Help please-osteoarthritis pain

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Hi I’m new to this forum but I would really appreciate some help/advice. Im a 49 year old woman and Ive been suffering for the past 4 years. I have bilateral osteoarthritis in my hands, hips, knees and midfeet and I also have osteoarthritis in my lumber spine. I also have bursitis in both my hips. All my arthritis has been diagnosed by x-ray and I have had an MRI scan off my feet which also showed up some inflammation. I had to pay privately to get my MRI done. I am in constant pain even at night. I’m taking co-codamol but can’t take anti-inflammatories because they make me feel sick. I don’t see any specialist about my condition and the only information I have on it I got online. I’m visiting my GP tomorrow but I find it very difficult to get across to her how sore I am. Does anyone suffer from osteoarthritis in all these joints? Is it normal? What pain medication is everyone on? Should I be seeing a specialist and if so what kind? And how do I talk to my GP? Sorry for the long winded message but I’m just desperate for some help and relief. Thank you so much in advance x

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    hi I've got it in both my hips moderate I think I may have it in my feet but havent had any scans on it yet my gp has reffered me to a specialist but hasn't given me any pain relief for it expect me to suffer

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    Hi Tina, I have osteoarthritis in lots of joints (one new hip 10 years ago) but not in as much pain and discomfort as you. I don't think a GP is qualified to diagnose you. You should be referred to a consultant and/or a pain clinic. Have you contacted Versus Arthritis the UK arthritis charity. You could ring for advice, they have loads of info on line or in hard copy, all sorts of booklets. You are very young still, try to be firm with the GP that you can't go on like this. Best Wishes Linda.

    P.S. I should try to contact Versus Arthritis before going to the GP if you can.

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    I am 68 and have osteoarthritis in both hands , both feet and i have had right and left hip replacements , the left being 8 weeks ago . My gp referred me for xrays and they came back abnormal so on to the hand surgeon . I had a trapeziectomy on left hand and now awaiting the right hand once i have fully recovered from the hip replacement .I see a podiatry doctor for my feet who has prescribed inserts for my shoes which help a bit.I take Naproxen and paracetamol .Also tramadol when the pain is at its worst .I cant take co odamol.

    My GP referred me in 2018 for my hands and after steroid injection which didnt help much I had surgery for the first hand in Feb this year. I was seen very quickly ( i live in Cornwall ) The recovery has been long but I am feeling the benefits now . Have you had your hips etc xrayed as that maybe the route to go down with your GP .Good luck with your appointment , it can all be so frustrating if you have a GP that doesnt listen.

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    hi thank you all so much for your replies. This is a very lonely illness and as much as I hate to hear of anyone else suffering it's nice to know I'm not alone. I am going to be very firm with my gp tomorrow as I dont think it's ok just to send me away with a diagnosis but no prospect of any treatment. I will also ring the Versus helpline (didnt want to waste their time before now) . I ll pop a message on tomorrow after I've seen my gp , never know this time she might listen. Thank you so much again x

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    Hi tina ive got osteoarthritis in both my hands. And also both my arms ive also had a tkr in 2018 which is still causeing me pain im on morphine for the pain naxpron which helps some you need referring to a consultant as they will do xrays n mri scan our a ultra scan. I dont think gp listen to you.

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    hi everyone I went and seen my gp this morning and she was actually really helpful. She has referred me to a rheumatologist and took loads of blood tests to recheck me for inflammation . She said that although it's rare for someone my age to have bilateral osteoarthritis with so many joints involved it isnt unheard of. She also said if no inflammation shows up and the rheumatologist doesn't think I have any inflammatory arthritis she will talk to me about stronger more effective pain relief . So all in all a much more productive visit to my GP x

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      That's wonderful news, Tina! The rheumatologist is a great idea/ can rule out other conditions besides osteoarth. I have inflammatory arthritis and have a rheum. doc Good you got blood tests too. The GP listened Yeah!!!

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    By this time I'm assuming you've already seen your GP. But I just wanted to mention that you may possibly have polymyalgia rheumatica. you're a bit young but there have been others with the condition that are younger than you. the key is that it's bilateral pain. It doesn't exactly explain your hands your feet but certainly your hips and your spine. Google the disease and see if it matches your symptoms. A simple blood test can confirm it although you can have PMR and have normal inflammation markers.

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