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I have recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. It started about 18 months ago although I have had a bad back for about 20 yrs ,I have had 4 m.r.i's and the results came back with carpel tunnel of left hand ,herniated discs in my neck and lower back, bone spurs,a tavol cyst and various other things. I have extreme pain in my left hip which causes me to lean heavily on my walker that sets of the arthritis in my hands and shoulders then my neck. I find I can mostly cope during the day by taking strong co codamol but at night and when I get in bed it's murder and keeps me awake half the night,I often cry with the pain it can be that bad. I have tried a tens machine and a heat pad which do help a bit. I'm only 66 and don't want to end up in a wheelchair by the time I'm 70 but I am so depressed by it all I don't even feel like getting up some mornings. I feel that the Dr doesn't won't to know,I referred myself to the cats team (multiskelital) team and had some physio exercised which I did at home but hav'nt helped.Sorry to prattle on but just needed to vent my feelings before I go mad.
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