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Many people were diagnosed with OA years ago and still believe the information they were given at that time.
Some doctors and physiotherpists fail to keep up to date on new research and methods so some people are still being diagnosed according to outdated criteria.
Consequently there's a lot of false information spreading like wildfire that people accept as fact.
One thing that I personally found HUGELY damaging and unhelpful was to be given a definite diagnosis of OA and told that I absolutely could not be cured.
Fortunately (thank god!) I refused to accept this. I cut the doctors out of the loop and researched for myself. As a result I am now cured. 100% symptom free. So many people are being given the same false information as I was (pretty much everyone it seems). I want to raise awareness of this so that those that want to do what I did see that there really IS hope. No guarantees, but hope.
It's been known for many years that there is no correlation between X-Ray / MRI findings and symptoms. Most older people have degenerative changes in joints that will show up on X-Ray / MRI - most have no symptoms. Some people have terrible symptoms yet little or no evidence showing up on X-Ray / MRI.
A few years back it was decided that X-Rays and MRI's really weren't helpful in making an osteoarthritis diagnosis. They simply did not tell the doctors anything useful. A diagnosis is therefore made clinically. This is what they say on the NHS website (There are articles on the Arthritis Research UK website saying the same thing - the diagnostic criteria is coming from official sources):
"There is no definitive test to diagnose osteoarthritis, so your GP will ask about your symptoms and examine your joints to help determine whether you have the condition.
Your GP may suspect osteoarthritis if:
you are 45 years of age or older
you have joint pain that gets worse the more you use your joints
you have no stiffness in your joints in the morning, or stiffness that lasts no longer than 30 minutes
Two statements there to focus on: *There is NO definitive test to diagnose osteoarthritis* and . *Your GP may SUSPECT osteoarthritis if you meet the clinical criteria*
There is no such thing as a definite osteoarthritis diagnosis. Essentially it is a catch all term used to describe chronic joint pain for which no cause can be found. Yet that is NOT what people are led to believe.
Why this unswerving belief that if you've been told you have OA you cannot be cured? The doctors might not know how to correctly diagnose and cure you but that doesn't mean that it can't be done.
Anyone that wants to try and achive a cure - drop me a pm and I'll share all that I learned in order to cure myself. Or check out the info on my self help website. You'll find it in my profile. Just because the health service hasn't figured out how to cure people suffering with 'OA' doesn't mean that they can't get together and figure it out for themselves.
If any health professional disputes what I'm saying speak up.
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