Recent Diagnosis Any Help/Advice?
I was diagnosed in Feb 21 as having Osteoarthritis in multiple joints, hands, fingers, wrists ankles feet and spine. I have ben waiting for a diagnosis a few month prior to Feb 21. I was also diagnosed in Sept 20 as having peri osteopenia and polyarthralgia after X Rays and blood tests as i have been in quite a bit of pain since April 19 and it has slowly gotten worse. I am also extremely tired and on quite a bit of medication. I also suffer from Chronic Back Pain since 2007 and have been under the pain management clinic at the hospital for many years having Facet Block injections and Radio Frequency Ablation on my lower spine.
I am only 33 years old and have a husband and 3 children 10, 13 & 14. I work full time in HR. I am struggling to cope at the minute and i am trying to manage work/home life as they are both demanding roles. My hands are so sore and i am trying to carry on but it keeps me awake at night with the pain and stiffness and my thumb has gotten really bad over the past few months too. my elbow has started to ache hurt like my hands so i think i have also got it in there. I am on Nefopam, Co-codamol, Etodolac, Omeprazole and Evacal and have Fenbid 10% gel. I wear hand and wrist splints they help somewhat in aiding my joints.
I was seen by a consultant at rheumatology in Feb 21and they said i had early osteoarthritis and exercise is best for this and given a booklet on exercise, i was also told the MRI i had last Apr 20 had roughness and that the osteoarthritis was on my spine. My pain management consultant has not mentioned this to me they discharged me as they could not help me anymore as what they were doing was not giving enough pain relief in my spine obviously i didn't know i had arthritis in my spine at that time.. i was not really told much else. the letter i received from the consultant said i also have osteophytes on quite a few joints, and mild crepitus in my knees too which i was not told at the face to face meeting.
I am struggling i how to manage with the pain and try to carry on as normal. i don't know if this is normal to suffer really badly with the level of pain i am in. it is not letting up and seems to be getting worse. I haver not managed to get any help or advice anywhere else and i am unsure as what to do or where to turn to. my thumb at the minute is really bad that any movement is sore and constantly aches.
any help or advice would be much appreciated.
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