Osteoarthritis

I have the preliminary report from the bone scan and it shows bilateral osteoarthritis — the degeneration of articular cartilage in the joints resulting in pain, stiffness, and chronic inflammation — of my shoulders and hips! What in the world? This wasn’t what we thought it would show — nor what the doctor was scanning me for. I haven’t experienced trauma to the shoulders, especially, so I’m confused how I have OS in these joints. I know from previous MRIs that I have degenerative conditions in the cervical spine (the neck) and lower lumbar. But I have injured these areas. So I wouldn’t be surprised to has arthritic changes occurring there…

That caused me to wonder if there’s an association between this, my endometriosis and my autoimmune disorder. To go back to my original endocrinologist’s analogy of the umbrella. Those with autoimmune umbrella disorders are prone to catch it all — much like an up turned umbrella.

Anyway… I Googled for a correlation and one must exist. Sadly, the reason for the scan was not identified and that pain source is still a mystery. I’m fed up with this stuff! Really!!

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4 responses to “Osteoarthritis

  1. Endochick,

    I hate to say it but with all of the different chronic conditions you’ve been treated for over the years, I can’t help but wonder if osteoarthritis is linked to any of the medications you’ve taken over those years?

    Jeanne

  2. The most common form of arthritis affecting people today is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. It is estimated that over 20 million Americans are afflicted with osteoarthritis and it remains the biggest cause of disability among adults. But this number is expected to skyrocket in coming years as the growing numbers of baby boomers retire. Still, young people can also acquire osteoarthritis from severe joint injuries but it remains a major health concern for older persons. although diagnosed in over 20 million people, it is estimated that half the population has osteoarthritis in at least one or more joints. Basically, it is a very common affliction and risks increase as we age. And unfortunately, osteoarthritis is common in both men and women. Oddly enough, however, the condition is more common in men before the age of forty-five. After 45, osteoarthritis is more prevalent in women.:

  3. How are you doing now? What medications do you have for your OA? I had osteoarthritis but was totally healed through stem cell therapy. My doctor. Dr Purita of Stem Md scheduled me for 6-weeks treatment and I am glad that it worked for me. I hope you will find the most suitable treatment for your arthritis too. 🙂

    • Hi Kirsten, I take over the counter naproxen on occasion. But I have other meds to consider — interactions and whatnot. I will have to look into stem cell therapy for my osteoarthritis once it gets to the point where I feel I need to. Right now, I have it in my neck, shoulders, hips and lower back.

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