New member recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis
So I was diagnosed with coeliac disease just after my 60th birthday last year. I’ve just turned 61 and have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my lower back, hips and knee - left side more affected than the right.
Just a few months ago - September - I was on a walking holiday in Scotland, climbing to see the Man of Storr and no issues with mobility. I exercise most days, with many of the exercises the ones seemingly recommended for keeping arthritis at bay and/or to help with management. I walk regularly, go to a dance class and garden on a steepish site. Then, just after Christmas I started getting weakness in my left leg, issues with getting up from the floor, progressing to difficulty getting up the stairs.
The Dr confirmed osteoarthritis recently and I am seeing the physio tomorrow for an initial session.
While I appreciated that as we age things change, it’s the speed of change that I have found most challenging and astonishing. I also appreciate that I have been fortunate to get to 60+ without arthritis etc.
So this is my first post to say hello and to seek advice on what really works - there is so much info out there and so many suggested ways to manage symptoms etc.
Which exercises do you find best for building up leg muscles - especially to support knees and hips? what about overall flexibility?
Any good supplements to help with inflammation etc?
How do you manage the, not just daily but, hourly changes to mobility, pain/discomfort etc?
How do you sleep comfortably at night?
Will I ever be able to tie my shoe laces easily again? Or be able to get up from the floor without holding onto something or someone?
Are there any connections between coeliac disease, arthritis and any other conditions?
Really I’m open to learn from you and, hopefully, in time to add value to this community.
Looking forward to getting to know you.
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