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I have had terrible pains in my hips knees shoulder and feet, after numerous trips to th doc he referred me to a specialist who told me I had osteoarthritis in my knees so did further tests and xrays on my hands and feet, the results have come today and all my bloods are normal it says xrays show mild osteoarthritis only, I still have to go next week for ultrasound on my hands but what do they mean mild osteoarthritis only? It makes me feel like im making up the ammount of pain im in up, it affects me allot I cant walk far or drive far depending what iv done throughout the day dictates if I will be in to much pain to sleep im so fed up I feel like im constantly moaning and because I look ok I dont think people understand the pain im in :-(

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    I firmly believe that osteoarthritis is one of these diagnosis that gets used as an excuse to stop looking for the real problem.

    There are lots of things that can cause pain - many of which are hard to identify. Soft tissue problems in particular are very curable but not easy to diagnose.

    Imagine this scenario - someone with your exact symptoms goes to the doctor and x-ray results, bloods etc are completely normal. They'll keep looking for a cause.

    The reality is that past a certain age most people will have signs of degenerative changes in joints - sometimes severe. Yet most are symptom free.

    I don't think mild oa should be causing this amount of pain. And if you're getting pain with mild oa in hands and feet then maybe, just maybe your knee pain is due to something else too. This is good news in the sense that there's a possibility that this can be completely curable.

    The NHS have a very poor track record for diagnosing and treating soft tissue problems. Once they've ruled out anything serious (and at this stage I wouldn't worry too much about the OA diagnosis - it could well be a red herring), it's probably worth seeing someone privately. Someone that specialises in soft tissue problems. A very good physio perhaps. This wouldn't be too expensive - maybe £35 - £50 or so for a single appointment and it could be a big help. The type of specialist I'd suggest would depend upon your symptoms.

    Can you describe your pain in detail? What type of pain (stabbing/aching)? Where exactly you feel it? Is it sore to touch? At rest? Worse in the morning? When you move? When you apply pressure?

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    I agree with Susan, Doctors, often just go for the obvious, anything else is probably more expensive to deal with so they try to fob us off with "Take some aspirin", "What do you expect at your age", "It's a virus".

    By mild, he probably meant that you could still move, even if it is painful.  Doctors seem to have a way that says "Stop moaning, it's not that bad".  They forget that people have different pain threshholds, that they may have to use the painful part more than others do.  They just cannot see how we feel some of the time and put themselves in our places.

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    The pain is a constant ache its basicaly all my right side it started in my knees yra ago they crunch when I walk, crack when I crouch, I struggle to get up and down stairs as they give way under pressure but sime nights i am in agony but im so restless, they have tested for lupus ect but say that its just the arthritis, I cant take codine it makes me feel ill so they have given me slow release tramadol which is amazing but say I take it today then tomorrow morning I will feel sick as a dog :-/ I feel like nobody understands how I feel and im sure my husband is thinkin shut up haha im only 35 with a 7, 6 & 4yr old 
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    You certainly have your hands full with your family.  Don't stress about what your husband may think, you're only guessing.  Is Tramadol the only medication they can give you that would help?  Hopefully, there will be new medication coming through that will be more effective, even if you are thinking that is all that there I'm is.

    Some people go down the natural route, change of diet etc.  I'm going to try rosehip extract and also Omega 3, and see if that helps. Look for Arthritis Care online and see if there is a group or a course to help with it.  I went on the website and said that I would like to do a course to help me and lo and behold one came up.  The people who gave the course were sufferers too and we were able to exchange tips.  Unfortunately only about 6 people turned up, it was sometimes just 4 so there weren't really enough to make a local group to

