Osteoarthritis what helps you?

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hi I first noticed pain in my hip shortly after my son was born thats now 16 years ago. I ignored it as it was just occassional feeling of my leg giving way and the pain was only for a short time. 

The last couple of years has got worse severe reduce mobility I then started thinking as Osteoarthritis runs in my family to my childhood. I was the only child in the whole school that couldn't cross their legs and now working in education I can see that as there are still no children that can't do it.

It's so stiff that going for a smear is something I dread more.

Anyway I went to my doctors and was sent to a clinic xrays showed severe oa in left and moderate in right they won't even do knees even though they are also bad. I was told I wouldn't benefit from physiotherapy and needed a replacement. I thought well at least after I will be a bit normal. But the surgeon said I was too young at 45 and needed to try and manage for as long as possible. He said my hips were deformed and that was why I had oa. I then asked him about glucosamaine grabbing at some kind of hope, only to be told he doesn't think any of these remedies do anything. I left deflated with no hope at all.

So I googled, I tried the glucosamaine then came across flexacil ultra after 3 months I can walk for an hour most days as exercise and keeping joints moving is so important. I then just found a great video on youtube "Hip Osteoarthritis Video" by CTC healthcare, yesterday so I thought I would share my story and hopefully other people could add what is helping them. 

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    Thanjs so much for sharing. I too have severe oa in my left hip and also in my right hip though not so bad. My neck is also in a bad way. All to do with posture and of course inhedetry. I realy recognised your story about being young and not being able to cross your legs. I also have been strugling with my hip and pelvis. A lot of the time i was very limited when doing certain stretches etc when training and warming up for different sports. But how was i to know. I felt fit and healthy. I know have been living in spain for 20 yrs and my hip has got a lot worse over the last 7 yrs. I was suppose to have had a replacement in january but had to pospone it to a later date due to my neck and also because i started suffering from depression and anxiety. I am a 44 yr old male. I am on a lot of meds but am slowly getting better. I go for walks and do a lot of stretching though it is very draining and painfull. I did find 1 really good thing... a private osteopath who has helped me a lot. Worth trying !!!!

    I saw the youtube vid and was amazed...thanks so much. Hope you can have a replacement soon. I was told that i needed 1 asap. So at least i can enjoy my 40ties and 50ties with less or no pain. after that....we will see haha. I was also told by my osteopath that if i would not have it done i will only do more damage to my right hip and the rest of my body.once again...thanks for sharing..and all the best !!!!!!

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      thanks Bozzer your lucky to get one, I do hope your getting help wih the depression and anxiety too ;-). I will look into an osteopath.

      That video is great I only came across it yesterday so started my first session today and although they look so easy I was still struggling to hold onto my knee in first one. However I'm going to give it my best and hope it will give me a little more flexibilty. Good luck ;-)

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    Thank you so much for the information.  I am talking to other people on here about what is helping them with their OA pain.  You are so young to be having problems. 

    I have tried glucosamine as it was recommended by physiotherapist at the hospital, but it has not helped with my back and hip pain.  I will look up flexacil ultra and also watch the utube video.  I am so spleased it is helping you with your mobility. 

    In our other discussion we are comparing various rub on gels. 

    Thank you for sharing, and I will definitely look those things up. 

    Are you in the UK?

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      yes that's why I didn't think it was oa at the beginning, but it does seem to be getting more common in younger people. Yes try flexacil it has glucosamaine and other similiar ingredients. I am in the uk yes, I think other countries seem to offer hip replacements earlier.
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    Pain is pain no matter HOW old or young you are!

    Putting up with pain just means that you miss many fun things in life.

    Osteoarthritis also runs in my family. I just had a total knee replacement on my left knee and am anxiously awaiting the surgery on my right knee. I am 64, and I am post op 6 weeks on my left knee.

    I hope you will not lose many precious moments of YOUR LIFE dealing with OSTEOARTHRITIS before you get it taken care of with surgery!

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    I have had one knee replaced and am scheduled for the second in October 2015.

    For a number of months my right hip has been VERY ACHEY, and IT was what kept be awake in the nights more than my knees which seemed to settle down a bit during the night.

    Lately BOTH HIPS and my lower back have been SCREAMING at night but also during the day.

    I have had good success with taking Extra Strength Tylenol (1000 mgs. Rapid Release capsules) every 6-8 hours AND using Icy Hot roll-on throughout the day and night as needed.

    My gastroenterologist said I should NOT take the Meloxicam (Nsaid) prescribed by my Rhreumotologist for osteoarthritis pain, SO I am left with Tylenol which helps with pain but is NOT an anti-inflammatory.

    It truly becomes a slippery slope!

    I have not heard of Flexacil. I have taken Osteo Biflex over the years and several others. I am not sure if they helped because I just MIGHT have been worse had I not taken them.

    My Primary Care doctor suggested Fish Oil (Omega 3s) to help my cholesterol, and when I began taking the fish oil (2000mg. per day), I ALSO noticed some relief with my joints.

    Will check out Flexacil! Thanks!

    Hope you are doing well!

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