I have been a Sparker for years but dropped off the radar for 6 months when I started a new job. I came back a few days ago and checked off the box to get information on arthritis - that generated an email that lead me to this team. I'm so happy to have found you all.
I have not had an "official" diagnosis of arthritis but my Internal Medicine doc said she was sure that's what I have. I also have a neighbor who does therapeutic massage and she swears I have Fibromyalgia. I am inclined to believe I have osteoarthritis - although RA is not out of the realm of possibility. I will be going to a pain specialist in October and then I'll get some answers. I have to wait until then due to an "insurance thing." The reason I'm fairly certain it is some kind of arthritis is that it started about a month and a half after I fell flat on my back on a tile floor in the summer of 2011. I landed with my left arm under me and broke that wrist in the fall and the arthritis is worse in that hand/wrist - also worse in my right hip than the left one. My left thumb gets stiff at night - to the point where bending it at the joint hurts like the
I find that if I wash a couple of cups or dished with good hot water, I can then bend it with no problem. My biggest problem is trying to sleep at night. I fall asleep and wake up in an hour or so because I get very uncomfortable and have to turn into a different position. I've taught myself to fall asleep on my back - something I never was able to do before - but I still have to turn to my side once in a while. I try to stay off the right side so I don't put too much pressure on that hip but when I just have to turn on that side, I wedge a pillow under my leg and it helps. On the funny side, my husband also has pain issues and he uses extra pillows too. Between us, we have six pillows and a couple of travel size ones on our bed every night. Pretty soon we're going to have to go to a King bed just to fit all the pillows
Well, now that I've gone on and on - sorry about that - I just want to say that I'm so glad to be on this team and I look forward to all the information and support I feel sure I'll get from all of you. I hope I can contribute in some way too.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He wlll make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
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