Finally getting some help??
So after years of varying pains, hip physio (suggested as post natal pains), shoulder physio(put down to posture following a broken rib) and most recently severe left shoulder pain which projected down my arm and up into my cheek, an emergency room doc suggested I may have arthritis.
A secondary chat with gp confirms I should be referred so I see the rheumatologist in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, high strength voltarol is my new best friend!
maternal family history of osteo arthritis and paternal history of rheumatoid arthritis with carpal tunnel (including my dad).
I am a few months away from 40 and given family members I have lost have been in their 80s, as are the elders still around, I have a long time to manage the pains and progression of whatever the diagnosis turns out to be. That’s what brings me here really- I need some advice and support right now but hope to turn that into ways to support and advise others as my understanding grows :)