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Living with Osteoarthritis

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 136
i was first diagnosed with arthritis in 2002 after a bone scan. at that time, the arthritis mass was centered around both of my shoulders and hips.

but it wasn't until around 2005/2006 that i started  having more problems.  i first started to notice that it was difficult to move my right arm up or down or sideways.  then if i had to grip something or shakes someone's hand, my whole arm trembled.  i went to my first shoulder specialist who gave me a steroid injection.  that really helped reduce the pain and i was relatively pain free in my shoulder for 2 1/2 years.

i went back to these same shoulder specialist who took a number of x-rays.  this was the first time i heard the word osteoarthritis.  i always though all arthritis was the same.
i learned that oa (osteoarthritis) did not have any cure and that it was a degenerative type of disease that will spread throughout your body.   i continued to have a number of m steroid injections to try to calm down my shoulder.  after a number of them, my doctor says it was no longer safe for any more steroids. 

meanwhile, he took new x-rays and showed me the progressive of my arthritis in just 14 months.  my shoulder joints were now bone on bone with a number of bone spurs.

the only solution was a complete shoulder replacement.  i left the doctors office a bit dazed.  i had all my spinal surgeries and i really didnt want to start on with joint surgery, especially knowing that shoulder surgery is probably the toughest to recovery from and the most painful therapy.

i did finally have both shoulders replaced in 2010, one in april , the other in october.  trust me, the surgery was fine, but the therapy was more than brutal.  i hated every second of therapy, but i knew that i had to do this to have a good recovery.   the actual recovery time, between home physical therapy and outpatient physical therapy was about 18 months per shoulder!  a long time.  but, i am happy to say, my shoulders are great now, i have almost a 95% range of motion, when most doctors and therapists thought 80% would be the best for me because of my age and prior spinal surgeries.

so, now i am completely aware of osteoarthritis.   would you like to see  some spine-health videos i did to discuss osteoarthris?

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Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
 I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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