Hi - I'm Ann. I'm nearly 67 and have had osteoarthritis for about 10 years. I've had two successful hip replacements. I've also had steroid injections and radio-frequency ablation for lower back problems, and am going back to the pain clinic on 9th April.
Several years ago I had what was diagnosed as polymyalgia rheumatica, which settled on steroids. Recently I've had a recurrence of severe buttock, thigh and shoulder pain - worse in the morning. A blood test then showed my ESR and C-RP to be within normal limits. This is worse now and I'm having a repeat blood test on the 8th.
I'm also on treatment for long-term depression and for type 2 diabetes. I find that I get very tired.