Chronic Arthritis/ Fibromyalgia

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I've had CA for 9years, I've had both hips replaced part of my shoulder replaced, now my doc says my knees will be next. Thing is I've developed pain all over now, could this be Fibro, is anyone else having this problem ...thanks

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    Impossible to say anything without far more details Susan - is it just pain or do you have any other symptoms of any sort?
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      Thanks for replying Eileen, before it was joint pain, now it's as if it courses it's way through my body. I haven't been to my doc re this as I've been told  they don't see to want to diagnose FM.

      I'm on other tablets for high BP, what made me think about about FM is I also get sore points especially at the back of my head. My minds always a bit foggy and confused....maybe time to go to the doc...

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      I wondered if you had stiffness and muscle pain for example. I think that too often FM is used as an excuse for not wanting to look for other things and there are other things with similar sorts of pain that they cando something about if they put their minds to it!

      You say "chronic arthritis" - do you mean rheumatoid arthrtitis or osteoarthritis? Both can lead to needing jont replacements but they are very different.

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      Hiya, yes it's OA it's hereditary. My three brothers have had joint replacements all passed down from my mum. Yes I get muscle pain and stiffness but it's this all over pain I've just started to have as if it's just  running through my body I was wondering about 
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    Hello Susan, i can understand how you feel. I have had Septic Arthritis at the age of 11 and now Osteo Arthriis, so in all 47 years. I have had my right knee replaced twice now. I have Arthritis in my spine and my right knee is showing signs. I suffer constant pain but the worse is the nerve pain. I think you may be best to go back to your GP as they can then examine you or do blood tests. It could be defered pain. Let people here know how you get on. Best of luck.

    Elizabeth. 

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    I am rather surprised you have not already been to the doctor. Sometimes you must suggest things yourself and I would think you ought to be asking for an IRM/IRM which will show everything in details and also get a blood test. Worry is something you should try to avoid. About the knees, specialists are sceptical about a replacement nowadays. They like to try something less drastic in the first instance like Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP) which involves in injecting your own white blood cells into the knee. Because it is your own blood there is no risk of rejection. Ask about it as I believe it is relatively new in the UK.  Take good care of yourself and for me it helps to think of others far worse off There is always something far worse just around the corner.  Best to you.
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    Hi Susan; I can understand where you are coming from, as I too have Osteo, and have developed Fibro.  When I describe my "pain"...it's like my muscles are "on fire...feel like I've been sunburn't on the inside/under the skin"....there is also the issue of extreme Fatigue and weakness...if I go/do something one day, it will take me at least 3 days to get over it. Then there is the Muscle Stiffness, my neck being the worst, and trying to get through a night without waking up with my neck-stiffness, causing an headache...these are some of the symptoms.  Talk to your GP, and yes it is always a very good idea to rule out everything else first....if all clear (even after an MRI), then try some Cymbalta/Endep...that helps my burning pain, and some valium at night to help with the neck stiffness.....good going....Bron
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