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I have to the doctors to find out why I am getting a lot of pain in my right knee, foot and elbow only to be told that I might have the start of arthritis in them, so I not only have Ceoliac disease and fibromyalgia I now could possible have arthritis as well, so if anyone has if there anymore out there in the forum who have got any idea's to help me please.

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  • Hi there Purple-haze

    Poor you, I know what it's like to have the arthritis diagnosis thrown at you. mine started off in my left shoulder and has decided to make its presence felt in other places too. I had a full shoulder replacement in 2011 which worked very well for four years but recently I am noticing I'm getting the same sort of referred pain further down my arm. I'm awaiting the other shoulder to be replaced any time now. If you visit our mother site, I am sure you will be able to find out some more information there and I'm sure too that others will come along with help for you.

    Sending lots of positive healing vibes your way 😀

    Foggy x

  • Hi there

    Please forgive me if I'm stating the blindingly obvious, but do you take medication for your pain?

    I've been having elbow/arm and knee/thigh pain recently. Also the base of my right elbow has gone brown 😁. I am seeing my GP soon and am going to discuss these new pains with her.

    I thought my pain was already sky high, but the pain in my right leg last week was unreal. I actually went to bed during the day, which is unheard of for me.

    If you don't want to take medication there are lots of heat patches and gels you can buy. Personally I use the Deep Freeze spray which I use when all else fails.

    Gentle hugs

    Lu xx

  • The base of my elbow has now gone brown too. Can you let us know what your doctor says about it? I had it down to too many years propping up the bar ha ha 😺

  • Lol! Yes of course I'll let you know x

  • Hi bluemermaid

    Its okay to ask the obvious questions, yes I am on medication for the Fibromyalgia but I was given a cream to rub in for the pain in my elbow/ knee and foot which don't seem to be working but my husband said that it will take a few weeks before I feel the benefit from it, but I want something to work straight away. What your thoughts on it?

  • Hi there

    Perhaps you could go back and see your GP and tell him/her that the cream is not working?

    Have you had a look at the leaflet that comes with it to see if it says how long it takes to start working?

    Other than that I'm out of ideas. Sorry 😢

    Blue x

  • I haven't read the leaflet but I will and I will read it, I will also give the cream a little longer to see if it will, but if that doesn't work, but if it doesn't have any effect after a week I will go back to my GP and see if he can give me anything stronger. I let you know what happens, if that's okay with you?

  • I am afraid most of us suffer with Arthritis as the wear and tear - of life react on the most used joints. Taking Fish oil - cod liver oil tablets-

    Eat oiliy fish twice a week.

    Make sure you keep the joints moving .

    Welcome to the club

    Best wishes


  • Hi I started with reactive arthritis then went onto fibro etc , you need your omega 3 oils so fish in your diet will help ,ask to see your rhummie stay away from diet drink as asperitum will aggravate your symptoms and just be kind to yourself ,maybe some yoga if you can mange it or some swimming nothing to strenuous.that was the advise I was given 4 years ago also ask if you can a dietician we what we eat unfortunately oh yes stay away from dark spirits and red wine 😟 .

    Good luck

    Shadow. X

  • Yes join the club it seems it's part and parcel of getting older , as said try and keep the joints oiled and moving as much as possible or they will stiffen up, heat pads are good I have heated things for most parts of my body. LOL. Neck/ shoulders, back, knees, feet/hands. I look like the Mummy when fully clad. 😱. Got to laugh or will cry 😃

  • Yep hate to say welcome to the club but it's the truth. I am one of the unlucky ones they told me at 11 that I had it in my knees. So take it easy stay as active as you can for as long as you can. Good luck and hugs it's a hard thing to wrap your mind around or it was for me.

  • I am so genuinely sorry to read this and I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck. So you can see, most of us also have this kind of multi-affliction illnesses from Fibro to Arthritis. It appears to be par of the course? There are quite a few arthritic medications that you could discuss with your GP?

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Sorry to hear that purple-haze. I have osteoarthritis as well as Fibro and a few others not worth mentioning. The wonderful people on here gave good advice when my right knee started to flare last week. I'm sure you will be offered many ideas.

    I find heat helps. I use bought heat pads that last for 12 hours. There are a couple available in supermarkets or chemists. My personal preference is thermacare. I use the one for the lower back and wrap it round my knee. They are not cheap, but if they help they are worth every penny.

    Wishing you a manageable day 😺

  • Just thought I would say that the heat pads that Sorebones mentioned are sometimes available in the pound shops, I had to put that first as with fibro fog descending I would have forgotten otherwise. I am sorry that you have joined this not very exclusive club as so many people on the forum seemed to have those two partners in crime fibro and osteo. Do try if you can to keep as active as possible as with osto you need to keep the muscles that support your joints in as good a condition as you can. If you have a bath a nice Epsom salt soak helps when the pain is unbearable. Others have also mentioned the cold sprays and I use the cold gels as i find more relief with them for the osteo pain.

    I tried Flexiseq to no avail but when I gave the half empty tube to a friend to try she found quite a bit of relief for her osteo. As we know what works for one does not work for another.Hope that you can find something that helps.x

  • I have Rthritis is my neck, lower spine, shoulder thumb and osteoporosis as well as the FB and I can sympathise with you as its no fun! I think you just have to modify your life style to accommodate your goods and your bad days. Rest if you need to . Hope you leatn how to cope. I sm still trying. I have referred to the Pain Management clinic and hope that will help.

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