Health, Wellbeing, Happiness

So it’s official …

I have Osteoarthritis!

I know, I know … you think of arthritis and you think of this …

old lady with arthritis

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.

wrist xray

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.”

MY TREATMENT

Note – I haven’t yet purchased any of these as I only went to the doctor today.

panadol_osteo_capsI’ve been prescribed Panadol Osteo to relieve the pain/aches.

You can read about it on this page.  Panadol also has a page “Tips for managing hand Osteoarthritis“, as well as pages providing tips for Osteoarthritis in other parts of the body.

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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  1. I don’t think of it as an old lady disease I have had it since I was 30 I turned 50 2 weeks ago and just went through the same scenario as you but more tests it is very bad in my right hand and my fingers specially my thumb,i feel for you Min it is a horrid disease and I am looking at some surgery on my hand in the future! I had a knee replacement 3 years ago this coming January,take care xx

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    • I’m sorry to hear you have it too Lisa 😦 and for so long! Happy birthday for 2 weeks ago! I think I wished you a Happy Birthday at the time on my FB page 🙂 That will be me next year. I don’t want a party – just to go away somewhere beautiful in nature and be pampered a little 😉 Did you do anything special? xo

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    • Hi Em – yes very achy. I’ve had various aches and pains for many years that come and go but it seems to have gotten worse and is staying nowadays. Not a biggie. Hopefully some relief is in sight with the Panadol Osteo and the natural supplements that i plan to get today 🙂 There are far worse things than this! xo

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  2. Ouch – I have some idea of the pain you are going through. When you get the Glucosamine – get the one that has Chrondriton in it as well. If I don’t take my fish oil and the glucosamine with chrondriton, my joints ache so badly I can cry – they definitely do make a difference for me.
    I hope you find some relief soon – take care !
    Me

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    • Oh no – you too! Yes with regards to the Glucosamine, my google research has told me to get it with the Chondroitin! I’ve also discovered that there is Calamari Oil on the market. Apparently Calamari has been found to be much higher in Omega-3 DHA than fish and krill oil. There are several types of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA, DHA, ALA) and DHA is showing to be the most important for memory, brain function and cognitive behaviour. Krill still provides benefits for arthritis and joint health due to it’s unique antioxidant properties. There is a Krill Oil + Calamara that might be worth investigating. So glad to hear that you get relief from pain from taking the supplements. It gives me hope that I can put an end to my constantly aching and throbbing hands!! xo

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  3. As I am sure you know, not everything works the same for everyone. For a natural remedy you might want to try OmniFlex. It contains Fish oil, rose hips, Krill oil, collagen II and pine bark extract which are all known to help with inflammation. They have a free trial ($7.95 S&H) at getonmiflex.com. Can’t hurt to try!

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    • Hi Gerald – yes I’m sure that not everything works for everyone. Thanks for telling me about OmniFlex – I’ll definately be taking a look at that 🙂 !

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