I have osteoarthritis in my lower back and neck and hands. I've been getting epidural shots in my lower back for awhile now. It does help but still I feel like I'm getting more crippled. Is this normal? And it seems like I'm aging faster. I notice it when I look at my picture, last year to this year. Could it be the pain that I've been in and the stress and sadness that pain as caused. Plus I'm hungry for sweets a lot and I used to not like sweets.
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Pain/stress can take a toll on your overall health so I am am sorry to hear it is causing you to feel you are aging faster. Hold on to those little victories on your lower pain days! I hope you hear from other community members soon who can speak about their own experience.
Hi Danette I’m new to Osteoporosis too. Well fairly new. My Grandmother and mother both suffered from it so I’m on HRT patches and I’m sure this is slowing the pain etc. You do not say your age but I’m retired now not fit but only get pain in the winter. Noticeably better in the summer. I also take a gastro gentle mini aspirin each day which reduces the inflammation. I’m told X-rays show it to be in my spine but no pain problems there yet.
Getting Old is not for sissies!
I would add that OA varies for everyone. Some people may experience a noticeable decline in health with OA, whether due to rapid decline in joint health or due to comorbid conditions that set in (e.g., diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure) while others may feel the joint pain and stiffness but not progress very quickly or may not develop those other conditions.
The best course of action to slow progress is to stay physically active - keep joints moving even if it is uncomfortable or painful. Physical activity is vital to keeping your joints mobile and minimizing pain and stiffness. Maintaining a healthy weight, or losing weight if needed is another key factor. Even small amounts of weight loss will make a big difference in load on knees and hips; it will also help reduce inflammatory factors that can accompany overweight. Also, do what you can to stay engaged in those enjoyable activities with friends, family, even solo. It's easy for me to sit here and say this, but I can't say it strongly enough. Physical activity, managing a healthy weight, and maintaining a good quality of life are what will slow those declines, or at least help you through them.
Hi Danette, just joined this forum within the last few minutes.😊
I have Severe OA, diagnosed age 47, just about to turn 50.
Mine started with my neck & shoulders, with agonising pains in my head, which felt like someone was flicking all my nerves in my head!
OA is now throughout my body, more severe in my back.
At first when I was diagnosed, I was in absolute shock, upset & very emotional. Then started the meds, trial & error with a fair few of them, allergies to Tramadol.
Now settled with Gabapentin, it's helped me so far. I'm still trying to get used to this condition, but i'm taking the days as they come.
I know we're all different, but I try & keep myself busy & fairly active. I don't go to gyms, i'd rather go for a walk. But I don't over do it, otherwise i'll be paying for it the day after. We need to rest, & we know when we need to rest, & we shouldn't feel guilty about it.
Food wise, I find when i've over done it, walks, gardening etc, savoury food is what I crave for. Never did before. 😄
Anyway, sorry rambling away.
Hope your well as you can be?
Hi Ruth, I’ve just been diagnosed with OA and it’s mainly in my right hand, wrist and shoulder. Consultant advised me about pain relief and referral to hand therapy but I didn’t get told much else about this condition. Can you share any knowledge you may have, as I noticed you’d joined a year ago. Thanks
I have had oa in my neck for around 14 year and I'd say it's only effected me in about the last 2 years. I used to be into body building/weight training and that's the only thing I have had to give up because of it. I have it in my neck due to an accident.
I also now have it in my feet since about 18 months ago, in one foot I don't even notice it is there and I only notice it occasionally in the other, again I have it in my feet because of an accident.
I have recently taken up running and it is helping a lot, less discomfort etc.
I haven't been to bad with it overall, I think it is different for each person, some people go downhill and some don't.
Hi. I have osteoarthritis in my back, hips hands and shoulder. I have just had two hip replacements which have been life changing but whenever I stop moving I stiffen up again but I look after my weight and make sure I keep walking and moving. I don’t take painkillers now as the side effects were worse than the pain. Bending is a problem that really aggravates but I use grabbers but otherwise I find I can walk through the pain to ease the stiffness