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Hi all. I'm looking to find info/advice on how to deal with progressive osteo arthritis. In 2008 I suffered a very bad accident which destroyed all the cartilege in one ankle. This joint developed arthritis and is getting progressively worse due to wear and tear. I have had a subsequent arthroscopy surgery which helped a little. I also had tenosynivitis diagnosed in both thumb joints some 30 years ago but for many years this was self determining and only flared up occasionally. Now both thumb joints are quite severely arthritic also. My GP just advises to take over the counter anti inflammatories, eg voltarol or even ibuprofen but the discomfort is such that even taking the max recommended amount there are days when my hands are agony and I'm unable to do the most basic tasks (eg opening a bottle, holding a cup etc). I experience quite nasty side effects too from anti inflamms, for example stomach upsets and headaches. Does anyone have any suggestions for other ways I might help myself to cope with this condition. Thank you
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