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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