I have Osteoarthritis!
I know, I know … you think of arthritis and you think of this …
but this does not mean I am an old lady … OK! 😉
I found out today. It’s not really a surprise. I have had aching joints in my fingers (mainly) and wrists on and off for years. My grandmother had it and my mother has it. It’s good to know for sure now though.
In early October my sister and her two children were coming to stay (from Sydney) and the perfectionist in me went berko crazy scrubbing and cleaning the house within an inch of it’s life – which resulted in me having two very sore and utterly useless wrists. I went to the doctor who thought it might be tendonitis. She put me on an oral anti-inflammatory and said to come back if it didn’t improve.
It didn’t improve, so I recently had my left wrist x-rayed. Here is the x-ray of my left wrist and most of my left hand. Apparently that x-ray shows signs of osteoarthritis. If you’re in the medical field, perhaps you can see it?! If they did an x-ray of all of my fingers they would definitely see more of it.
I’m thankful I do not have Osteoporosis or Rheumatoid Arthritis!
SO WHAT IS OSTEOARTHRITIS?
A little browse of the web came up with lots of pages with descriptions but here is one:
“Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that affects the joints. In a normal joint, the ends of the bones are covered by a layer of cartilage. Cartilage helps the joint move smoothly and cushions the ends of the bones. In OA, the cartilage breaks down and becomes thin. This leaves the ends of the bones unprotected, and the joint loses its ability to move smoothly. OA mainly affects people over the age of 45, but it can develop in younger people. Osteoarthritis is different to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become fragile and brittle, causing them to break more easily.”
Note – I haven’t yet purchased any of these as I only went to the doctor today.
I’m also going to try some natural supplements such as Glucosamine and Fish Oil but will also do some further research on what products out there are recommended and what the best brand to use might be.
My doctor also told me about this place – LifeTec. LifeTec is a not for profit organisation that is focused on providing you (anyone with a disability of any type including arthritis) with free specialist information, advice and support to maximise your independence and safety through the use of assistive technology. Their website has a fabulous ‘product search’ capability where you could look for products to make your life easier. For me – the jar openers are looking very appealing!! Whilst I think the need of this organisation’s services for me is a little premature *ahem* … what a fabulous organisation that before now I did not even know existed!
So dear readers, I would really love to hear from any of you who have Osteoarthritis and what supplements or treatments you take or are using that help you. Any recommendations?
Ciao for now,
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