arthritis please help!

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Hi everyone! After having a baby 3 years ago my right hip start hurting and since then never stopped. I did some x rays and doctor told me there's a narrowing of the bone. I search it and it's seems to be beginning of arthritis in my hip joint. I'm 41 years old. My hands especially my left also hurts a lot and has lumps in every single joint is there any medications to slow down this process of wear and tear and what's best to take that doesn't affect so much the stomach besides the conventional NSAIDs? I use voltarol cream when the pain is bad. Thanks 

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    Hello Leni.  Sorry you have joined the 'club' of OA.  I too was an early starter with OA - 30, after a segregated symphosis healed badly after the birth of our son.  I'm 78 now so I really know what pain is.  Having said that, there are so many things you can do so that it doesn't get worse.  Eating the right foods, 'correct' excercise (not just the rushing around, lifting, etc with your small child)😀.  Google excercise & food re OA - there is a lot of info out there.

    Post on this forum whenever you have a question or need more info.  There is always someone on here who will listen/advise.

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      Hello thank you for your reply. I forgot to mention that this health condition runs in my family really bad. My mum had a hip, knee and toe joint replacements. She's 67 and had to have an early retirement from the police force at 50 because of her hip. I talked with her about this disease sometimes but she said there's not much To do about it. Besides she lives away in Portugal and I'm in U.K. I appreciate your advice. I will look into my diet and exercise to see if helps more dealing with this pain. I know it will only get worse if I don't do anything. Maybe they will have in near future better medicines instead of the usual NSAIDs. I've already have some stomach issues because of having my gallbladder removed, and the hip pain started around same time after my child was born. 

       

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      I'm very much afraid your mother is right.  Things have improved somewhat in recent years  (most importantly the correct things to eat, the correct excercise, etc) but if OA runs in the family it will probably run to the same pattern.😡

      I cannot use NSAIDs as I too have stomach issues.  I take Cocodamol slow release tablets.  You have to be very strict with yourself using these tablets long term as they can become addictive.  I limit myself to 3 (on bad days) 4.

      Take heart, you are very young and could help yourself a lot with excercise (but don't over-do it)😏😏.  My daughter had the beginnings of OA a few months ago, but she rides her horse, rides to the stables on her bike, walks whenever she can and now she has NO PAIN.  Might be worth thinking abount, but again, don't do too much or your joints may not be able to cope with it.

      All the best.   Constance💐

       

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    Hi Leni

    My hip started playing up when I was 46 and enjoying my running.

    After the hip was replaced its the knee on the other leg now.

    I've also got it in my fingers but they don't hurt at all.

    I take glucosamine tablets every day and while they don't help my knee I think they do help the fingers.

    My fingers used to lock when I was weilding spanners at work or at home but don't any more.

    I've tried all sorts for my knee but so far nothings helped.

    When I had to jack in running I took up cycling which helped loosen the joint.

    In fact the surgeon encouraged me to cycle which I did right up to the day before my op.

    Good luck with managing your arthritis anyway you do it.

    Larry

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      Thanks for your reply too. I suggested my dad ( 81) to take glucosamine when he's knee swollen up few years ago and he says it makes a difference. I sent them to Portugal where I'm also from. I'm very glad I could help him. I think it helps some but not others.

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