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      They have only offered me tramadol as I have asthma im not supposed to take ibuprofen but one doctor I saw said if I cant manage with tramadol to go back and they will give me patches which I have since found out off a nurse friend is morphine :-/ I just cant believe they will offer such strong medication without trying to rectify the cause, I know there is no cure for osteoarthritis but surely there must be something else they can do rather than drug me up, I am just guessing what my husband thinks but I do feel for him as it affects us in every way (if you get me) he is a little younger than me and although im only 35 im feeling very old :-( I will look into the groups though it would be great to speak to people in the same situation as myself, I just keep thinking if the docs are saying mild only at this stage what will I be like in a few yrs.
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      Well, then you can have knee surgery! I know that sounds glib, but it is a shame that it may have to come to that.  Have you tried ibuprofen gel on the joints?  I was advised that I shouldn't take ibuprofen orally, but have used the gel.  I tried diclofenac? spelling but that left me with a permanently upset stomach.

      Perhaps the patches may be the answer, and although it is morphine, presumably you won't be able to overdose on it.  What does your nurse friend think and has she any suggestions?

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      i have just had my 2nd tkr , ive tried all other meds with very little help at all , i ended up trieing the patches of which it is easy to overdose , each patch lasts one week starting at 5mg and working up till you get a dose which helps you , i had to come off the patches because of how they afected me , still working at the time was really strudling with every day to day things ,a feeling of not being in charge of my own body . i changed to mst another form of morphine , after having my first tkr and while still in hospital i was put on another form of morphine ,i very quickly changed back to the mst , what im saying is that although morphine is a strong drug it effects are different with every one , but at the end of the day once you have got to the stage of morphine you need to look towards surgery as the oa will be bone rubbing on bone giving you all the creeks and cracks all of which are gone once the joint has been replaced , i have never looked back on having it done and nowlooking forward to going back to work 
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    Whoops that went before I had finished.

    Carrying on:  ........start a small regular group to keep us going and encourage us. 

    You do need to keep moving though, or it will get worse.  That is one thing that I learnt.  I know it is the last thing you feel like doing, but you will only stiffen up and the joints will hurt more if you don't exercise at all.

    Hopefully you can find someone else in a similar situation and you can help each other by encouragement and ideas on how to organise things to make things easier for you.

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    I don't think there is any correlation between the degree of osteoarthrits and the amount of pain experienced.  Some people can have severe wear and tear but not too much pain, and the opposite can also be true - mild wear and tear and severe pain.  I didn't even know I had OA in my spine until it showed up on the x-ray and I only went because of the pain in my hip.  You have my sympathy Helen, znd I hope your GP can sort you out with some medication to help with the pain.  Keep going back and telling him how much pain you are in. x
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    Consult with another board ceritified rheumatologist.

    Tramadol is NOT morphine. In fact, Tramadol is a mild SYNTHETIC pain killer with no addictive properties. Go ahead and take it.

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    Tramadol is a centrally acting synthetic opiate analgesic (pain relief) medication. Thus it is an opioid and therefore a narcotic. Narcotic refers to opium, opium derivatives, and their semi-synthetic or fully synthetic substitutes. Tramadol contains neither morphine nor codeine, it is fully synthetic, much as methadone is a fully synthetic opioid medication.
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      I think you got the wrong end of the stick, as Helen isn't saying that Tramadol is morphine, she's saying she's been offered patches instead of the Tramadol.
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    mild oa is very painful and can come and go , it shows up on xrays as the bones end up rubbing on the other bones , bone on bone oa is very painfull indeed ,and we all different pain levels what is bad to one may not be to the next person,the question i would be asking is ,have i got oa or ra both very painful and both are treated different , ive just had my 2nd tkr due to oa , my bones were rubbing on each other causing me the pain , little bits of bone floating about around the joint ,now my joints are quite and i wouldnt look back , if this was ra the soft tishue would be inflamed and causing pain and wouldnt nessary need joint replacement  .i only had xrays due to pain in may 2013 so only 15 months later and only 53 years old i have now had both knees done , i didnt have much pain till i was bone on bone ,that does not mean you dont have a lot of pain only that people are all different 
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