FLARE UP OF PAIN
hi I am new to this forum and am hoping I can get done advice or support. I am in Australia 64 and female and have just had a second flare up of pain associated with OA I think. I had X-ray's yesterday on my ankles and knees and am currently experiencing significant pain in both if these places as well as tightness and discomfort in my hands as well as pain in my shoulder. Sorry to sound like such a whiner. My GP when I saw her last week suggested 3 days of steroid medication and strong painkillers. I hate taking the steroids so have avoided taking them until today and just used painkillers which have eased the pain somewhat. I have some questions I hope some of you can answer. This seems to be getting progressively worse, I still work as a substitute teacher some days but have found walking around a large school very difficult and I think I will wait until I feel better to return to this. Should I ask my GP to refer me to a specialist rheumatologist? I take glucosamine and other complimentary medicines but can't take some medications due to a stomach ulcer. I feel like I am on a downward spiral at the moment can anyone offer advice?