Newly diagnosed

Hi , I've just recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in multiple joints , particularly hands , elbows & ankle joints. I have also limited movement in my neck & fallen arches in both feet.

I've recently had xrays on hands ( awaiting results) waiting to see podiatrist and awaiting physio on neck .

My rheumatologist has discharged me back to my gp for pain management, is this normal? Thanks Lisa.


  • Lisa1973
    Lisa1973 Member Posts: 6

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,601

    Yes, I'm sorry to hear of your diagnosis but it will be your GP who deals with it.

    You will have been sent to the rheumatologist to find out whether you have an inflammatory form of arthritis or osteo. Having decided yours is osteo, the rheumatologist has referred you back to your GP.. Rheumatologists don't normally deal with osteo.

    It's good that you will see a podiatrist and a physio. I hope the podiatrist can help your feet and, as for physio, it's so important for us to keep our joints moving. Your GP can prescribe meds you may need. Eventually, you may need to see an orthopaedic surgeon but let's hope that's not for some time.

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  • Lilymary
    Lilymary Member Posts: 1,733

    I agree with Stickywicket. Don’t underestimate the importance of the exercises, persevere with them daily to keep your joints moving and build muscle strength around the affected joints

  • Lane
    Lane Member Posts: 115

    Welcome @Lisa1973 to our friendly community, I see you have already made a connection.

    I understand that you have osteoarthritis in multiply joints, so here is some information that may be of help to you:

    Osteoarthritis (OA) | Causes, symptoms, treatments (

    All the best.