Osteoarthritis symptoms

PamEdwards77 Member Posts: 4
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:11 in Living with arthritis

Hi my name is pamela I have suffered with osteoarthritis since I was 18 with my right hip I am now 46 years old and I have osteoarthritis in both hips both knees , both hands , bulging discs and nerve damage in my spine and neck I also think I have osteoarthritis starting in both ankles and both shoulders I am on tramadol and gabapentin for pain relief this condition is taking away my mobility and I feel alone 😔


  • Ellen
    Ellen Moderator Posts: 1,485

    Hi @PamEdwards77 A warm welcome to the online community. This is an incredibly supportive group of people who all share your pain and understand.

    I see from your post that you have quite widespread Osteoarthritis and are feeling alone. I can promise you are not alone anymore our members are very caring and knowledgeable.

    While you wait for someone to come along to chat I am going to add a couple of links which might help a little or at least be of interest to you. The first really is worth a read it's just got so much information in it:

    and this one because you sound a little as though your mood might be a bit low which is a very common issue here:

    I do hope you'll decide to stay and share some of your own experience with others here too. Living with Arthritis tends to be the most popular category after Say Hello. Just join in wherever you feel comfortable.

    Best wishes


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  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 387

    Hi @PamEdwards77

    I'm sorry you are suffering so much. Has your GP ever referred you to a musculoskeletal team (MSK) for proper assessment of your osteoarthritis or have they just said this is what you have, take these tablets?

    If you've never been referred go back to your GP and ask that you are.

    There are things that can be done to help and fix you, you don't have to feel alone and you will never feel alone on this site.

    I had a foraminitomy in March to repair nerve damage on my C6/7 and a trapeziectomy in 2020 and currently waiting to see a hip surgeon.

    I have OA in my hips hands and ankles and have seen some wonderful physios from our MSK and brilliant surgeons.

    Please don't despair

    Love n hugs

    Trish xxx

  • Hi Trish to be honest my drs have said that it is incurable lose weight will help and here's some tablets I have seen consultants in the past for osteoarthritis but they say because I'm hypermobile osteoarthritis is gunna happen . I've got to see my dr soon again as I have crunching and cracking with pain in both shoulders now plus ankles I'm on tramadol and gabapentin for meds .

  • Trish9556
    Trish9556 Member Posts: 387

    Hi @PamEdwards77

    I'm not sure if you've seen this as it appears to cover your hypermobility.

    Joint hypermobility | Causes, symptoms, treatments (versusarthritis.org)

    I hope this helps you a bit as well as giving you a bit of information before you see the GP's again. I have had both Tramadol and Gabapentin. I was on 900 mg of Gabapentin three times a day plus 2 tramadol every 6 hours as necessary. I now have morphine patches for my OA pain but they're still not getting rid of all of the pain but I manage with these.

    I hope you manage to get some relief and some much needed help.

    Love n hugs

    Trish xx

  • I was born with my hip out of it socket been hypermobile since birth I know exercise helps with this condition but finding it very difficult at the moment.