Mine knock the stuffing out of me and give me double vision and constipation that turns going to the loo into aerobic exercise without taking even more pills and potions and hoping I get the timing right! The alternative is not being able to leave the house, so it's not much of a choice really. 🙄

  • Loggiemod
    Loggiemod Member Posts: 220

    I know what you mean - I get meds for some of my conditions and it has negative affects elsewhere, but all I can suggest is keep going back to your GP and hopefully you will find something that works. In the meantime keep going and embrace the good days

  • Dan70
    Dan70 Member Posts: 7

    Hiya. Yeah, I started by taking 1 pill per day, now I'm on 17! Recently I was even offered another to help me sleep, but I turned it down. I'm on more than enough.