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Living with Osteoarthritis

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 118
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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