How do you live with Osteoarthritis in multiple areas?

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Hello,I am starting to feel my osteoarthritis more and more each day.I have had it for over 20 years.It never really affected my daily

living much, accept an occasional flare up in the knee or lower

spine.Now it seems the flood gates have opened ha ha to shoulder,cervical and lower spine,knees, hands and feet.Alot of

stiffness,aches and pain.Especially to the left knee(lots of crepitus and stiffness) and lower back.I am walking differently now due

to the pain in knee,which is hard on the back.I am open to any

suggestions for how to live like this each day such as assisted

devices to heating pads,things like that.I already am on medication such as voltaren gel,pain meds and light exercise.

How do you battle the low moods in knowing this isn't going to

get better? I am in my early 50's so would like to still be as active

as possible and enjoy life.Thanks to all who listen biggrin

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    hi. i suffer with osteo in both knees, both shoulders, lower spine for about 15 years i am 60 in feb. your low moods sound like depression like me (on meddication for it) also on pain relief meds. i go to hydrotheraphy and find it good. if u havent been before ask your gp about it. 
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    I am 64 and have had osteoarthritis for just over 20 years, I have most of my pain in low back upper back shoulder hands arms also down the sides were kidneys are, but that could be from all the nerves, it affects my groin left side, it is very weak. I take gabapentin effort the nerve pain which only helps slightly, but the other constant pain sometimes have to take tramadol, have been on naproxen but get a sore stomach with that, I feel worse through the winter, just wish there was a drug with no side effects.
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      Hi lyn,it's a rough thing to live with and certainly can get us

      down. Constance gave some great tips.We need to find joy

      in the little things of life each day.I don't tolerate most meds.I

      I have sensitivities to side effects due to fibromyalgia so I

      understand that issue.I will remember to write a couple of

      scriptures down and keep handy to comfort me when pain

      is unbearable.Have you tried Voltaren gel? It is an anti-

      immflamatory gel drug but by passes the stomach.It is by

      prescription but I think there is something similar in the

      store just not as strong.Hope today is a beautiful day for

      you.Hugs Tory

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      Yes Tory I have tried the gel and several other ones too, I try to stay as active as I can because if I don't I feel terrible, it's funny but you would think that resting would make you feel better but it don't. You have a great day...

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