Dear Team .
I live in Burwell Cambridgeshire and I know I have OA as I’ve had a knee MRI last year and the orthopaedic surgeon said I had osteomalacia in my right knee cap , a torn meniscus following a fall and OA in the bony ends of femur and tibia. I also get lots of pain in both my thumb joints, my left big toe joint and have right elbow tendinitis.
However I have had nothing diagnosed as such for these and it’s just assumed you have OA from my clinical history as none of my bloods came back with any inflammatory markers . I find there is nowhere to turn for support or advice with a diagnosis of OA . I just get told” oh it’s just arthritis “ and I get the feeling I should just get in with it and suffer in silence … but it’s really impacting on lots of areas of my life . If I garden ( which I love ) for even half an hour nowadays I have terrible pain and stiffness in my joints and need a hot bath . I can’t open jars , packets or bottles abd have bought an aid to help with that and it affects me going up and down stairs , in and out of the car and getting up from a chair .
I would just love to talk to others who have been thru the same and ti hear what they do to cope and live with this much pain and inability to use my thumbs at times. It’s especially bad at times when the weather is wet or a storm is coming . Pain killers don’t seem to work at all . Heat is good . Im 58 and a nurse having worked full time for past 5 yrs and have just gone part time ( which is great after the past 3 yrs in NHS…)
Apologies if I seem to be moaning but I have found so little support with OA and I just feel like I’ve just got to get on with it and learn to live with the pain and frustration of its limitations on my ( once very active ) life
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